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SOAS stages Residential School in Mauritius to explore governance and development in Africa

26 March 2014

The sixth Residential School will explore issues of governance and development in Africa through an intensive programme of lectures, seminars and workshops later this month.

Organised by the Centre of African Studies (CAS) at SOAS, University of London, the Residential School is in association with the Business School, University of Mauritius and supported by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

More than thirty International Development participants including policy makers, academics, government officials and civil society representatives from across Africa and the UK will meet in Mauritius from 31 March to 4 April 2014 at Paradis Hotel, Le Morne.

The aim of the residential school is to build skills, develop talent and enable citizens to improve the quality of governance in their countries. The participants will explore new ideas and share experiences on good governance and development, with a programme delivered by academics and practitioners from the UK and Africa.

Dr Michael Jennings, Chair of CAS at SOAS, said: “African citizens are increasingly demanding greater accountability and better governance from their leaders. The Residential School offers a timely opportunity to examine the different pillars that impact governance outcomes, from natural resources to conflict, and to explore new policy ideas. We are happy to be working with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, with our Mauritius partners, the Business School at the University of Mauritius, in participating in discussions about the state of governance in Africa.”

The residential school will also see the launch in Mauritius of the governanceinafrica.org website and YouTube channel, with video lectures and radio interviews with leading academics and leaders discussing the challenges for good governance in Africa.

The annual Residential Schools are part of the Governance for Development in Africa programme, organised by CAS at SOAS in collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. They aim to contribute to and stimulate debate on governance, development, and the relationship between them. About 20 participants from a range of African countries, and representative of the academic, civil society and government sectors, are selected each year to take part.

The 2009 residential school was held in Dakar, Senegal, the 2010 school in Entebbe, Uganda and in Maputo, Mozambique and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 2011, in Addis Ababa in 2012 and in Accra, Ghana in 2013.

Residential School Addis Ababa 2012

SOAS' Governance in Africa Residential School Addis Ababa 2012