The LSE African Initiative was set up in 2009 to create sustainable foundations and networks for the development and promotion of African institutions as global peers and partners, to refocus the academic and public global perspective to include Africa’s rich nuances, and to bring to the fore African expertise in these contexts. To achieve these aims, LSE will strengthen the School’s links with African scholars and society, enhance LSE’s capacity to engage with Africa, and support capacity development within Africa and African visibility in a global context.
This is the revival of a long attachment between the School and Africa which led to LSE being viewed as the university of choice for Africans. The distinguished US commentator (and later senator) Daniel Patrick Moynihan went so far as to refer to LSE as the "most important institution of higher education…in Africa".
"We are in a period of decisive historical significance for Africa and its place in the world. We are determined that this 21st century shall indeed be the African century."
Nelson Mandela, Speech at LSE April 2000
To discuss how you can support this initiative at LSE call +44 (0)20 7955 7361, or contact the Development Office.