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Email: africacentre@lse.ac.uk

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa has been launched on Monday 11 July, thanks to a generous gift from LSE alumnus and long-term supporter Firoz Lalji.


The LSE has had a long relationship with the African continent that goes right back to the founding of the School in 1895.

Building on these past connections and the research focus of over 100 scholars at LSE, the School is foregrounding its work on Africa and with Africans as one of its main priorities for the future.

This is reflected in the LSE Africa Summit, which attracts hundreds of Africans to the school as well as Heads of States, by the provision of scholarships and by LSE's growing links with African universities and its role in providing advice to African governments through the International Growth Centre.

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa will link all these activities together and will become a focus for strengthening all aspects of LSE's engagement with the continent.

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa is part of the Institute of Global Affairs at LSE.

Firoz Lalji Profile for News

LSE alumnus pledges £10m for new centre dedicated to Africa 

Thanks to a generous pledge of £10m from alumnus Firoz Lalji, through the Lalji Family Foundation, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has endowed a new academic centre dedicated to teaching, research and engagement with Africa and Africa scholars.

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa further strengthens LSE’s commitment to placing Africa at the heart of debates about global issues. The centre is named in recognition of the Lalji Family Foundation that includes wife Najma’s and daughters Farah’s and Natasha’s transformative gifts of £13million to LSE.

Firoz Lalji is a successful businessman, philanthropist and LSE economics graduate, and has worked closely with LSE for a number of years to promote Africa engagement and scholarship.

Read the press release

Read Tim Allen's blog

Find out more about Firoz Lalji

Everyday Dar Team

Royal Geographic Society awards grant to LSE students

Four students from the MSc Urbanisation and Development programme Anders Magnusson, Daniela Schofield, Femke Gubbels and George Barnett have been awarded funding from the Royal Geographic Society with the Institute of British Geographers for a Graduate Field Work Grant.

The students will be in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from mid-June to early August 2016 to conduct research for their dissertations, which collectively come under the title ‘Emerging Geographies of Everyday Life in a Changing Urban Context’.

The project aims to produce an understanding of how people shape and navigate the urban space of Dar es Salaam and produce grounded context-specific empirical data on human geographical realities in a city of the Global South.

You can follow their journey in Dar-es-Salaam through the Everyday Dar blog and on Twitter @EverydayDar.

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Professor Allen unveils LSE Africa Centre

Professor Tim Allen announced the creation of a new Africa Centre on 22 April 2016 at the annual student-led LSE Africa Summit.

With Professor Allen as the Inaugural Director, the LSE Africa Centre will strengthen LSE’s long-term and ongoing commitment to placing Africa at the heart of understandings and debates about global issues.

The Centre is part of the LSE's Institute for Global Affairs.

Zambia Vice President Inonge Wina

Zambia Vice President speaks at LSE

Her Excellency Inonge Wina was the headline speaker at the student-led 2016 LSE Africa Summit on 23 April 2016.

In her keynote address, the Zambia Vice President called on all Africans in the diaspora to invest back in their home countries and take a role in transforming the continent.

Dr Ernestina Coast

Unsafe Abortions in Zambia

Around 30 per cent of maternal deaths in Zambia each year are due to unsafe abortions.

Dr Ernestina Coast explains in this video why Zambian women continue to take unnecessary risks to end unwanted pregnancies, despite abortion being legal in their country since 1972.

Professor Thandika Mkandawire

Conference held to honour Professor Mkandawire

On 11 and 12 April 2016, an International Colloquium was held to honour the life and work of Professor Thandika Mkandawire. Organised by CODESRIA, the Archie Mafeje Chair at the University of South Africa, and the University of Malawi, the theme of the Colloquium was Thinking African. Epistemological Issues. The Colloquium was followed by a Conference marking the 25th anniversary of the Kampala Declaration on Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility.

LSE-UCT July School News

The fourth LSE-UCT July School takes place from 27th June to 8th July 2016 in Cape Town South Africa.

Professor Chris Alden and Dr Ernestina Coast will be among the LSE academics delivering courses that range from International Relations to Geography over the fortnight. Visit the LSE-UCT July School website to find out how to apply.


