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

 

 UPCOMING AND PAST EVENTS

Michaelmas Term 2017

 

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Can Technology Fix Nigeria

Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, Royal Africa Society and Oya Media

Date: Wednesday 27 September 2017
Time: 6.15-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Chair: Funmi Iyanda
Speakers: Victor Asemota, Olamide Baa, Martin Eigbike and Ndubuisi Kejeh

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Summer  Term 2017

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After Rape: Violence, Justice and Social Harmony in Uganda

Hosted by Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, Department of International Development, Justice and Security Research Programme, Centre for Women, Peace and Security and International African Institute

Date: Tuesday 9 May 2017  
Time: 6-8pm  
Venue: Senior Common Room, Old Building, LSE  
Speakers: Holly Porter, Adam Branch  
Chair: Professor Tim Allen

This event marks the publication of Holly Porter’s new book After Rape: violence, justice and social harmony in Uganda.

Drawing upon abundant fieldwork and in-depth interviews with almost 200 women, Holly Porter examines issues surrounding wrongdoing and justice, and sexual violence and rape, among the Acholi people in northern Uganda.

This intricate exploration offers evidence of a more complicated and nuanced explanation of rape and its aftermath, suggesting a re-imagining of the meanings of post-atrocity justice, whilst acknowledging the role of sex, power and politics in all sexual experiences between coercion and consent.

Dr Holly Porter is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, CRG, University of Gent & IOB, University of Antwerp and a Research Fellow in the Department of International Development at LSE.

Dr Adam Branch is University Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies and Fellow of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. He is the author of two books: Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change and Displacing Human Rights: War and Intervention in Northern Uganda.

Professor Tim Allen is Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and Head of the Department for International Development at LSE. He has long experience of research in Uganda, Kenya and Sudan.

This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration required via Eventbrite. Contact the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa at africacentre@lse.ac.uk if you have any queries.

 

Lent Term 2017

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Documentary Screening: Wallah Je te jure

Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa

Date: Monday 13 March 2017
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Venue: CLM 6.02, Clement House, Aldwych, LSE
Speakers: Marcello Merletto, Robtel Neajai Pailey, Giacomo Zandonini

Wallah je te jure tells the stories of men and women travelling along West African migration routes to Italy. Senegal’s rural villages, Niger’s bus stations and “ghettos” full of traffickers, and Italian squares and houses are the backdrops of these courageous trips, which often end in tragedy. Wallah Je te jure was produced in 2016 by the International Organization for Migration

 A Q&A session will take place after the screening.

Marcello Merletto is the director of the film Wallah Je te jure.

Robtel Neajai Pailey (@RobtelNeajai) is a senior researcher at the University of Oxford's International Migration Institute.

Giacomo Zandonini (@giacomo_zando) is a journalist and reporter on migration in sub- Saharan Africa.

 The Twitter hashtag for this event is #LSEWallah.

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Women Leaders on the Global Stage: lessons for Africa

Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and Africa Talks


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Date:Tuesday 07 March 2017
Time: 6:30PM to 8:00PM
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Fadumo Dayib, Dr Nemata Majeks-Walker, Dr Joice Mujuru
Chair: Tina Fahm

From Germany to Liberia, UK to Argentina, there has been a marked increase in the number of women leaders around the globe in recent years. OnInternational Women's Day 2017, this event will explore how women leaders are changing the world and the implications for women leaders in Africa. Our panellists will discuss the state of female political representation in their countries; the barriers they have tackled and broken down; as well the lessons to be drawn and implemented from global settings.

Fadumo Dayib is the first woman to run for President of Somalia, standing for the November 2016 election.

Nemata Majeks-Walker is the Founder and first President of the 50/50 Group of Sierra Leone.

Joice Mujuru served as Vice-President of Zimbabwe 2004-14 and is a Presidential candidate for the 2018 elections.

Tina Fahm is CEO of a consulting firm which advises on corporate governance in sub-Saharan Africa. She is a governor of LSE, member of the governing Council and chair of the Audit Committee. Tina is also a commissioner of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI)  the independent body responsible for scrutiny of UK aid.

