SOAS University of London

SOAS holds Residential School in Cape Town, South Africa

9 March 2017

SOAS University of London, announces the 10th edition of the annual Governance for Development in Africa Residential School, a week-long intensive programme of lectures, seminars and workshops for selected participants from any country in Africa. The programme is organised by the Centre of African Studies (CAS) at SOAS in association with the South African Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) and supported by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

The aim of the Residential School is to build skills, develop talents and enable African citizens to improve the quality of governance in their countries. Selected participants will travel to Cape Town to explore theories and share knowledge and experiences on good governance and development, with a programme delivered by academics and practitioners. Sessions will feature a range of internationally renowned academics who will give lectures on a variety of topics around governance in Africa. Professor Mushtaq Khan of SOAS will talk about evidence on anti-corruption and Funmi Olonisakin of King’s College of London will speak on the topic of Security in Africa.

The programme includes one public session. On Monday 27 March, Professor Ben Turok, renowned anti-apartheid activist and former Member of Parliament, will chair an expert panel on governance and industrialisation.

Director of the programme, Professor Christopher Cramer, Professor of the Political Economy of Development at SOAS, said: “Governance is fundamental to development and understanding exactly how is both important and complicated. This residential school brings a number of South African and international scholars to address the meanings of governance, the challenges in measuring it, and the relationships between different forms of governance and the processes and outcomes of development. We are as ever hugely grateful to be working with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to make this school possible. And we are delighted this year to be working with the dti as our partner. While the residential school engages with the 2017 World Bank World Development Report on governance and addresses a range of issues including violence and governance, this year's school has a particular focus on governance of and for industrial policy.”

As part of the Governance for Development in Africa program, the Centre of African Studies at SOAS has produced over 100 video lectures and interviews with residential school participants and high profile experts on Governance in Africa. These are available online at:

Residential Schools have been held every year since 2009, in Dakar, Entebbe, Maputo, Dar es Salaam, Addis Ababa, Accra, London and Rabat.

More information on the programme: