SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

GDAI - Governance for Development in Africa Webinar Series

The Governance for Development In Africa Webinars are one part of our Governance for Development in Africa Initiative (GDAI), supported by and in collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.The aim of these webinars is to reach a wide and diverse audience worldwide and especially within the African continent.

Governance matters for development – and development matters for governance.

Governance has become a powerful theme of discussions of development in Africa and elsewhere. But there is a need for more debate within Africa on these issues.

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Is everybody agreed what governance, let alone ‘good governance’, means? Is the relationship between governance and development outcomes (economic growth, poverty reduction, improved health, greater freedom, etc) beyond question? Which governance changes make the most difference to people’s well-being and to structural change in Africa? What are the lessons of governance reforms across different African countries? Has the governance issue been hijacked or depoliticised by the interventions of foreign donor organisations? Or are these organisations the useful bearers of convincing evidence and accumulated experience from elsewhere in the world?
As part of the ‘Governance for Development in Africa’ programme that we at SOAS run in collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, we are making available a series of webinars.

This webinars series is one part of our 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. Further details on these initiatives can be found at the CAS site (

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

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.

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Forthcoming Events

GDAI Webinar #4 - Climate Induced Migration In West Africa - with Prof Joseph Teye

Professor Joseph Teye ( Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana)

Although West Africa’s contribution to global climate change is very minimal, the continent is the worst affected by the effects of climate change because of its geographical location and weak adaptive capacity.

30 January 2020, , Online event, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM