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.
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 (www.soas.ac.uk/cas).
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.
Previous Events in this series
Aleida Borges (Kings College London), Dércio Tsandzana (Sciences Po Bordeaux)
Seeking to discuss the practices and experiences of political participation of young Mozambicans and Cabo Verdeans, it will be argued that young people face challenges which do not find an adequate political response, which is why they resort to "new", non-conventional forms of political engagement, characterised essentially by the social networks of the Internet and activism.27 May 2021, Virtual Event, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Jimmy Awany (SOAS Alumnus), Ponsiano Bimeny (SOAS University of London)
Drawing on South Sudan as a case study, this webinar will explores how civil society is shaped and constructed, and how civic actors navigate different spaces within a conflict context, shrinking civil society space and international influence to impact peace.25 March 2021, Virtual Event, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Dr Bashàïr Ahmed (Shabaka) and Paul Asquith (African Foundation for Development/SLE, Humboldt University, Berlin)
CAS Research Associates Dr Bashàïr Ahmed and Paul Asquith discuss the prospects for Sudan at this critical time.4 December 2020, Virtual Event, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
John Sender and Christopher Cramer
Prof Christopher Cramer and Prof John Sender will discuss their latest book 'African Economic Development: Evidence, Theory, Policy'.26 November 2020, Virtual Event, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Patricia Kameri-Mbote (University of Nairobi)28 October 2020, Virtual Event, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dr Rama Salla Dieng (Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh)
Dr Rama Salla Dieng will offer a critical analysis of the political economic context surrounding ‘land rush’ within the Senegalese context.11 September 2020, Virtual Event, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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
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.
The webinar will be chaired by Professor Carlos Oya (SOAS)31 October 2019, , Online event, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Dr Felix Marco Conteh
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Centre of African Studies at SOAS and SOAS Radio are delighted to announce that the speaker for our second webinar will be Dr Felix Marco Conteh, who completed his PhD at SOAS Univeristy of London in 2014 under the Mo Ibrahim Foundation PhD Scholarship programme.
Dr Conteh will deliver a webinar entitled 'Twists and Turns: the unpredictable trajectory of decentralization in Sierra Leone'30 April 2019, Online event, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Dr Sehin Teferra
The first GDAI Webinar will premiere on February 19th with special guest Dr Sehin Teferra, who will discuss her recent work in the Ethiopian feminist movement.19 February 2019, , Online event, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM