UWG Professor Offers Guidance to the United Nations

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa has invited Dr. George Kieh, UWG political science professor and author, to write a monograph detailing a study in Africa’s development. From Feb. 18-19, 2013, Kieh will present his technical paper titled “The Roles of Institutions in the Development Process: Toward theUWG Professor Offers Guidance to the United Nations Emergence and Functioning of a Developmental State in Africa” to the U.N. Economic Commission expert committee in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The U.N. Economic Commission for Africa contacted Kieh, who is originally from Liberia, in August 2012 to share his expertise on the subject of development in Africa. After performing extensive research, he submitted the first draft for review in October 2012. Based on the comments he received, Kieh completed the second draft of the 116-page paper on Jan. 15.

“I consider the invitation from the United Nations Economic Commission to undertake this major study and write the monograph a great honor, especially at such a critical time,” said Kieh. “The majority of people in Africa continue to suffer from mass deprivation including abject poverty, the lack of jobs, quality education, health care, housing, public transportation, safe drinking water and sanitation. Undoubtedly, a democratic developmental state can be the major engine for transforming the material conditions of ordinary Africans.”

The U.N. Economic Commission for Africa also invited Kieh to serve as the lead discussant for the international conference on “The Developmental State: What Options for Africa” held on Feb. 20-21. The conference will include policy-makers, academics and others from across Africa.

"Dr. Kieh's scholarship truly reflects the college's commitment to serve humanity and do public good,” said Dr. N. Jane McCandless, dean of the College of Social Sciences at UWG. “His work has the potential to contribute to improving living conditions for millions of people across Africa--now and for generations to come.”

Kieh’s extensive knowledge of Africa is demonstrated in his two recently published books. “Liberia’s State Failure, Collapse and Reconstitution” offers a detailed analysis of the failure of Liberia’s historical and current state-building efforts. Kieh also co-edited “West Africa and the U.S. War on Terror,” an examination of the role and position of the West African region in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

“Dr. Kieh’s recognition by the United Nations is remarkably well-deserved,” said Dr. Robert Schaefer, chair of UWG’s department of political science and planning. “His books showcase just a fraction of what he has to offer in regard to development in Africa. I’m certain his extensive research will provide a great deal of guidance to the U.N.”

"I congratulate Dr. Kieh on his invited monograph detailing Africa’s development for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa,” said Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG. “This is a high honor, and we are proud of his accomplishments."

According to the governance and public administration division of the United Nations Economic Commission, Kieh was selected to write the monograph based on his academic training, expertise on African development issues and the quality of his existing scholarly works on related issues affecting Africa. Kieh has been a professor at UWG since 2009 and served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2009 to 2010.