Conference on research to reduce inequalities opens in Accra

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An international conference on how scientific research can be used to reduce inequalities at all levels of society for sustainable development opened yesterday in Accra[October 13, 2022].

Called the “International Research Conference”, it is organized by the College of Humanities of the University of Ghana. This year is the fifth edition and brought together international and local researchers, students and private sector actors to deliberate on reducing inequalities through research.

The three-day conference is being held under the theme: “Perspectives on Inequality: Challenges and Prospects for Sustainable Development Before, During and After COVID-19.

A number of research papers will be presented in the different parallel sessions and they include “Children are also at risk: Communication inequality between adults and children in broadcast advertising on COVID-19; the challenges and inequalities facing refugees in their search for economic and related opportunities in Ghana; migration inequalities among low-level immigrants in Ghana and inequalities in the Ghanaian education system amid COVID-19: myth or fact.

Mandate

The Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Development at the University of Ghana and Chair of the Opening Ceremony, Prof. Felix Ankomah Asante said the conference theme was timely and relevant as it complied with the University of Ghana. mission to contribute to the intellectual discourse on global issues.

The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated existing inequalities and created new forms of inequality at different levels, including global, national, regional and within households.

“It has also affected different spheres of life and here we are looking at politics, economics and religion; and the domains of discourse here are gender, race and ethnicity. One can witness these disparities and inequities globally in the access and distribution of vaccines to protect people against COVID-19.

“This conference aims to address the myriad ways in which humanities research can focus on the challenges of addressing inequalities for sustainable development. I am happy to see local and international participants involved in the discussions.

“The University of Ghana through the Office of Research, Innovation and Development is currently developing a University of Ghana Research Strategy with the aim of being an institution of choice for research collaboration and industrial partnership.

He said that in this strategy, the university hoped to review its current research areas, which included malaria, transdisciplinarity and climate change adaptation; improve food production and processing.

Mandate

Provost of the College of Humanities, Professor Daniel Frimpong Ofori, said international research conferences have enabled the university to effectively fulfill its mandates as a research and training institution.

“It has exacerbated existing inequalities and created new forms of inequalities at different levels, spheres and domains of existence.

“These in turn have created challenges for sustainable development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” he said.

Professor Ofori said that in terms of how research in the humanities could address these challenges, the conference provided a timely avenue for creative theorizing, analysis and discussion of perspectives on the inequalities of all peoples. disciplines that seek to address global governance and development challenges related to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

He said the college is home to a rich and diverse mix of academic disciplines spanning arts, languages, business, law and social sciences.

“Our programs are founded on a rigorous and generalized multidisciplinary curriculum that develops students’ knowledge, analytical abilities, research skills and creativity. In addition, the college offers professional programs in law and business administration” , did he declare.

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