Based at LSE, the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa promotes independent academic research and teaching; open and issue-oriented debate; and evidence-based policy making.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEwomen

 

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African Revolutions: From the streets to the written word

Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, Africa Talks and LSE Literary Festival

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Date: Saturday 25 February 2017

Time: 3:00PM to 4:30PM

Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers: Yasmine El Rashidi, Samar Samir Mezghanni, Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Chair: Bola Mosuro

This event explores the literary trajectory in North Africa since the Arab Spring from the initial outburst of optimism to grim dystopian narratives, from the more traditional literary form of poetry in the region to writers experimenting with other literary forms. It will also examine the impact of political realities in the fiction from sub-Saharan countries and how it compares to what has emerged in North Africa since the Arab Spring of 2011.

Yasmine El Rashidi (@yasminerashidi) is an Egyptian writer. She is the author of The Battle for Egypt, Dispatches from the Revolution (2011), and the novel, Chronicle of a Last Summer, A Novel of Egypt (2016). She was a 2015/16 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, and a visiting professor at Princeton University. She lives in Cairo.

Samar Samir Mezghanni (@SamarSamirMEZ) is a Tunisian writer with two records in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest writer in the world in 2000 and the most prolific writer in the world in 2002.

A 2007 recipient of Ghana’s ACRAG award, Nii Ayikwei Parkes (@BlueBirdTail) is the author of the hybrid novel, Tail of the Blue Bird was recently appointed director of the soon to be inaugurated Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing at the African University College of Communications in Accra, the first of its kind in West Africa.

Bola Mosuro (@bbcBola) is news presenter on the BBC World Service. She has a keen interest in the arts and in gender issues.

 Based at LSE, the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (@AfricaAtLSE) promotes independent academic research and teaching; open and issue-oriented debate; and evidence-based policy making.

Suggested Twitter hashtag for this event: #LSELitFest

 This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017, taking place from Monday 20 - Saturday 25 February 2017, with the theme 'Revolutions'.

 

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Arab National Media and Political Change

A Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and LSE Middle East Centre Event

Date: Thursday 9 February 2017

Time: 6-7.30pm

Venue: Vera Anstey Room, Old Building, LSE

Speaker: Dr Fatima el Issawi

Chair: Dr Katerina Dalacoura

Discussant: Dr Claire Spencer

Dr el Issawi will discuss the findings of her new book “Arab National Media and Political Change”. The book examines the evolution of national Arab media and its interplay with political change, in the context of the Arab uprisings.

Based on empirical research, the book dissects dynamics of change and challenges in newsrooms practices and journalists’ roles and identities, in a fluid and unpredictable environment of the uprisings and ensuing political and security upheavals.

Investigated from a journalistic perspective, this research addresses the role played by traditional national media in consolidating emerging democracies or in exacerbating their fragility within new political contexts.

Dr Fatima el-Issawi (@elIssawi) is a Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre.

Dr Katerina Dalacoura is Lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr Claire Spencer is a Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House.

Based at LSE, the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa promotes independent academic research and teaching; open and issue-oriented debate; and evidence-based policy making.

 The LSE Middle East Centre builds on LSE's long engagement with the Middle East and North Africa and provides a central hub for the wide range of research on the region carried out at LSE.  

 

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South Sudan - The Political Marketplace

LSE Arts public exhibition

Date: Monday 9 January - Friday 27 January 2017

Time: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm

Venue: Atrium Gallery, Old Building

An exhibition of infographic comics visualising research on South Sudan undertaken by the Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP). 

The comics represent a collaboration between the JSRP and Kenyan cartoonist Victor Ndula, facilitated by JSRP partner The Cartoon Movement.  The graphics explore political, social and economic developments since 2011 in the world’s newest country.

Twitter Hashtag for this exhibition: #LSEArts

 

 

Michaelmas Term 2016

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Kony 2016: What happened to the Lord’s Resistance Army?

A Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa Event

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Date: Wednesday 23 November 2016
Time: 18:30-20:00 Venue: CLM4.02, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych
Speaker(s): Ledio Cakaj, Matthew Green
Chair: Professor Tim Allen

In the first months of 2016, fighters from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) abducted more than 300 Central Africans, posing a threat to civilians. The increase in LRA violence as Uganda considers withdrawing troops from eastern Central African Republic (CAR) poses a threat to security in the region. 

Author Ledio Cakaj’s book, When the Walking Defeats You: One Man’s Journey as Joseph Kony’s Bodyguard, offers a rare insider account of one of the world’s most well-known terrorist groups. This event will incorporate key aspects of the book into a broader discussion about the LRA, how it has changed since 2012, and the present challenges that it poses.

Ledio Cakaj ( @LedioCakaj ) is a researcher, writer, and author of 'When the Walking Defeats You; One Man's Journey as Joseph Kony's Bodyguard'.

Matthew Green (@matthew_green) is a journalist and author. His first book, entitled The Wizard of the Nile: The Hunt for Africa’s Most Wanted, documents his search through the war zone of Uganda for Joseph Kony.

Professor Tim Allen is Head of the Department of International Development at the LSE and Research Director of the Justice and Security Research Programme.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEKony2016 

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Scaling Social Innovation in Africa

A Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and Royal African Society event

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Date: Thursday, 17 November
Time: 16:00-17:30
Venue: CLM 4.02, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych
Speaker(s): Ndidi Nwuneli
Chair: Professor Harry Barkema

Social entrepreneur Ndidi Nwuneli will share some insights from her new book, Scaling Social Innovation in Africa. Encouraged by the emergence and early impact of social innovators on the African Continent, but frustrated by the slow pace of large scale change, this book is focused on filling the knowledge gap among aspiring and emerging social innovators. It lays out the required building blocks for achieving scale at impact. It also explores the steps for attracting and retaining talent and financing and forming strategic partnerships with the private, public, and non-profit sectors to foster scaling.

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli (@ndidinwuneli) is a serial social entrepreneur based in Nigeria. She is the founder of LEAP Africa, co-founder of AACE Foods, director at Sahel Capital and the African Philanthropy Forum.

Professor Harry Barkema joined the Department of Management at the LSE in 2007.  He is the founding Director of the Innovation Co- Creation Lab (ICCL), and is also on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management (AoM).

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEInnovation

This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration required via Eventbrite. Contact the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa at africacentre@lse.ac.uk or +4402071075103 if you have any queries.

 

 

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Growth in Africa: End of Africa Rising? Opportunities and Challenges in today’s Africa

An IGA and the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa event

Date: Monday November 7 2016
Time: 18:30-20:00hrs
Venue: TW1.G.01, Lecture Theatre in Tower 1, Ground Floor, Clement’s Inn, LSE
Speaker: Roger Nord  

Starting in the mid-1990s, an increasing number of countries in Africa have been experiencing robust and sustained economic growth. But with the collapse of commodity prices, these gains have been called into question. Is this a rough patch or the end of Africa Rising? What role are new partners such as China and India playing? How to reap the full benefits of natural resource wealth? How to address large infrastructure gaps? And looking further ahead: how to ensure that the demographic dividend is a blessing not a curse?

Roger Nord is the Deputy Director of the IMF’s African Department and oversees country operations in East Africa and francophone West Africa. He is responsible for the IMF’s relations with China regarding Africa.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email g.e.miric@lse.ac.uk

 

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Smuggler or Saviour?  The role of human smugglers in contemporary mixed migration

A Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and Institute of Global Affairs event

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Date: Wednesday 26 October
Time: 19.30-21:00
Venue: CLM 6.02, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych
Speaker(s): Tuesday Reitano, Peter Tinti, Dr Mollie Gerver
Chair: Professor Chandran Kukathas

As millions of people seek passage to Europe in order to escape conflict, repression, poverty and natural catastrophe, their movements are enabled and encouraged by ruthless professional criminal networks that earn billions of pounds from this insidious new trade. But smugglers are also revered as saviours by many of those they move, delivering them to a safer place and a better life.

Disconcertingly, in the contemporary migration context, it has often been those labelled as criminals who help the most desperate when the international system turns them away.

