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SOAS event platform to enhance Diaspora’s impact on development in Africa

24 October 2013

A one-day workshop at SOAS, University of London on ‘Exploring effective collaboration between the Diaspora and the academic community’ brings together the diaspora and academic community to discuss effective ways of collaborating on Africa’s development.

The event will take place on Saturday 26 October at 9am in College Buildings at SOAS. It is organised by the Centre of African Studies at SOAS in association with the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), with funding from Comic Relief’s Common Ground Initiative. 

Through presentations and discussion, the workshop will encourage dialogue between the African diaspora, academics and decision makers in order to challenge policy perspectives that neglect realities on the ground. This is the first in a series of day-long workshops to take place throughout the UK in the coming year organised by the Africa-UK Diaspora Engagement network.

Chaired by Dr Laura Hammond, Head of Department of Development Studies at SOAS and Gibril Faal, Chairman of AFFORD, speakers include Dr Akin Oyetade, Senior Lecturer in Yoruba at SOAS, SOAS PhD Development Studies student, Robtel Neajai Pailey, recently recognised in the “99 Under 33” most influential foreign policy leaders by US global affairs magazine Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, academics from other UK institutions, and representatives from The African Diaspora Academic Network.

Dr Hammond said: “The event provides a platform for African diaspora, researchers, and professionals working with and in diaspora organisations to engage with decision makers. It also creates opportunities for Africans in the UK to share and exchange their experiences of influencing policy and practice, as well as in engaging with societies in their countries of origin. There are not very many opportunities like this for activists from different African countries to learn from each other.’”

The event is free to attend, booking is required, please email cas@soas.ac.uk or call 020 7898 4370 to register. More information on the SOAS events page.