SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

African Development Forum

The SOAS African Development Forum (ADF) is a student-driven platform for championing African development, bringing together leading thinkers in the field to stimulate informed discussion, challenge orthodox narratives, and bridge gaps in understanding between various development stakeholders. Hosted by the University of London’s Centre of African Studies – the largest centre of expertise on Africa outside of the continent – the ADF organises an annual conference on different themes of interest, building on the ideas and expectations of those on the continent, and the contributions of the diaspora. Now in its 7th year, the ADF also runs a recently established blog dedicated to contemporary African affairs, which acts as a permanent space for debate, dialogue and conversation about Africa. 

Previous Events in this series

SOAS African Development Forum 2019: "in.security"

Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki (NEPAD), Olutimehin Adegbeye, Siyanda Mohutsiwa, Wale Lawal(The Republic), Yinka Adegoke(Quartz Africa), Said El Hachimi (WTO counsellor) and many others

In March, the SOAS African Development Forum will present a conference on the current state of insecurity in Africa, and its prospects for development.

15 March 2019, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

African Development Forum 2018 -TRANSITIONS: Migrating, Integrating, Innovating

Organised under the title of 'Transitions: Migrating, Integrating, Innovating'' , the 7th annual African Development Forum aims to generate conversation on the changing political, economic, and socio-cultural structures that are shaping Africa’s transitions both externally and from within.

2 March 2018, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, Brunei Suite, 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Energy and Agency: Fuelling Africa’s Development

Tomi Oladipo, Padraig Carmody, Dame Rosalind Marsden, Yacob Mulugetta, Dr Chukwumerije Okereke, Betty Makoni, Rainatou Sow, etc...

The 6th African Development Forum, 'Energy and Agency: Fuelling Africa’s Development' will host a series of panel discussions on resource conflicts, climate change and women’s power.

18 March 2017, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM

The African Development Forum: Inclusive Growth: Structural Transformation in Africa

Dr Antonio Andreoni, Stephen Gelb, Jason Hickel, Prof. Machiko Nissanke, Olayinka Babalola, Sally Gear, Yacob Mulugetta, Amzath Fassassi and Nanki Kaur
Structural Transformation is arguably the new catchphrase of international development with organisations from the African Economic Outlook to the IMF drumming its necessity. Organised by the African Development Forum.
12 March 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

African Development Forum: Creative Africa

Ikenna Azuike, Minna Salami, Isabel Moura Mendes, Musa Okwonga, Helen Jennings, Mathilde Dongala, Kiran Yoliswa and Alae Ismail

The SOAS African Development Forum is an innovative, student-driven platform for championing African development. We aim to promote international interaction, generate lively thought-provoking discussion and challenge assumptions surrounding development in Africa.

15 March 2014, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Suite, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM