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CPAID researcher publishes on the future of relationships in international aid

15 September 2020
 

International aid plays a contested role in stabilising the global economic order, creating asymmetric power relationships between aid donors and recipients, a challenge to which the global aid system has responded in different ways since WWII, decolonisation and the neo-liberal revolution. 

In a new working paper, CPAID researcher Teddy Brett provides a history of aid delivery throughout this period, and its future direction, analysing attempts to reconcile donor-recipient interests and increase aid efficiency. 

Read the full paper here.


 

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CPAID publishes research in the Journal of Refugee Studies

9 September 2020
 

Research from the project Trajectories of Displacement has been published in the Journal of Refugee Studies, exploring how displaced peoples reshape constructions of ‘home’ in relation to love and intimate relationships.

Based on ethnographic research over ten years in northern Uganda, following a two-decade-long war, Dr Holly Porter examines movements in relationships between public and private spaces against the backdrop of wider societal movements. In particular, the paper examines the region's spatial moral geography of the camp to home. 

Read the full journal article here.


 

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Q&A with FLCA Fellow on the role of communities in global COVID-19 responses

3 September 2020
 

FLCA fellow Dr Juliet Bedford features in a Q&A for a new Wellcome Trust project addressing the need for communities to be placed at the heart of global pandemic responses.

Writing alongside LSE's Professor Erik Berglof and Professor Devi Sridhar, Dr Bedford stresses the far-reaching and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which needs treating as a social and livelihoods issue as much as health.

Read the full Q&A here.


 

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Welcoming Dr Uche Igwe

28 August 2020
 

Dr Uche Igwe joins the FLCA as a visiting fellow. He is a political economy analyst, legislative scholar and communications expert with twenty years of practical experience working with a sweeping variety of stakeholders.

View his profile here


 

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Welcoming Dr Ahmed Musa

28 August 2020
 

Dr Ahmed Musa has joined CPAID as a research fellow. He is a postdoctoral researcher at the Diaspora Humanitarian in Complex Crises research project run by the Danish Institute for International Studies, University of Nairobi’s Institute of Development Studies, Rako Research and Communication Centre and the Rift Valley Institute.  

View his profile here


 

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Programme for African Leadership cohort 9 graduation

30 July 2020
 

An online ceremony was recently held for the 76 students enrolled in the Programme for African Leadership. Speeches at the ceremony offered advice for entry into the workplace and the importance of the students using their voice to speak against racial injustice and discrimination.

We wish all the students the best of luck and we look forward to following their next steps! Watch the video recap here.

View a recap of the ceremony here


 

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LSE Africa Dissertation Prize

29 July 2020
 

The FLCA is pleased to announce the launch of the LSE Africa Dissertation Prize for current Master's students studying the continent.

Aimed at encouraging and celebrating outstanding fieldwork and research on Africa, the Masters Dissertation on Africa Prize will be awarded to the year's most innovative and significant Master’s dissertation which furthers our understanding of the continent.

Find out more about eligibility for the Dissertation Prize.


  

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New report on South Sudan’s military forces since the 2005 civil war

22 July 2020
 

The FLCA's Centre for Public Authority and International Development has published the first comprehensive report on South Sudan's military forces since the second Sudanese civil war in 2005. Based on extensive fieldwork, The Politics of Numbers by researcher Joshua Craze argues that the international community's efforts to create a unified armed forces in South Sudan have paradoxically escalated the process of fracturing that led to the current civil war.

The report shows that the current peace process has not brought about peace but rather the intensification of a war economy based on predation and increasingly ethnicised military forces.

Read the full report here.


 

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Policy brief published on Uganda’s response to the 2018 Ebola outbreak

7 July 2020
 

FLCA researchers have published on Uganda’s response to the 2018 Ebola outbreak at its border with the DRC. Co-written by FLCA Visiting Professor Grace Akello and FLCA Investigator Professor Duncan Green, the brief provides clear recommendations for future epidemic outbreaks.

Based on ethnographic studies over 12 months, the brief reports that the response to Ebola was uncoordinated, chaotic and over-bureaucratic, with little tangible benefit on the ground, supported by international donors who influenced the neglect of vital areas in the Ugandan government’s response.

Read the policy brief.


 

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Podcast interview with Alcinda Honwana on youth movements

6 July 2020
 

FLCA Strategic Director Alcinda Honwana features in a new episode of the podcast series 'African Voices, African Arguments', discussing new ways young people understand political engagement and collective action.

Interviewed by CPAID Investigator Alex de Waal, Professor Honwana explains that young people, particularly across Africa, are wrestling with how to conduct a new type of politics, which is exemplified in their novel approaches to protests and organising.

Listen to the podcast episode.


 

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Debt relief and Africa during COVID-19: the global response

30 June 2020
 

On 9 July 2020, as part of our COVID-19 response, the FLCA hosted an event examining calls for immediate debt relief for Africa governments to address the impact of the pandemic.

Experts on foreign direct investment, development economics, international finance and macroeconomics shared their analysis of the situation in the face of the current crisis.

Watch the webinar here.


 

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COVID-19 in Africa: leadership, inequality and resilience

26 June 2020
 

On 2 July 2020, the FLCA is hosting an event to discuss the varying actions African countries have taken in response to the global pandemic, and the requirements of leaders to ensure the resilience of the continent as a whole amid COVID-19.

This forms part of the Institute for Global Affairs' launch of the Maryam Forum, a new platform to encourage the shift towards transparent and inclusive leadership.

The session will take place at 4:30pm – 5:45pm.

Visit here for further information.


 

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The impact of COVID on global health: a comparative look at the African region

26 June 2020
 

On 29 June 2020, the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and LSE's Global Health Initiative hosted a webinar discussion examining the impact of COVID-19 on health services.

This webinar presented a comparative multi-country perspective of the effects of the pandemic across the African region. Panellists discussed individual country policy responses, the impact of COVID-19 on health services (such as outpatient visits, vaccinations and skilled birth visits) and approaches to tackling excess mortality.

Watch the webinar here.


 

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Policy report published on community-based armed groups

25 June 2020
 

FLCA fellow Moritz Schubert has published two policy reports on the role of community-based armed groups in sub-Saharan Africa. With one report examining the success of approaches to these groups, and the other report looking at how they can be transformed.

In many cases these groups, which include vigilantes, militias and criminal gangs, enjoy greater local legitimacy than local security forces due to their strong links with local cultural practices. They may also fill a security void left by an absent state. Moritz Schubert outlines how community-based armed groups can be transformed from sources of insecurity into community service providers.


 

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Why the DFID-FCO Merger Will Make Aid’s Most Transformative Work Impossible and the Battles Ahead

19 June 2020
 

FLCA researcher Tom Kirk discusses the recent announcement that the UK government will merge the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Based on his research into development projects internationally, Tom explains in Global Policy how this will negatively impact DFID's most transformative work, and he gives an overview of the rationale behind the merger.


 

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Michael Amoah's book The New Pan-Africanism reviewed in the African Studies Quarterly

22 June 2020
 

FLCA senior visiting fellow Michael Amoah's book The New Pan-Africanism: Globalism and the Nation State in Africa is a scholarly account of debates around the new Pan-Africanism and nationalism in Africa.

Newly reviewed in the African Studies Quarterly, the review states 'Amoah has written an important book pointing out that an ethical imperative is necessary in this context as well as practical ideas.'

Further information on the book, and the full review can be found here.


