SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

GDAI Webinar#3 - The Angolan political transition: challenges to find the right path for sustainable development - with Fernandes Wanda

Fernandes Wanda

Date: 31 October 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 31 October 2019Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Room: Online event

Type of Event: Webinar

Fernandes Wanda, current PhD student(Final Year)in Development Studies (awarded the Mo Ibrahim GDAI Scholarship) will discuss the recent Angolan political transition from a sustainable development perspective.

Although the recent political transition in Angola, from Dos Santos to João Lourenço, is regarded as exemplary by the MPLA ruling elite in Angola, the truth is that this replacement has heightened tensions within the MPLA that threatens the country’s political stability. Dos Santos (2013) emphasized on the creation of a “strong and efficient national entrepreneurs and private investors to drive the creation of more wealth and employment” whereas Lourenço, emphasis on total liberalization through the privatization of state assets might allow vested interests to consolidate their grip over the economy, now through market mechanisms. So, after 2 years in power what has Lourenço accomplished to ensure that Angola finds its path for sustainable development? Can the Angolan economy diversify? What are the challenges ahead? These and other questions will be discussed in this webinar.

The webinar will be chaired by Professor Carlos Oya (SOAS)

Please register and get the link to access the webinar here:

About the webinars:

The aim of this webinar series is to reach a wide and diverse audience worldwide. Thanks to our platform BbCollab, anyone interested with access to internet connection (from a computer or a smartphone) as well as via dialling phone will be able to attend the live online seminar. They will have an opportunity to ask questions relative to the lecture topic at the end of the session through the live chat.

Format of the Webinar Series:

The format will be an hour-long-event, comprising of a 30 minutes lecture, 10 minutes for the chair’s question and 20 minutes open Q&A through the live chat.

Most of the webinars will be live at 5pm GMT in order to allow as many people as possible across the African continent and Europe to attend.

The platform we will use is BbCollab (Blackboard Collaboration). Prerequisite is either computer or tablet or smartphone (some might try to join via telephone–audio only)-the session should open in most browsers. More detailed information on how to join will be given when registering on the Eventbrite site of the webinar.

The recorded event will later be available on our Governance in Africa youtube channel and on our Governance in Africa website.

About the series:

The governance and development in Africa webinars are one part of CAS' Governance for Development in Africa programme, supported by and in collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. The other activities in this programme are: two annual PhD scholarship programme for African researchers based in sub-Saharan Africa to study at SOAS on governance/development topics and an annual residential school on governance and development.

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