SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

GDAI Residential School 4-8 April 2011, Maputo

The 2011 annual Residential School of Governance and Development in Africa was held in Maputo, Mozambique, 4-8 April 2011. The long week intensive programme organised by the School of Oriental & African Studies, SOAS (University of London), Centre for African Studies (CAS) in partnership with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and in collaboration with Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Económicos (IESE) focused on the topic of Governance and Development in Africa’. In particular this year’s main themes were the Political Economy of Development (Growth, inequality and poverty: managing inequality and poverty, aid and development, amongst others).

This year’s residential school was a great success. It was an engaging and informative event, involving 22 participants from very diverse professional backgrounds, including policy makers, academics, civil society representatives and government officials from countries across Africa, exploring new ideas and sharing experiences on good governance and development.

Among the speakers, internationally recognized experts such as:

  • C. Castel-Branco, IESE, M. Wuyts, ISS Institute for Social Studies, The Netherlands)
  • Bridget O’Laughlin, ISS
  • C. Oya, SOAS ( School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS)
  • C. Cramer (SOAS), J. Di John (SOAS)
  • Paul Nugent, (University of Edinburg)
  • S. Chichava (IESE), N. Pons-Vignon (Wits University)
  • Graham Harrison (University of Sheffield).

The programmes are now available online at Interviews were held with some of the main speakers such as C Cramer, J Di John, these can be viewed at

For Powerpoint Presentation and text material presented at the Residential School in Mozambique please see

Titles of the papers presented:

  • Aid and development, lessons for Mozambique by Castel-Branco
  • Does economic growth always reduce poverty by M Wuyts
  • Dominant parties in Southern Africa, by L de Brito
  • Every day Governance and Development in Africa by G Harrison
  • Governance and the Violence problem, by C Cramer
  • Making sense of indicators and evidence on governance by J Di John
  • Managing inequality and development by C Cramer
  • New donors (China), new finance by C Oya
  • New donors (China), new finance by S Chichava
  • Political economy of aid and development by C Oya
  • Political economy of resource extraction and taxation by C Castel-Branco
  • Politics, States and Social Contacts by P Nugent
  • Problemáticas do financiamento do Estado by C Castel-Branco
  • Questions of Health and Inequality in Mozambique by B O’Laughlin
  • Taxation, Governance and Resource Mobilisation in Sub-Saharan, by J di John
Governance in Africa, Mozambique 2011