 

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FLCA in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter

03 June 2020
 
 

Staff at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa have published a statement in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

We support the efforts of those working to ease ongoing tensions within the United States of America and those working to combat the issues of racism, police brutality and institutional oppression throughout society.

With millions of Africans in the diaspora calling the United States their home, we call upon everyone who engages with our work to support those who struggle for justice and equality in order to achieve lasting peace in our world. 

View the full statement here.


 

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Food Security and Africa After COVID-19

28 May 2020
 

Decisive lockdowns, supply chain disruptions, rising unemployment, locust swarms and years of drought. What can be done to address the upcoming food security emergency in Africa?

On 28 May we hosted a webinar with experts to discuss the outlook for the continent’s food security, and what measures should be taken.

Watch the webinar here.


 

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Leonard Wantchekon featured in The Economist

26 May 2020
 

Centennial Professor at the FLCA Leonard Wantchekon, has been featured in The Economist. The article covers his remarkable and inspiring journey from being the son of two illiterate farmers to becoming a professor at Princeton University.

The article also discusses his founding of the African School of Economics in Abomey-Calavi, Benin. Its aim is to offer African students the highest standards of mathematics and economics teaching, ensuring they can compete with graduates overseas.


 

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Voices from Africa - Video Blog

20 May 2020
 

The LSE's Programme for African Leadership team reached out to the PfAL alumni to hear their experiences of life during the pandemic. In a video they discuss how their countries have responded to COVID-19, what they think will be the biggest challenges moving forward, and whether these unprecedented circumstances will create long-lasting behaviour change.


 

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Looking back at COVID-19: how will Africa have changed one year from now?

11 May 2020
 

On 7 May 2020, the FLCA hosted a webinar to discuss the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Africa.

The panel was composed of distinguished experts on development and humanitarianism in Africa, including from the African Development Bank and Médecins Sans Frontières, who outlined their predictions in the face of the current crisis. They highlighted emerging challenges and assigned priorities as events continue to unfold.

Watch the webinar here.


 

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Costanza Torre publishes in The Lancet 

1 May 2020
 

FLCA research fellow Costanza Torre has published a correspondence in The Lancet on mental health interventions in northern Uganda.


 

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Gianluca Lazzolino publishes in Geoforum

1 May 2020
 

FLCA research fellow Gianluca Lazzolino has published an article on how power dynamics between Somali refugees in Kakuma refugee camp are influenced by pre-existing inequalities.


 

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An interview with Professor Thandika Mkandawire on African knowledge systems

22 April 2020
 

We pay our tribute to the late Professor Thandika Mkandawire. He was a great educator, thinker and instrumental proponent of LSE's Programme for African Leadership and the study of Africa at LSE. He will be missed greatly and our thoughts are with his family. 

In this special episode as part of the #CitingAfrica podcast series, Professor Thandika Mkandawire talks to Dr Laura Mann discusses African knowledge systems. The episode considers the impact of structural adjustments on African knowledge, the role of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research (CODESRIA) in strengthening the autonomy of Africa-based research, and the ideas that have shaped and guided his prestigious career.


 

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Keren Weitzberg publishes in The Journal of African History

22 April 2020
 

FLCA Visiting Fellow Dr Keren Weitzberg has published an article in The Journal of African History, examining the imperial origins behind Kenya’s recent turn towards digital biometrics.

Kenya’s controversial new biometric ID project, Huduma Namba, has been criticised for further marginalising minority communities who already face institutional challenges.


 

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Juliet Bedford co-authors paper on COVID-19 pandemic for The Lancet

 2 April 2020
 

New FLCA visiting fellow Juliet Bedford presents an overview of the actions taken by countries across the globe, in the battle to control the spread of the pandemic.

The paper presents clear recommendations for governments striving to further prevent an increase in the transmission of infections.


 

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Michael Amoah publishes on Oxford University Press

1 April 2020
 

FLCA visiting senior fellow Michael Amoah published a blog on Oxford University Press, discussing how African presidents rig elections to remain in power.

The blog highlights how electioneering's fraught  tactics can exclude skilled candidates, and the contrast between presidential term limits of African leaders and those with unlimited terms in Europe.


  

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FLCA's Jonah Lipton discusses 'social distancing' on Channel 4 news

25 March 2020
 

Social anthropologist Dr Jonah Lipton appeared on Channel 4 news to discuss the experience on 'social distancing' in response to the covid-19 epidemic, based on his experiences in Sierra Leone during the recent Ebola outbreak.

More appropriately termed 'physical distancing', he emphasises the importance of social proximity during a crisis, and what epidemics can teach a society during turbulent historic periods.

Watch the video segment here


 

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CPAID researchers inform OECD peacebuilding framework

24 March 2020
 

Core members of the FLCA's Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID) have participated in their first meeting with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to shape the organisation's understanding of effective peacebuilding.

As part of a two-day workshop, CPAID researchers questioned the ways aid donors often enter conflict and fragile state contexts, uncritically assuming that certain actors – governments, civil society organisations and the private sector – should remain at the heart of their work.

To learn more about CPAID's policy input to the OECD's peacebuilding framework please see here.


 

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FLCA recruits for a Research Officer

19 March 2020
 

The FLCA is offering an opportunity for a motivated researcher to develop their research career, seeking a scholar focused on processes of social change as it applies to youth, women and children in Africa.

The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, International Development, International Relations, Political Science, Social Policy or related social science discipline with a focus on Africa. 

Visit here for more information


 

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FLCA project publishes reports on the localisation of humanitarian aid

18 March 2020
 

The FLCA project Historical and Political Dynamics of the NGO Sector in South Sudan has published two reports on the struggles and strategies of local and national organisations during complex emergencies.

Based on over 200 one-to-one consultations, the reports focus on the histories, politico-economic dynamics and everyday realities of South Sudanese NGOs during South Sudan’s armed conflicts and intermittent periods of peace. Bringing local perspectives to global debates on localisation, the reports enhance knowledge on the everyday efforts of these NGOs, and structural issues within the aid sector.

Learn more about project findings and read the full reports here.


 

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Politics of Return project publishes impact engagement report

17 March 2020
 

In conclusion of the Politics of Return research project, FLCA researchers have published a report documenting the impact of academic and creative outputs over its three-year period.

While informing UK and international policy, the research has carved new narratives around on the effects and experiences of forced displacement and cycles of violence in Uganda, South Sudan, the DRC and the Central African Republic. The report considers how the project's events, exhibitions and creative activities have impacted local communities, national and international policymakers, development practitioners and African leaders.

Read the full report here


 

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Applications open for 2020 LSE Africa Dissertation Funding 

16 March 2020
 

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa can provide up to £1,000 to LSE Masters students to conduct fieldwork in Africa for their dissertation.

The call for funding opens each year in Lent term.

In 2019, 15 students received the MSc Dissertation Fieldwork grant. Recipients studied a variety of topics, from rights-based activism by mining affected communities in South Africa to refugees’ work to sex workers' self-perceptions in Ghana.

Visit here for further information


 

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Fatima el-Issawi publishes report on media development in the Middle East and North Africa

12 March 2020
 

FLCA Senior Visiting Fellow Fatima el-Issawi published a report examining how cross-border strategies can strengthen independent journalism in the Middle East and North Africa.

The report highlights the shared vision from over 40 prominent experts, on how journalism can continue to grow in the region despite a highly restrictive political environment and amid a revival of autocracy.


