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Africa International Affairs Programme Launch

LSE IDEAS Africa International Affairs Programme Launch

Africa and the World
04 March 2010, 6.30pm, The Box, Clements Inn, LSE
Speaker: Prof. Thandika Mkandawire, Prof. Fantu Cheru, Prof. Michael Chege, Dr. Chris Alden
Chair: Dr. Sue Onslow

africaLaunch7On 4th March 2010 LSE IDEAS formally launched the Africa International Affairs Programme (AIAP) with the convening of a Roundtable discussion on 'Africa and the World' between leading developmental economists, Professor Thandika Mkandawire (the new Chair of African Development at LSE); Professor Michael Chege (former Harvard professor and current adviser to the Prime Minister's Office, Kenya on International Development Partnerships; Professor Fantu Cheru (Research Director of the Nordic Afrika Institute, and formerly a member of the UN Secretary-General's Panel on International Support for the New Partnership for African Development ); and Dr Chris Alden, Reader in the Dept of International Relations at the LSE, and authority on China's engagement in Africa.

africaLaunch1The debate ranged from the accretion of errors from the structural adjustment era and consequent challenges confronting contemporary African governments, the opportunities and threats posed by the Emerging Powers increasing engagement in African economies, and steps African states and societies have taken to address these challenges. Questions from the audience of LSE academics, LSE Africa alumni, diplomats and African organisations ranged from the role of transformative actors at national and regional level, China's rhetorical connectivity with the African continent compared to state policy practice, the place of African tertiary education, and African scholarship and arguments of preferred developmental policy strategies.

The launch was accompanied by the publication of LSE IDEAS strategic report on Africa: Resurgent Continent? Africa and the World