SOAS University of London

Mo Ibrahim Foundation renews support of SOAS's Governance for Development in Africa Initiative

8 January 2018

SOAS University of London is pleased to announce that the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has renewed its support of the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative.

The donation of just under £900,000 will provide six PhD scholarships and fund a webinar series on governance in Africa. It will also provide support for the SOAS Centre for African Studies to run the initiative, including involvement in the annual Mo Ibrahim Foundation Residential School in Africa.

This renewal comes on the tenth anniversary of the partnership between SOAS and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which has so far supported 27 postgraduate scholarships, nine residential schools, five Fellowships for young Africans, and created an informal network of alumni of the schools and scholars concerned with good governance in Africa.

Residential School South Africa

Residential School, Cape Town, 2017

SOAS is very proud of this partnership over the last decade, which has made a considerable contribution towards our shared goals of supporting African governance and the capacity of Africans to drive change within their own societies.

Christopher Cramer, Professor of the Political Economy of Development, from SOAS said: “We are really grateful for the ongoing support of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. This initiative allows us to bring SOAS’s expertise on development and governance in the region to support debate within the continent, and to build skills within an expert academic environment.”

Dr Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said: “We are delighted to continue our long association with SOAS. We share many goals and aspirations, and the Governance for Development in Africa initiative is a proven method for achieving these aims.”

More information is available on the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative website.