 

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Africa Talks hosted event on the global legacy of African women writers

7 March 2020
 

As part of our Africa Talks series, LSE Festival and International Women’s Day 2020, we hosted an event examining the global legacy of African women writers with acclaimed literary giants Margaret Busby and Sarah Ladipo Manyika.

African literature is increasingly esteemed around the world, but the true extent of its global historic influence remains largely overlooked. The event explored sisterhood, political and academic thought and the ways African women have taken ownership of these spaces through memory and storytelling.

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A podcast of this event is available to download


 

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Politics of Return project publishes in the Journal of Refugee Studies

4 March 2020
 

FLCA researchers published three articles in the Journal of Refugee Studies examining the life and learnings of ex-combatants in the DRC and Uganda, once they have transitioned from combatant to civilian society. Read the articles below.

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Keren Weitzberg speaks to the BBC on Kenya’s recent biometric registration project.

5 February 2020
 

FLCA Visiting Fellow Dr Keren Weitzberg was interviewed on BBC World Service, highlighting the anxiety faced by minority groups in Kenya around the registration programme for Huduma Namba, Kenya’s new biometric ID project.

Members of the Muslim, Somali and Nubian communities have previously struggled to obtain physical ID, leading to challenges such as accessing healthcare, opening bank accounts, or moving around the country freely, which are due to be exacerbated by the new biometric ID project.

Keren discussed the concerns from these communities, in addition to legal and civil groups in Kenya, which the new biometric ID project has numerous challenges surrounding it. 


 

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Michael Amoah Speaks to Al Jazeera on French troops being deployed to West Africa

2 February 2020
 

FLCA senior visiting fellow, Dr Michael Amoah spoke to Al Jazeera about the role of France in aiding West African countires to fight the growing Jihadi violence within the region.

Watch the video segment here.


 

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Moritz Schuberth appointed CPAID Research Fellow

28 January 2020
 
The FLCA's Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID) is delighted to announce the appointment of Moritz Schuberth as a CPAID Research Fellow.
Mortiz is a security and development expert with extensive experience managing projects and conducting research in fragile and conflict-affected settings.

Before joining UNODC as Associate Expert in Evaluation, he has been working as Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Manager for the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he has been coordinating research projects with Harvard University, the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Prior to this he has worked at the European Commission, the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.


 

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Africa Talks: Decolonising Knowledge Systems

16 January 2020
 

Kickstarting our 2020 Africa Talks series, we hosted a discussion with Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Dr Wangui wa Goro and Dr Romina Istratii on how Africa can decolonise its knowledge systems.

The speakers examined some of the progress made in this endeavour discussing ideas on how these systems can be rethought, re-framed and reconstructed and the complicated role played by global North-South knowledge exchange programmes in attempts to further the continent’s epistemological agency.

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A podcast of this event is available to download

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13 January 2020
 

Michael Amoah recently spoke to Al Jazeera about growing jihadi violence and terror in Burkina Faso.

He notes how the state is facing backlash from armed groups due to its contribution to fighting the 'global war on terror', in addition to spill-over from neighbouring insurgencies in Mali and Chad. 


 

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FLCA correspondence in The Lancet on mental health in conflict settings

6 January 2020
 

FLCA researchers highlighted some of the limitations of current strategies around mental health treatment in conflict settings, including the consequences of adopting universalised and externally generated preconceptions.

The correspondence was published in response to an earlier article written by researchers at the World Health Organisation, calling for a scaling up of mental health interventions in areas of conflict.

FLCA researchers, Professor Tim Allen, Professor Melissa Parker and Costanza Torre noted, however, that this can exacerbate the social problems of the communities it seeks to help. 


 

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Ugandan artist Bathsheba Okwenje appointed FLCA Visiting Fellow

16 December 2019
 

The FLCA is proud to announce the appointment of Bathsheba Okwenje as a Visiting Research Fellow.

Bathsheba is a Ugandan artist currently living in Rwanda. Her work is based at the intersection of information practices and aesthetics, investigating hidden histories, the interior lives of people and the interactions between them.

Before embarking on her art practice, Bathsheba spent 15 years working with the United Nations on global and regional rights-based responses to the HIV epidemic and health inequities. Her work has appeared in the streets of Delhi, Gulu, Johannesburg, Kampala, Oslo, Providence and Tromsø.

Bathsheba is a founding member of the artist collective Radha May, whose most recent show is a solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Milan, Italy. Bathsheba received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently working on a book and a radio drama about love in the aftermath of war in Northern Uganda, which will be the focus of her work during the fellowship.


 

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FCLA researchers publish on the impact of promoting war trauma as a form of treating mental disorders

6 December 2019
 

Researchers from the Politics of Return (POR) project recently published an article in Anthropology Today analysing the social impact of mental health interventions in addressing post‐traumatic stress disorder. The researchers highlight how promoting Euro-American understandings of trauma may do more harm than good for the communities it seeks to help.

Additionally, the POR project involves collaborations from artists from Uganda, South Sudan, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This artwork (to the left) and more features on the front and back cover of this month’s Anthropology Today issue. The complete collection of artwork is now also available as an online catalogue.

The POR project aims to further understandings of how conflict-affected societies constitute or reconstitute themselves, filling the large gap in current knowledge on the 'lifecycle' of conflicts in some of the world's most difficult areas.


 

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Tim Allen’s introduction to Lawino’s People now available online

19 November 2019
 

FLCA Director Tim Allen’s introduction to Lawino’s People, a republication of important neglected texts authored by Okot p'Bitek and Frank Knowles Girling, is now available online.

The book, also edited by Allen, presents important works about the Acholi in Uganda from Frank Knowles Girling's The Acholi of Uganda and Okot p'Bitek's The Religion of the Central LwoAfrican Religions in Western Scholarship and Acholi Love in one volume.

In the introduction, Allen says he hopes that republishing these works together provides some useful insights into representations of the Acholi people at the time the British Empire was disintegrating, and will reveal how important the descriptions and interpretations of Girling and p’Bitek are for anyone who wants to understand what is happening today in this very troubled region of Africa.

FLCA researcher and Gulu University Professor Grace Akello, herself an Acholi, said the ‘book is a must read for all anthropologists and Lawino's children who care to know their history. It's a timely, thoughtful and innovative way of presenting scholarship long repressed by imperialism.’


 

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FLCA researchers publish on naked protests against the Ugandan state

12 November 2019
 

A new study investigates howcitizens living under an increasingly militarised and authoritarian Ugandan regime exercise political voice, published in the journal Civil Wars and authored by FLCA researchers Francis Abonga, Raphael Kerali and Rebecca Tapscott.

Titled ‘Naked Bodies and Collective Action: Repertoires of Protest in Uganda’s Militarised, Authoritarian Regime’,the article uses an in-depth case study of naked protest in modern day Uganda to show how naked bodies allow citizens to employ three types of overlapping power to confront the state: biopower, symbolic power and cosmological power.

The study illustrates one way in which citizens seek to engage militarised regimes – and, in doing so, how political voice takes particular forms to instigate broader political claim-making associated with country- or region-wide political action.


 

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FLCA’s Naomi Pendle discusses prospects for peace and stability in South Sudan at Chatham House

11 November 2019
 

Naomi Pendle, Research Fellow at the FLCA, recently joined a panel of speakers at Chatham House to examine the status of South Sudan’s fragile peace deal. The panel addressed the issue of federalism and subdivision, measures needed to prevent the humanitarian crisis from worsening and opportunities to foster greater security in the country.

