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African Initiative

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The LSE African Initiative is a long-term programme designed both to reinvigorate African research at LSE, to collaborate with African universities, policy makers, businesses and civil society and to put Africa at the centre of the social sciences and in the global public spotlight.

Its creation follows a powerful speech Africa and Its Position in the World Today by Nelson Mandela at LSE in 2000 in which he spoke of the connections between LSE and Africa and pointed to the potential for education to deliver a renaissance on and for the continent.

Some of the elements which feed into the programme are outlined below. More detail about each can be found on the linked pages.  

Professor Thandika Mkandawire

Chair in African Development|

Professor Thandika Mkandawire joined LSE in 2009 as the inaugural holder of the Chair in African Development.

Professor Cathy Campbell

LSE Experts on Africa|

The Africa research community at LSE is made up of more than 100 academics.


Research and Doctoral training for African Social Sciences|

LSE is part of a consortium with six African universities which aims to strengthen discipline-led social sciences research and PhD training in Africa.


Academic Partnership with the University of Cape Town|

University of Cape Town became LSE's fifth institutional partner in May 2010. This partnership has allowed for genuine, systematic and sustained institutional exchange and capacity development at both the intellectual and organisational levels.

UCT student Mdudizi Mthembu

PhD student exchanges|

Two postgraduate students at LSE & UCT have the opportunity to spend two to three months at the partner institution every year through the School’s Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries scheme.

Students concentrating during a July School class

LSE-UCT July School|

The LSE-UCT July School is an innovative two-week programme which provides students, graduates and professionals from across the globe an exciting new opportunity to study important social sciences issues relevant to Africa today.

Firoz and Najma Lalji

The Firoz and Najma Lalji Programme for African Leadership|

The Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) is kindly supported by Firoz and Najma Lalji. The aim of the programme is to foster emerging leaders to promote best practices of economic and social development in their organisations and countries.

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria


Africa Talks is a series of high-profile events that is part of the LSE public lectures programme.

Accra market

Africa at LSE blog|

The Africa at LSE blog promotes African research and serves as a hub for the Africa research community at LSE.

Ama DeGraft Aikins, LSE Visiting Research Fellow

Research Fellowship for African Scholars|

LSE offers a number of fully-funded Visiting Fellowships for early career, and more senior African, academics to spend up to six months at LSE.

Former President of Ghana John Atta Mills

Supporting the LSE African Initiative|

LSE is one of the foremost specialist social science universities in the world, with an institutional commitment to engagement with the wider world at the heart of its mission.