8 December 2017
The 12th Language and Development Conference was hosted by the British Council in Dakar, Senegal, from November 27 to 29. SOAS was one of the strategic partners for this event that brings together global policy makers, development professionals, the NGO sector, private sector, arts and creative sector representatives, researchers and other stakeholders with a perspective on the role of language in society.
The LILIEMA project team
Professor Friederike Lüpke (Africa Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics) has been part of the organising committee delivered one of the featured talks at the conference. She presented LILIEMA, an innovative approach to basic literacy in highly multilingual areas, stemming from her Leverhulme Trust funded research in Senegal. SOAS is also funding the participation of six Senegalese delegates who are members of multilingual communities in the Casamance area of Senegal at the conference through its Impact Acceleration Fund.
The logo spelled out with members of the LILIEMA team
Friederike said: “SOAS’ involvement in this conference is evidence for the strong social impact and development relevance of our research on the languages and cultures of Africa. I’m excited to bring research participants from Casamance to Dakar, so that they can present their local solutions and resilience strategies to a global audience, rather than being just the passive beneficiaries of development programmes not tailored to their settings and experiences.”