The event was organised against the backdrop of uncertainty about whether the Juba’s political leaders would meet the 12 November 2019 deadline to form a transitional government of national unity – a process already delayed after a revitalised power-sharing deal was signed in September 2018.

Founded in 1920 by former American President Woodrow Wilson, and former British public administrator Lionel George Curtis, Chatham House is a London NGO that analyses and promotes the understanding of major international issues and current affairs.


 

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Politics of Return Artwork now digitally available

6 November 2019
 

A catalogue of the artwork and literature produced by the Politics of Return (POR) project, which aims to further understandings of how conflict-affected societies constitute or reconstitute themselves, is now digitally available.

Named ‘When We Return’, the catalogue features artwork by Bathsheba Okwenje, Willy Karekezi, Gael Maski Kusa Kusa, Tom Dai, Gloria Kiconco and Victor Ndula. Kara Blackmore (pictured left) is the POR project curator. The arts and heritage component of the project is embedded in both an arts residency and a series of exhibitions and dialogues.

This innovative translation of research findings into contemporary art makes space for abstract complex narratives and illuminates personal stories.

Drawing on anthropology, comic journalism, history, heritage studies and political science, the project lays emphasis on the everyday experiences of those attempting to build or re-build, contributing to a better understanding of how conflict-affected societies constitute or re-constitute themselves.


 

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Medical and religious anthropologist Dr Lars Hedegaard appointed CPAID Visiting Fellow

1 November 2019
 

Dr Lars Hedegaard Williams has been appointed a CPAID Visiting Fellow at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FLCA). Focussed on Uganda, Lars’ research foremost explores how cultural notions and practices shape experiences, symptoms and course of treatment of mental illness, as well as the intersection between religious practices and psychiatric and psychological treatments for mental illness. Geographically, his research has focused on Uganda and Denmark.

Before becoming a Visiting Fellow at LSE, he was a visiting graduate student at Harvard University in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. Besides anthropological research, Lars works in journalism and is currently a staff writer for Danish news media outlet Kristeligt Dagblad.


 

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FLCA research attracts hundreds at Kampala exhibition

24 October 2019
 

A rounded display of research output produced over the years under the FLCA’s Politics of Return (POR) project drew hundreds of visitors during an exhibition at the Kampala Geopolitics conference at Makerere University.

The POR research project, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, analyses how refugees, internally-displaced persons and former combatants negotiate and experience 'return', with the aim of filling the large gap in current knowledge on the 'lifecycle' of conflicts in some of the world's most difficult areas.

Drawing on anthropology, comic journalism, history, heritage studies and political science, the project emphasises the everyday experiences of those attempting to build or re-build, contributing to a better understanding of how conflict-affected societies constitute or re-constitute themselves.

The exhibition of POR research output was curated by Nikissi Serumaga, the Programmes Manager of 32º East|Ugandan Arts, a Ugandan NGO partnering with the FCLA under the POR project. Researcher Kara Blackmore said: ‘It’s great to see our work being shared in new forms and with new audiences.’


 

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FLCA Fellow Dr Michael Amoah Publishes in the influential journal African Affairs

4 October 2019
 

Dr Michael Amoah, Visiting Senior Fellow at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FLCA), has published his latest article in the journal African Affairs.

His timely article ‘Sleight is Right: Cyber Control as a New Battleground for African Elections’ explores how, across the globe, election management bodies face the unenviable expectation to deliver to public trust on an increasingly mischievous playing field.

Dr Amoah proposes for the establishment of internationally agreed ICT protocols for election management in the face of cyber electoral malpractice, which means "independent election monitors could conduct forensic audits to investigate hacking claims and counterclaims".

The paper is also scheduled for the January 2020 hard issue of the African Affairs (Vol 119).


 

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CPAID annual meeting draws experts and researchers from across the world

2 October 2019
 

Experts and researchers affiliated with the Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID) joined LSE for the 2019 annual meeting from 1–2 October 2019. This year’s meeting blended presentations, workshops and roundtable discussions to strengthen knowledge about how the governance of societies in impoverished, marginal and/or conflict affected places actually functions.

Presentation themes covered included a range of topics in relation to public authority, including religion, political finance, health, land, development agencies, justice and the governance of nature.

The meeting concluded with a roundtable discussion on ‘Building Collaborations for Research and Policy Impact’ with Arthur Mist, Professor Grace Akello, Professor Tim Allen, Dr Rebecca Tapscott, Dr Anna Macdonald and Dr Esther Merijnen.

If you are interested in participating in CPAID activities, register for the CPAID seminars where these conversations will continue throughout the new term.


 

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The 2018/19 FCLA Annual Report

1 October 2019
 

The FLCA has published its 2019/20 annual report, taking stock of the past year's numerous milestones, new projects and successful events.

Highlights included the 2018 Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) alumni forum held on the picturesque beaches of Mombasa, Kenya, the sixth LSE Africa Summit, a record PfAL LSE enrolment and the Save the Children Centenary Conference, co-hosted with the agency.

Our scholars were published in leading journals and widely read blogs on topics as diverse as Ebola, child soldiers, international aid, football, memorialisation, economic growth, populism, entrepreneurship, gendered violence and spirituality.

We are excited to expand our engagement with and on Africa over the coming year.


 

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Professor Alcinda Honwana appointed new Strategic Director of the FLCA

1 September 2019
 

Professor Alcinda Honwana has been appointed as the first Strategic Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FLCA).

In her new role, Professor Honwana will provide strategic vision and direction to the FCLA, as well as develop the strategy and direction for the African Visiting Fellowships Programme. Additionally, she will contribute to the development of a research and partnerships strategy for the Centre, and support the enhancement of the role of the FLCA as a leading UK research centre.

Alcinda, who doubles as the Centennial Professor at the Department of International Development at LSE, has carried out extensive research on political conflict, the politics of culture, the impact of war on children, youth and women, as well as youth politics, social movements and political protest.


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CPAID Principal Investigator writes for the BBC

21 August 2019
 

Professor Alex de Waal has published an article on the BBC: "Sudan crisis: The ruthless mercenaries who run the country for gold", in which he analyses the country's current turmoil and the political marketplace.

If you would like to read more about the political marketplace, please see the blog by Professor Alex de Waal analysing Political Entrepreneurs and Political Bargaining with a Business Lens.

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FLCA, Uganda’s Muni University collaborate to establish approaches for containing epidemics

12 August 2019
 

London-based Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FCLA) and Muni University in Arua, Uganda, are undertaking a joint research project to contribute to policy approaches focused on containing epidemic diseases, including Ebola, across national borders.

Living the Everyday in the Context of Ebola: A Study of Health and Social Interactions at Uganda’s Borders’ addresses how social relations and everyday life affect knowledge and the management of sickness, including and beyond Ebola.

FLCA Director Professor Tim Allen is the Principal Investigator, working alongside Professor Grace Akello and Dr Georgina Pearson of the FLCA as co-investigators.

Generously funded by the British Academy, the project is based in the West Nile sub-region of Uganda, and research will be conducted on the borders of Uganda-Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as well as Uganda-South Sudan. The research comes at a time when these borders have come to the attention of international experts under the guise of Ebola-preparedness efforts.

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FLCA partners with African researchers and London-based consultancy to investigate the impact of the South Sudan conflict on NGOs

7 August 2019
 

Dr Naomi Pendle and Alice Robinson of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FCLA) have collaborated with researchers from Juba University in South Sudan and The Research People to explore how conflict in the world’s youngest nation has impacted NGOs working in the country.

