SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

2019 GDAI Residential School in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

The Residential School is a weeklong intensive program of lectures, seminars and roundtable discussions for selected African participants exploring issues of governance and development in Africa. In 2019 the program was organised by the Centre of African Studies (CAS) at SOAS and supported by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

  • Michael Jennings, Department of Development Studies, SOAS
  • Morten Jerven, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Pallavi Roy, Department of Economics, SOAS
  • Limbani Mshana, African Development Bank
  • Elvina Quaison, AFFORD
  • Mick Moore, IDS
  • Nanjala Nyabola, independent writer and political analyst
  • Fareda Banda, School of Law, SOAS
  • Victor Murinde, Centre for Global Finance, SOAS
  • Carlos Oya - Department of Development Studies, SOAS
  • Victoria Chisala, African development bank
  • Ponsiano Bimeny, Department of Development Studies, SOAS
  • Yannick Vuylsteke, Mo Ibrahim Foundation


As usual, the Centre of African Studies  has produced video lectures and interviews with this years' residential school participants and high profile experts on Governance in Africa. These are available online at: