About the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FLCA) strengthens LSE’s long-term commitment to placing Africa at the heart of understandings and debates on global issues.

I cannot think of any comparable Centre for the study of Africa outside of the continent that has made such a huge impact within such a limited time

Wale Adebanwi, University of Oxford


LSE's Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FLCA) promotes independent academic research and teaching; open and issue-oriented debate; and evidence-based policy making. The FLCA connects social sciences disciplines and works in partnership with Africa to bring African voices to global debates.

Through its research and engagement programmes the FLCA achieves these aims by forging new links with African scholars and institutions, encouraging UK-Africa knowledge exchange and increasing the visibility of Africa in LSE’s teaching, research and policy engagement.

Why a Centre for Africa at LSE?

More than 100 scholars at the School currently work on Africa, across social science disciplines including anthropology, development studies, economics, geography, health, international relations, politics, social policy and social psychology. The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa is at the forefront of producing rigorous social science research and evidence-based analysis, illuminating world affairs and interrogating local circumstances. It will do what the LSE as a whole is committed to doing. It will look into the causes of things.

The FLCA emphasises public dissemination, engagement with policy-makers and work to enhance the quality and availability of evidence. It promotes teaching about Africa and the continent’s changing significance in the world both at LSE and internationally, and it upholds robust independent scholarship on the continent.

Former President of Ghana John Mahama speaking at the 2014 LSE Africa Summit

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa builds on a wide range of ongoing programmes and activities such as the Programme for African Leadership (PfAL), the LSE Africa Summit, the Africa Talks series, the African Visiting Research Fellowship Programme, a research centre and the Africa at LSE blog.

Other activities include the LSE-UCT July School and PhD student exchanges through the academic partnership between LSE and the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

Research includes work on health, South-South relations, justice and security, economic growth, environment, decentralised governance, grassroots organisations, urbanisation, public administration, conflict and humanitarianism.

FLCA Annual Reports

Each year the FLCA produces an annual report showcasing its recent events, engagement programmes, research and student initiatives. Click here to read the latest reports.


Previous annual reports


Annual Report 2017/18

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Annual Report 2016/17

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