Historical and Political Dynamics of the NGO Sector in South Sudan seeks to understand how NGOs at local and national levels have been shaped by major events such as the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and South Sudan's independence, as well as more recent changes associated with the conflict in December 2013 and July 2016.

More than focusing on material dynamics and constraints, the study will explore the way diverse local and national NGOs approach, understand and navigate the challenges of delivering aid in South Sudan, how they engage with wider political economies and how their ideological basis becomes entangled and reimagined in the process.

Collaborators in the research include Dr Leben Moro, Revd. Dr Martin Ochaya and Dr Lydia Tanner, who will assist in collecting qualitative interviews, life histories and organisational histories in Akobo, Wau and Yambio.

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LSE Africa Summit 2020 is open for recuitement

The LSE Africa Summit is recuiting for its 2020 edition. Don;'t miss this incredible opportunity to be part of one of LSE's flagship events and to be part of the FLCA community.

Open to all LSE 2019/20 students with an interest in Africa. Deadline 20 August 2019

*Deadline extended to 1 September 2019.

Details here

Njala Workshop

Social Sciences Writing workshop at Njala University, Sierra Leone

This past month, some of our FLCA researchers made a trip to Njala University in Sierra Leone for a Social Sciences writing workshop, an opportunity to make meaningful connections and offer support for those with limited experience of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

This workshop was a partnership between the Centre for Public Authority (LSE), Firoz Lalji Centre for the Study of Africa (LSE), Department for International Development (LSE and) RECAP (LSHTM/UoSL).

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New working paper - Deconstructing Notions of Resilience project

This paper discusses the circumstances under which international humanitarian development interventions may unintentionally compromise and exacerbate community’s vulnerability rather than enhance its resilience capacity.

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Professor Tim Allen publishes a new book

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa's Director, Tim Allen, has published a new book "The Lawino's People: The Acholi of Uganda". It presents important works about the Acholi people  in Uganda from Frank Knowles Girling’s The Acholi of Uganda and Okot p’Bitek’s The Religion of the Central Lwo, African Religions in Western Scholarship, and Acholi Love in one volume.

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We were delighted to host our Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) Graduation

On 17 June 2019 we saw our beloved PfAL cohort 8 graduate from our Programme for African Leadership.

Comprised of 76 students hailing from 20 countries and enrolled in 35 degrees at LSE, each PfALer exemplified the definition of leadership and brought much joy to the FLCA offices, giving their best in their studies and extracurricular activities.

The day was marked by a panel discussion with Yale's Director for Africa Eddie Mandhry, LSE School Governor & Commissioner Tina Fahm, and Dr. Vanessa Iwowo, specialist in Organisational Psychology. 

Former PfALers gave keynote speeches at the graduation, including the South African Ambassador to Madagascar, Maud Dlomoand, and Information Security Analyst Divine Agbety.

Kele Mafole also gave a rousing speech to her cohort graduating this year, setting the tone for the rest of the festivties.

We wish them all the best in their next adventures and look ahead for them joining the PfAL Alumni network family!

Field Work Grants

17 LSE students awarded the FLCA'S MSc Dissertation Fieldwork grants

In May, we launched the FLCA's MSc Dissertation Fieldwork grants to support LSE Masters students.

17 students were awarded grants of up to £1,000 to undertake fieldwork across the continent.

 

 

Lent Term 2019

LSE Visiting Fellow, Michael Amoah

FLCA Fellow 's book to be launched at LSE on 13 February 2019

Dr. Michael Amoah 's book 'The New Pan-Africanism: Globalism and the Nation State in Africa' will be launched at LSE on 13 February 2019. The event will be chaired by Professor  E. A. (Teddy) Brett. 

Register for the event here

 

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FLCA researcher's article on reimaginig rape published on the Social Politics journal

FLCA Research Fellow, Dr Holly Porter's article 'Rape Without Bodies? Reimagining the Phenomenon We Call “Rape”' was published in the latest journal issue of Social Politics.

Her article explores where the threshold which separates sex that is acceptable from sex that is rape. Is it from a deeply embodied sense of being violated, a normative limit that is socially and/or legally constructed—or something else? Ultimately, the article suggests a reimagining of rape as a sexual trespass on the boundaries of being.

Click here to read the research 

 

Mercy-corps project

New research programme

We are delighted to be hosting a new research project, jointly funded by the Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID) and Mercy Corps on an ongoing WASH programme in Goma, DRC.

The project will include a number of new and existing researchers a part of the core team: Batumike Papy Muzuri, Keith Samuel Muhindo Balume, Joe Trapido, Duncan Green, Tom Kirk and Pat Stys.

Read about the research project here.

 

Rutendo Chabikwa

Pfaler Rutendo Chabikwa was announced as the joint winner of Myriad's 2018 First Drafts Competition for unpublished writers.

The Myriad’s First Drafts competition recognises 'promising work-in-progress' and is open to writers who have not yet published a collection of stories or novel. 

Rutendo Chabikwa's short story about mental anguish and depression entitled 'Todzungaira' was deemed by the judges as 'beautifully written, captivating and very moving', commenting further that 'the author has managed to develop a story about a sensitive and taboo topic that is not only relevant but shines a light on an important subject'. Chabikwa's story will feature in the forthcoming anthology New Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby OBE and featuring contributions from established authors such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Malorie Blackman, Esi Edugyan, Andrea Levy, Warsan Shire and Zadie Smith.

Congratulations on this massive achievement Rutendo!

 

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LSE Centennial Professor Leonard Wantchekon elected to the Econometric Society

Leonard Wantchekon has been elected as a fellow to the Econometric Society for his contributions to the field of economics alongside 21 other renowned academics. 

Leonard is a Professor of Politics and International Affairs and associated faculty in the Economics department at Princeton University. His research is broadly focused on political and economic development, particularly in Africa. His specific interests include institutions and governance, education and human capital externalities, democratisation, clientelism and redistributive politics and the long-term social impact of historical events. 

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the founder the African School of Economics (ASE), which opened in Benin in September 2014.

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FLCA researcher makes final shortlist for prestigious Herskovits Prize

FLCA Research Fellow Dr Holly Porter has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Melville J Herskovits Prize for her book 'After rape: violence, justice and social harmony in Uganda'.

Published in 2017, 'After Rape' examines issues of wrongdoing and justice, sexual violence and rape among the Acholi people in northern Uganda. 

The Herskovits Prize is awarded annually by the Africa Studies Association to the author of the best scholarly work in African studies published in English during the preceding year. 

The winner of the 2018 prize will be announced on Saturday 1 December 2018.

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We are delighted to welcome Professor Karin Barber to the Centre 

Karin Barber is a Centennial Professor in Anthropology. Her research focuses on Yoruba oral literature, popular theatre and print culture, and she has also done wider comparative work on popular culture and the anthropology of texts. Her most recent books are Print Culture and the First Yoruba Novel (2012) and A History of African Popular Culture (2018).

 

Michaelmas Term 2018

 

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We are delighted to welcome Professor Leonard Wantchekon to the Centre

Leonard Wantchekon is a Centennial Professor at LSE for 2018-2019 academic year. He is a Professor of Politics and International Affairs and associated faculty in the Economics department at Princeton University.  His research is broadly focused on political and economic development, particularly in Africa.  His specific interests include institutions and governance, education and human capital externalities, democratization, clientelism and redistributive politics and the long-term social impact of historical events. 

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the founder the African School of Economics (ASE), which opened in Benin in September 2014.

For a full profile of Professor Wantchekon, please visit the IMF website for a Finance & Development article entitled “Ground Breaker.”

Africa At LSE blog competition

Africa at LSE launches Blog Competition

The Africa at LSE blog has launched a competition for undergraduate and masters student inviting them to explore the influences and contribution of the African Diaspora to the world. 

The competition opens on 1 October 2018 and closes at midnight on Friday 9 November 2018. All blogs should be no more than 1,000 words and submitted via email to  africa@lse.ac.uk and accompanied by your name and degree programme at LSE. 

A judging panel will assess submissions and select a winner based on the following criteria: originality (25%), creativity (25%), use of language (25%), and appropriateness to the theme of the contest (25%).

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa will compile a shortlist on 10 blogs with the judging panel choosing the winner and two runners-up. All shortlisted blogs will be published on the Africa at LSE blog.

The winner of the competition will receive a £50 voucher. Two runners-up will each receive a £25 voucher. All shortlisted writers will receive a free ticket for the 2019 LSE Africa Summit. 

For more information and TCs click here

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Second LSE PFAL Forum for Aspiring African Leaders

The second LSE Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) Forum took place from 6-8 September 2018 in Mombasa Kenya. Over 100 delegates from the four corners of the continent were gathered at the Serena Beach Resort and Spa for a closed conference with the theme, Working Together to Shape Our Future.

Over the four days of the conference, delegates were inspired and empowered to take on the biggest challenges in their communities, countries and continent through a succession of keynote addresses by distinguished speakers and workshops. Among the speakers were Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Irungu Houghton, Executive Director, of Amnesty International Kenya.


 

Summer Term

 

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Visiting Professor shares expertise in LSE IQ Podcast

FLCA Visiting Professor Dr Grace Akello recently participated in LSE IQ's monthly podcast. Aired on 3 July 2018, Episode 16, Do we need to rethink foreign aid? discusses the politics of foreign aid.

The episode examines the role of humanitarian and development assistance despite an increasingly sceptical political environment. Dr Duncan Green, an Investigator on our CPAID research project, is also featured, alongside Rafat Ali Al-Akhali and Dr Ryan Jablonski.

Listen to the segment.

 


 

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Assistant Professor presents new ESRC Research in Mumbai

On June 15 and 16, a network of global researchers met in Mumbai, India, to take part in a workshop organised by the Indian organisation, ITforChange, that explored the implications of digital platforms for economic and social development. Participants included researchers from Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Canada, Belgium, Wales, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, India, the Philippines, China, Indonesia and Thailand discussing topics ranging from the impacts of platformisation on financial inclusion, cultural representation and production, worker security and livelihoods, sovereignty and exploitation, among many other topics.

As part of the workshop, Laura Mann, from the LSE ID/FLCA presented her new ESRC research project on the digitization of agriculture within the US and Kenya. She emphasised the need to understand the impacts of digital technologies and platforms through the lens of competitive knowledge production.

 


 

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CPAID researcher 's work featured in ICR study and New York Times 

The Roots of Restraint in War—a study that updates the 2004 Roots of Behaviour in War by the ICR—was launched in June 2018 in Geneva.

Naomi Pendle's research on community-embedded armed group in South Sudan was featured in this study  and quoted in a New York Times article.

 


 

LSE Visiting Fellow, Michael Amoah

Visiting Fellow provides expert analysis on Burundi referendum 

FLCA Visiting Fellow Dr Michael Amoah was interviewed on Al Jazeera on 17 May 2018 as votes were cast in Burundi on a referendum to extend presidential term limits.  

During the segment, Dr Amoah discussed the political motivations behind the referendum and the ‘intimidation and fear’ some citizens are under to go out and vote.   

The results of the referendum have been announced since, with Burundi approving constitutional amendments to extend presidential term limits.  

Watch the segment

 


 

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South Sudanese researchers invited to apply for Writing Workshop in July 2018

South Sudanese early career researchers have been invited to apply for the Writing Workshop which will take place in Kenya during 10-22 July 2018.

Funded by the British Academy, the workshop is being organised in partnership between the Institute of Peace, Development and Security (University of Juba)  and the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (LSE).

The workshop will provide invaluable training to South Sudanese early career researchers looking to write-up and publish their original empirical research.

Attendees will also receive additional support to facilitate the submission of their resulting articles (8,000 words approx.) to an international, peer-reviewed journal before November 2018. 

Applications close on the 18th May 2018.

Find out how to apply

 


 

Africa Summit Team 2018

The LSE Africa Summit 2018 

The  LSE Africa Summit took place on 20 and 21 April 2018. The theme of this year's conference is Africa at Work: Educated. Employed. Empowered

President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo of Ghana delivered the opening keynote address on the second day of the annual student-led conference.

Other speakers at the conference included Mosun Belo-Olusoga, Chair of Access Bank PLC, Nigeria and Dr Lindiwe Sibanda, VP Policy and Partnerships, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

Visit the website to find out more about the Summit

 


 

CPAID researcher Grace Akello

New Visiting Professor at the Centre for Africa

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa welcomes Dr Grace Akello, Ruth Glass Memorial Fellow in the Department of International Development and FLCA Visiting Professor.

She will spend the next four months at LSE working as part of research team in the Centre for Public Authority and International Development.

Dr Akello is a medical anthropologist and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Gulu University in Uganda where she convenes that master of medical anthropology course.

Her research interests focus on the interplay between culture, health and illness particularly during conflict, complex emergencies and natural disasters. Her work has been published in a range of journals including Social Science and Medicine and Intervention. 

She can be contacted on g.akello-ayebare@lse.ac.uk

 

Lent Term 2018

 

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New ESRC-funded project launched at LSE

Starting in March 2018 and running for 3.5 years, Professor Catherine Boone will lead an ESRC-funded project on Spatial Inequalities in the Political Economy of Africa.This project is a collaborative effort between scholars in the UK, US, and Kenya. 

The project will culminate in a series of co-authored scholarly publications and research workshops at the British Institute in Eastern Africa in Nairobi and at the LSE in Spring 2019, 2020, and 2021.  


 

LSE Visiting Fellow, Michael Amoah

FLCA academic provides expert analysis on Zuma resignation

FLCA Visiting Fellow Dr Michael Amoah was interviewed on BBC World Business Report following the resignation of South Africa President Jacob Zuma on 14 February 2018.

During the segment, Dr Amoah discussed the economic and business impact of Mr Zuma’s departure and the priorities of incoming leader Cyril Ramaphosa

 

 

Watch the news segment

 


 

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Special Issue of Disasters Journal edited by LSE academics launched

A roundtable workshop launching the Disasters Journal special issue: Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Humanitarian Crises was held on Tuesday 13 February 2018 at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

This special issue was co-edited by LSE Research Fellow Holly Porter, LSE Visiting Professor Dorothea Hilhorst and independent researcher Rachel Gordon.

The publication, open access for all of 2018, is a joint initiative of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) and the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa.

 


 

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Applications are now open for the 2018 LSE-UCT July School

The 2018 LSE-UCT July School will take place from 25 June – 6th July at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. 

It provides the highest calibre students, graduates and professionals from across the globe with an exciting opportunity to study important social science issues relevant to Africa today across subject areas as diverse as international relations, economics, government, geography, and social policy.

An ‘Early Bird’ discount of £150 is available for all fully completed applications received by April 15

 


 

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LSE's Naomi Pendle discusses Cow-Economies in South Sudan on NPR

Dr Naomi Pendle, Research Officer in the LSE CPAID and South Sudan expert, was interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) documentary, War and Peace and Cows about the role of cows in the economy of South Sudan.

After the 2013 war that erupted in South Sudan, many communities experienced displacement, village rampages and militia invasions. As South Sudan officially became its own country in the summer of 2011, it also faced instability and transformation. In light of this change, NPR investigated the security that cattle have brought South Sudanese populations as a type of currency rooted in their socio-cultural, political, and economic lives. 

 

 
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The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa Annual Report is now out

You can read about all our activities during the 2016/17 academic year in our Annual Report. It is available in print format and pdf.

 


 

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CPAID researcher presents to Australia’s Department of Defence

In December 2017, Patrcyja Stys was invited to present her research to Australia’s Department of Defence, by the Defence, Science and Technology Group.

Dr Stys, alongside Dr Johan Koskinen of University of Manchester discussed transborder trade networks, historical migration patterns, and networked conflict dynamics in Africa’s Great Lakes Region.  

The presentation attempted to redirect Australian DoD’s focus on material resources as the cause of conflict by emphasising unresolved, historically-rooted tensions and their political instrumentalisation in context – linking what has been coined as ’the local’ to wider national and regional developments.

Dr Stys, Dr Koskinen, and present colleagues then discussed the comparability of the Central African case and its dynamics to those of Timore Leste and Indonesia, DoD’s primary concern.

 


 

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Renewal of the The Beacon Equity Trust scholarship

LSE is pleased to announce the renewal of the The Beacon Equity Trust scholarship.

There will be one award of £20,000 per session for an applicant from Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda. More information on candidate eligibility can be found here. All of LSE's undergraduate programmes are applicable.

This information sheet, provided by the Beacon Trust, covers all aspects of the scholarship.  

 


 

 

Winning team of the 2018 PfAL project competition

SeXYZ is the Winner of 2017/2018 LSE PfAL Group Project 

The Programme for African Leadership is proud to announce the winner of this year’s group project competition, SeXYZ. Out of the ten groups that took part , SeXYZ was voted the winner by the PfAL 7 students for their idea to “empowerment for education through sex conversation”. This initiative aimns to educate young people on sexual health and reproduction and the influences it can have on their future education prospects.

The group members: Atem de Kuek, Munashe Musuka, Nomonde Ndwalaza, Landry Geoffroy Kabore, Hiral Chudasama, Claudia Atsufui Hihetah and Emily Van der Merwe aim to raise awareness of this issue through visual learning and relatable themes to encourage young people to learn and speak about sex education.

The Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) Group Project was designed  to help the PfAL participants develop confidence in presenting their ideas, working as part of a collaborative team to deliver common goals and think about how to develop and implement realistic strategies to address African challenges.

The winners of last year’s group project were the D4Dignity campaign that rolled out a campaign to provide sanitary products to internally displaced people in Nigeria. 

 


 

Former Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe

LSE Academics on the news about #Zimbabwecoup

The past couple of weeks have been quite busy for our academics with Robert Mugabe's exit from the presidency.

LSE researcher McDonald Lewanika was quoted in several news outlets such as the Al JazeeraForeign Policy, the Zimbabwean. Read his take on the military coup in our Africa at LSE blog.

LSE Assistant Professor Dr. Wendy Willems was interviewed for Al Jazeera's 'Zimbabwe: Mugabe's Media Legacy' and 'Mugabe's downfall: A new era for Zimbabwe's media?'. Both programmes examined  Mugabe's media tactics and the recent events leading to his fall.

 


 

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IMF Africa Director Abebe Aemro Selassie visits LSE

On Monday 6 November  2017, Abebe Aemro Selassie, Director of the IMF’s Africa department and LSE alumnus, delivered a public lecture entitled Growth in sub-Saharan Africa: drawing on the past, looking to the future.

In a event hosted by the International Growth Centre and the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, Selassie delivered an insightful talk on the necessary policy reforms to address the challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa.

Read the transcipt of Abebe Aemro Selassie's lecture

 


 

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New Report Partnerships in Conflict launched at LSE

A new report from Oxfam and International Alert was launched at LSE on Tuesday 31 October 2017. Partnerships in Conflict explores the impact of violent conflict on civil society organisations (CSOs) and the implications for international actors who partner with them.

Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, 130 people were in attendance as Summer Brown, Gerard Howe, Jawed Nadar, Danny Sriskandarajah and Yoma Winder debates some of the reports findings and conclusions.

Watch the event and Read the report

 


 

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Meet our new PfAL Scholars

We are thrilled to welcome the seventh PfAL cohort for the 2017-2018 academic year

The Programme for African Leadership ( PfAL) was established at LSE to empower a new generation of African leaders who will promote best practices of economic and social development in their organisations and countries.

More information

 


 

LSE Visiting Fellow, Michael Amoah

LSE Visiting Fellow provides expert analysis on Kenya elections

Ahead of the 2017 Kenya general elections, Dr Michael Amoah, Visiting Fellow at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa was interviewed on the BBC and Al Jazeera about Kenya's general elections which took place on 8 August 2017. While the BBC discussion centred around general aspects of the elections, the Al Jazeera interview focused on the reasons why it is difficult to hold fair elections in some African countries.

Listen to the Al Jazeera Interview

 


 ESRC awards LSE £5 million for new centre looking at successful models of government in fragile African countries

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has awarded LSE a five-year grant to research governance in fragile, conflict-affected, and impoverished areas in Africa. Launched on 1 April 2017, the Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID) will be led by Professor Tim Allen and hosted at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa. Its aim is to produce high-quality research and evidence that can help to generate informed and successful international development policies.  

The research will look at how families, clans, religious leaders, aid agencies, civil society, rebel militia and vigilante groups contribute to governance, by sharing the experiences of affected populations particularly marginalised and excluded groups.

The funding of the centre forms part of ESRC’s contribution to the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), a £1.5 billion UK Government investment to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.

Read more about CPAID 


 

Students graduate from PfAL 2016-17 programme

Students participating in the 2016-17 Programme for African Leadership completed the programme on Monday 12 June in a full-day event at LSE.

The students gathered together to discuss their ideas of how they can respond to current issues in their home countries and the African Continent. One of the sessions welcomed PfAL alumna Navalayo Osembo-Ombati, Co-founder of Enda Athletic, Inc., to share about her own LSE journey and the experience of founding a company that aimed to make the first Kenyan running shoes.

Dr Kumi Naidoo, Launch Director of Africans Rising and former Executive Director of Greenpeace International, delivered the keynote address: 'The role of the African graduate in a turbulent and unjust world'.

The event - and the 2016-17 programme - concluded with commencement addresses from current PfAL students Efua Kumea Asibon and Muna Ngenda, who reflected on the cohort's past year and the responsibility that was now in their hands. Professor Paul Kelly, Pro-Director of Teaching and Learning at LSE, presented PfAL certificates to the students in a certification ceremony that saw the 52 students join the PfAL Alumni Network.


 

Ibukun Awosika delivers inspiring closing keynote at the 2017 LSE Africa Summit

A successful fourth LSE Africa Summit, led by students, concluded on Saturday 1 April with a rousing address by the Chairman of the First Bank of Nigeria, Ibukun Awosika who urged the students in the audience to actively engage in solving the issues facing Africa today.

Awosika’s keynote underlined the theme of this year’s Summit, Built for Africa: African Solutions to African Issues. Although Africa has problems, young Africans can use their education to think constructively and strategically about how to solve these problems, she said, as she urged students to think of themselves as leaders of today, not tomorrow.

