SOAS University of London

New residential school opens in Dakar

7 April 2009

A residential school in Dakar, Senegal as part of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation 'Governance for Development in Africa' programme based at SOAS was run with great success at the start of April. This was the first in a series of residential schools that will be held each year in a different African country and that aim to contribute to and stimulate debate on governance, development, and the relationship between them.

20 participants (selected from more than 250 applicants) took part in the residential school. They came from a range of African countries, including Senegal, Cameroon, Niger, Angola, Congo, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Rwanda. The residential school was organised by SOAS’s Centre for African Studies, in association with CREPOS, a research institute based in Dakar.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation sent representative Elizabeth McGrath to welcome participants on behalf of the Foundation, to explain the overall work of the Foundation, and to present a session on the Foundation's governance index, which provoked lively debate. SOAS was represented by Professor Christopher Cramer, Angelica Baschiera, Dr Carlos Oya and Dr Jonathan Di John.

These residential schools are just one of the activities in the 'Governance for Development in Africa' programme at SOAS. For further information, and links to downloadable lectures on governance and development, please visit the SOAS website at

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is committed to supporting African leadership. The Foundation is an African initiative, which has been established to:

  • Stimulate debate on good governance across sub-Saharan Africa and the world; 
  • Provide criteria by which citizens can hold their governments to account; and 
  • Recognise achievement in African leadership and provide a practical way in which African leaders can build positive legacies after office For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website. (

Below you can download the a list of selected papers presented at the Residential School:

Residential School Dakar
SOAS representatives and participants at the residential school in Dakar.