Book Review: #RhodesMustFall: Nibbling at Resilient Colonialism in South Africa by Francis B Nyamnjoh
#RhodesMustFall: Nibbling at Resilient Colonialism in South Africa is timely, balanced and informative, but aspects of the book will leave the reader craving more says Simukai Chigudu. In 2015, a wave of student protests erupted across South African universities. They overwhelmingly expressed discontent at the failure to ‘decolonise’ tertiary education 21 years after the dawn of the democratic era. Beginning […]

Increased Investment in Research could potentially save South Africa’s Wheat Sector
Wandile Sihlobo argues that import tariffs in South Africa’s wheat sector will not save the industry, the focus must be placed on breeding new wheat cultivars which will give higher yields.   Trade policy debates are incomplete if argued without due consideration on the effect of selected instruments on both the consumption and production side. Ideally, policy seeks a balance […]

Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in South Sudan: The Security Dilemma in a Transitional Government of National Unity
Nicodemus Minde analyses the ongoing quest for peace in the world’s youngest country, South Sudan.   An uneasy peace descended upon South Sudan in April 2016, when Riek Machar, leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement—In Opposition (SPLM-IO) and former vice president of South Sudan, returned to the capital Juba after months in hiding and was sworn in as vice […]

Book Review: The New Black Middle Class in South Africa by Roger Southall
LSE’s Rebecca Simson calls The New Black Middle Class in South Africa by Roger Southall an engaging read although she remains unconvinced that South Africa’s black middle class is so very different from that of other countries after all. The emergence of a skilled, confident and assertive African middle class is a cornerstone in the popular narrative of an Africa […]

Yes, Central African Republic is a real country. But it’s a very different kind of country.
Tatiana Carayannis and Louisa Lombard argue that the chronic failure of policymakers to understand the actual challenges of the Central African Republic means that they have had trouble understanding and responding to the increasingly militarised politics that have dominated CAR over the past 20 years. When ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was removed from his country in March 2004 by the […]

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Moroccan National Media: between change and status quo

Date: Thursday 23 June 2016
Time:  17:00-18:00
Venue: Room 9.04, Tower 2, Clement's Inn, LSE
Speaker: Fatima el-Issawi, LSE
Discussant: Dr Tarik Sabry, University of Westminster
Chair: Jonathan Hill, King's College London

Fatima el-Issawi will launch her report which investigates the status of the Moroccan national media in the wake of the 2011 Moroccan Spring protests.

Fatima el-Issawi is an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre, currently leading on a collaboration project with the American University of Dubai entitled 'Arab National Media and Politics: Democracy Revisited', looking at changes in media practices in traditional media industries in Morocco and Algeria.

Event Hashtag: #LSEMorocco

This event is free and open to all, however registration is necessary. Visit event page for details of how to register.
Somalia Foreign Minister

Somalia's Foreign Policy Priorities

Africa Centre and Department of International Development public lecture  

Date: Friday 20 May 2016
Time: 1-2pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker:  Dr Abdusalam H. Omer

In this lecture the Foreign Minister will present Somalia's newly adopted foreign policy. He will also discuss the Somali Government's vision and the current challenges and future opportunities for a new era of peace, progress and prosperity in Somalia, the region and the world.

Dr Abdusalam H. Omer (@MinisterMOFA) is the Minister of the Foreign Affairs and Investment Promotion of the Federal Republic of Somalia. He has over 30 years international experience in finance, development and institutional leadership. Dr Abdusalam has also served as the Governor of the Central Bank of Somalia.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.


Africa Summit News

LSE Africa Summit 2016

Africa within a Global Context

Date: Friday 22 and Saturday 23 April 2016

Time: 08:00-17:30

Venue: LSE Campus - venue to be confirmed to ticket holders

Speakers: Various - full programme to be announced shortly

The 2016 LSE Africa Summit (@LSEAfricaSummit) will explore how nations in Africa can capitalise on opportunities and address challenges shaped by their position in a Global Context.

The Summit is organised under the auspices of LSE's Department of International Development.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEAfricaSummit

This event is free and open to all but pre-registration is required.  Prospective participants can apply to attend the summit online at LSE Africa Summit. For any queries email africasummit@lse.ac.uk.

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Dikgang Moseneke

From Oscar Pistorius to Reality TV: the implications of using the courtroom as a television studio

LSE Law and Birkbeck School of Law Project public lecture

Date: Wednesday 13 April 2016
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers:  Ruth Herz, Dikgang Moseneke
Chair: Lord Dyson

The event will feature two speakers with extensive experience of the issues that arise from televised trials. The Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa Dikgang Moseneke will discuss the experience of, and issues arising from, the televising of the trial of Oscar Pistorious. Ruth Herz will reflect on her experience as a judge who took part in a popular German courtroom based reality TV show.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required.

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