SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

GDAI 2014 Residential School in Le Morne, Mauritius

Organised by the Centre of African Studies (CAS) at SOAS, University of London, the 2014 Residential School was held in association with the Business School, University of Mauritius & the University of Mauritius Trust, and was supported by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Between 31st March and 4th April 2014, the participants and speakers met to discuss and debate at Le Paradis Hotel, Le Morne, in the south west corner of the island.

Now in its seventh year, the residential school initiative continues to explore issues of governance and development in Africa through an intensive programme of lectures, seminars and workshops. More than twenty participants from different African countries were in attendance – including policy makers, academics, government officials and civil society representatives. The programme devised and delivered by academics from the Development Studies department at SOAS, along with other invited speakers from Mauritius, France and the UK.

Adhering to the original aims of the initiative, the residential school programme continues to build skills, develop talent and enable citizens to improve the quality of governance in their countries. The selected participants benefitted from the knowledge and research presented by the speakers, and brought their own diverse experiences of development, civil service and academic study to contribute to the lively atmosphere of debate that characterised the five day event.  

Dr Michael Jennings, Chair of CAS, said: “African citizens are increasingly demanding greater accountability and better governance from their leaders. The Residential School offers a timely opportunity to examine the different pillars that impact governance outcomes, from natural resources to conflict, and to explore new policy ideas. We are happy to be working with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, with our Mauritius partners, the Business School at the University of Mauritius, in participating in discussions about the state of governance in Africa.”


  • Salmana Ahmed - Mo Ibrahim Foundation
  • Nouria Brikci - Oxford Policy Management
  • Carlos Chirinos - SOAS Radio
  • Christopher Cramer - Department of Development Studies, SOAS
  • Chris de Neubourg -University of Mauritius
  • Jonathan di John - Department of Development Studies, SOAS
  • Laura Hammond - Department of Development Studies, SOAS
  • Michael Jennings - Department of Development Studies, SOAS
  • Raj Makoon - Head of the Joint Economic Council, Mauritius
  • Nicolas Meisel - Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
  • Carlos Oya - Department of Development Studies, SOAS

Media content from the school will soon be available on the Governance in Africa Conversations website.