This discussion endeavours to help analysts better understand how people-smuggling networks function, the ways in which they have evolved, and their long term impact on both migration, global security and organised crime.

Tuesday Reitano (@tuesdayjaded) is Deputy Director at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime (@GI_TOC).

Peter Tinti (@petertinti) is a Research Fellow at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime.

Dr Mollie Gerver (@MollieGerver) is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds.

Professor Chandran Kukathas is Chair in Political Theory and Head of the Department of Government at LSE.

Tinti and Reitano have recently co-authored a book: Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour that thoroughly examines the role of smugglers in Europe's migration crisis.  Copies of the book will be on sale at the event.

Based at LSE, the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa promotes independent academic research and teaching; open and issue-oriented debate; and evidence-based policy making. The Centre accomplishes this by connecting different social science disciplines and by working in partnership with Africa bringing African voices to the global debate.

The Institute of Global Affairs aims to maximise the impact of LSE’s leading expertise across the social sciences by shaping inclusive and locally-rooted responses to the most important and pressing global challenges.   Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEMigration

This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration required via Eventbrite. Contact the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa at africacentre@lse.ac.uk if you have any queries.

 

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Crisis: South Africa’s political economy after the local elections

Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and Royal African Society public lecture

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Date: Monday 19 September 2016
Venue: Tower 1 Lecture Theatre
Time: 7-8:30pm
Speakers: Dr Desné Masie, Nick Branson

Where next for the ruling party after the watershed local elections? We unpack the implications of the results, the growing fractures in the ANC, allegations of state capture and its effect on the economy.    

Dr Desné Masie (@DesneMasie) is an economist and visiting scholar at the Wits School of Governance, who works on international economics, financialisation, poverty and inequality, and African geopolitical economy. She is the co-host of the African Arguments podcast, an economics contributor to The Times, and an associate of the Democracy Works Foundation.  

Nick Branson (@NHBranson) is Senior Researcher at Africa Research Institute (ARI) and an expert in African politics, governance, and the rule of law. He is working towards a PhD in the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS.  

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (@AfricaAtLSE) aims to strengthen LSE’s long-term commitment to placing Africa at the heart of understandings and debates about global issues. Through the Centre for Africa, LSE will forge new links with African scholars and institutions, and increase the visibility of Africa in the LSE’s teaching, research and policy engagement.

The Royal African Society (@royafrisoc) is a membership organisation that fosters a better understanding of Africa in theUK and throughout the world. Our goal is to promote Africa globally in the spheres of business, politics, academia, arts and culture. We disseminate knowledge and insight to make a positive difference to Africa’s development and celebrate the diversity and depth of African cultures.

Twitter hashtag for this event: #LSESouthAfrica

This event is free and open to all but pre-registration required. Register to attend on EventBrite.

 

 

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Charity Begins at Home: should we redirect aid away from developing countries to the UK?

Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and Department for International Development public lecture

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Date: Thursday 29 September 2016
Time: 6.30-8pm Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Joe Cerrell
Chair: Sarah Sands

There have been a number of calls for Britain’s aid budget to be redirected to domestic priorities. Joe Cerrell will discuss some of the assumptions about aid spending, its effectiveness and its impact.

Joe Cerrell (@CerrJ) is Managing Director, Global Policy and Advocacy for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Sarah Sands (@sandsstandard) is a journalist and Editor of the London Evening Standard.

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (@AfricaAtLSE) aims to strengthen LSE’s long-term commitment to placing Africa at the heart of understandings and debates about global issues. Through the Centre for Africa, LSE will forge new links with African scholars and institutions, and increase the visibility of Africa in the LSE’s teaching, research and policy engagement.

The Department of International Development (@LSE_ID) promotes interdisciplinary post-graduate teaching and research on processes of social, political and economic development and change.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEJoeCerrell

This event is free and open to all but pre-registration required. Registration will open on 8 September through EventBrite. For any queries email africacentre@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7852 3735.

 

Summer Term 2016

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Somalia's Foreign Policy Priorities

Africa Centre and Department of International Development public lecture 

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

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 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.

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