Ghanaian undercover investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas gave a spirited defence of what he called “results-based journalism” in the closing keynote of the research conference on Friday 31 March.

Professor Muhammadou Kah, Vice Rector For Technology & Innovations at the ADA University in Baku, Azerbaijan, also emphasised the importance of the diaspora’s contribution to developing African countries.

Security, education and financing were also among the topics debated at the research and business conferences.

Watch video of the 2017 LSE Africa Summit



Applications deadline fast approaching for LSE-UCT MSc Global Media and Communications scholarships

If you fancy being part of the first class of students to enrol in the new MSc Global Media and Communications double degree from LSE and UCT, time is running out to apply.

There are two scholarship opportunities for African applicants for this degree, but in order to be considered, it is recommended that you apply by 31 March.  If an offer is received, holders must then complete the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form by 5pm GMT on 26 April 2017.

Find out more about the degree and how to apply

Discover more scholarships available to African students applying to LSE.


Mauritius Vice President will deliver the opening keynote at the fourth LSE Africa Summit

HE Mr Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory, Vice President of Mauritius, will give the opening address on the first day of the 2017 LSE Africa Summit on Friday 31 March. Mr Vyapoory is a former High Commissioner to South Africa and a former academic.

The theme of this year’s two-day conference is Built for Africa: African Solutions for African Issues.


Applications open for MSc African Development at LSE

If you are looking for Masters programme which can provide you with a high quality academic introduction to the study of politics, economic development and economic policy in Africa, then you may be interested in applying for the LSE MSc African Development programme.

Find out more about the programme


D4Dignity launch their campaign
The winner of the PfAL projects campaign, D4Dignity have launched their fundraising campaign to provide menstrual products to women and girls in a refugee camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria.

The group of six postgraduate LSE students aim to raise £10,000 which will be used to acheive their goal of providing menstrual hygiene kits for 1400 women and girls in the Maiduguri camp.

Find out more about the campaign on the website and the GoGetFunding page.


Apply to attend the 2017 LSE-UCT July School

The fifth LSE-UCT July School will take place from 17-28 July 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.

This innovative and prestigious two-week ‘summer school’ style programme provides the highest calibre students, graduates and professionals from across the globe with an exciting opportunity to study important social science issues relevant to Africa today across subject areas as diverse as international relations, economics, management, government, geography, law, media and social policy.

Find out how to apply for the 2017 LSE/UCT July School

 


Women Leaders on Global Stage: lessons for Africa

To commemorate International Women’s Day 2017, the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa gathered three notable women, Fadumo Dayib, Nemata Majeks-Walker and Joice Mujuru, at LSE on Tuesday 7 March to share their personal challenges and successes in securing political office and campaigning to increase women’s representation in government.

The following day, Dayib, Majeks-Walker and Mujuru had the opportunity to speak to an intimate audience at the UK Parliament at an event hosted by Maria Miller MP, Chair of the Women’s and Equalities Select Committee.

Watch the video of the event and discover how the event unfolded on social media with Storify

 


African Revolutions: From the streets to the written word

As part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017, the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa held an event African Revolutions: From the streets to the written word which explored the impact of the Arab Spring on the literature of the region.
Yasmine El Rashidi, Samar Samir Mezghanni and Nii Ayikwei Parkes shared personal reflections on how the popular revolutions in North Africa since 2011 continue to inspire their work and those of their colleagues.

Listen to a podcast of this event


Professor Tim Allen Gives Evidence at The Hague

Professor Tim Allen, Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and head of the Department for International Development at LSE, was the first witness of the prosecution at the ongoing trial of the former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leader Dominic Ongwen at the Hague on 16 and 17 January 2017.

The LRA sprung up in Uganda in the 1980s when Professor Allen, then a young academic, was living and conducting research in Uganda. In his testimony, he explained the origins of the LRA and gave some insight into how the LRA leader Joseph Kony inducted junior recruits into his army.

2016

Nigerian Scholar and Diplomat Ibrahim Gambari visits LSE

A LSE special session with Professor Ibrahim Gambari was hosted by the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa on 12 December 2016.

Professor Gambari, who has had a distinguished career with the United Nations, discussed the relationship between Africa and the UN, tackling various aspects including the outlining of an agenda for peace, security and human rights.

This interactive session also opened up a discussion about the implications for Africa of the increasing wave of nativism and protectionism in Western societies, while stressing the importance of African leaders taking action so as to generate responses from the UN.



D4Dignity wins PfAL Projects Competition

In the 2016 Michaelmas Term, students in the Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) worked in groups to create campaigns that addressed political, economic and social issues in Africa.

Campaigns covered a wide range of topics, including mental health awareness in Tanzania; increasing the distribution of children’s books in indigenous languages/content; and getting people to get involved with their local food assistance programme, to name a few.

Each of the 10 groups gave a presentation to a panel of judges, who selected four groups to continue on to the final stage: a vote from the PfAL cohort on Wednesday 7 December 2016.

After four outstanding presentations and a very close race, the cohort voted for the group D4Dignity, which proposed a fundraising campaign to provide menstrual silicone cups to women and girls in the refugee camp in Maidiguri, Nigeria.
D4Dignity not only won the first place prize, they will receive funding to execute their campaign.

Keep your eyes peeled to find out how ‘one cup can save someone’s life’!



Professor Bandiera elected as Fellow of the Econometrics Society 

Congratulations to Professor Oriana Bandiera who has been elected as Fellow of the Econometrics Society.

Professor Bandiera is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and Director of STICERD. Alongside these roles, she also co-directs the State Capabilities programme at the International Growth Centre.

The Econometric Society is an international society for the advancement of economic theory in its relation to statistics and mathematics



Deborah James wins the inaugural Fage & Oliver prize

Congratulations to Professor Deborah James of the LSE's Department of Anthropology who has been named as one of the winners of the inaugural Fage & Oliver prize.

The prize has been established in honour of the two founders of African Studies in the UK, John Donnelly Fage and Roland Oliver and was awarded for a book published in 2014 or 2015.

Professor James received the award for her book Money from Nothing: indebtedness and aspiration in South Africa.

Read a review of this book.



Catherine Boone wins 2016 Luebbert Book Award for Property and Political Order in Africa

Congratulations to Professor Catherine Boone of the Departments of Government and International Development who has received  the American Political Science Association’s prestigious Gregory Luebbert Book Award for the best book in Comparative Politics published in the last two years.

The book has been widely acclaimed, also winning APSA’s African Politics Conference Group Best Book Award 2014, receiving an Honourable Mention for the African Studies Association’s 2015 Herskovits Best Book Award, and gaining praise from experts in the field.

Read an interview in which Professor Boone discusses Property and Political Order in Africa.



PfAL students visit the UK Houses of Parliament

Lord Paul Boateng hosted a group of Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) students on Monday 10 October 2016 at the Houses of Parliament. After a tour, the students engaged in a lively conversation with the former Cabinet Minister and British Ambassdor to South Africa, discussing a number of issues including the importance of having a young generation of emerging African leaders.



LSE Director Julia Black, Firoz Lalji and Tim Allen celebrate landmark gift in London

A special dinner was held in London to mark the establishment of the Firoz Lalji Centre of Africa and the gift by LSE alumnus Firoz Lalji. The LSE Director Professor Julia Black and the Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa Professor Tim Allen were among the attendees celebrating the generous £13 million gift from the long-term LSE supporter.