Events

All events listed below are free and open to all with no ticket required unless otherwise stated. Entry is on a first come first served basis.

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Michaelmas Term 2014

EXHIBITION: South Africa’s Democracy — Mandela’s “Cherished Ideal”

LSE Arts public exhibition

Date: Monday 1 – Friday 26 September 2014
Time:  10am- 8pm, Mon-Fri
Venue: Atrium Gallery, Old Building

This exhibition brings together photographs, documents and artefacts illustrating the unique story of South Africa’s journey into democracy — President Mandela’s “cherished ideal”.

It marks the twentieth year of the new country and the fiftieth year since Mandela and his co-accused were sentenced to life imprisonment at the Rivonia Trial.  For further details on the exhibition please visit: South Africa’s Democracy — Mandela’s “Cherished Ideal”

This exhibition is presented by the University of Cape Town, Witwatersrand and Fort Hareand and supported by the South African High Commission.

Moeletsi Mbeki, South African author and businessman, and deputy chair of the South African Institute of International Affairs, will give an associated lecture on Tuesday 23 September.  For more information please see South Africa’s Democracy — Mandela’s “Cherished Ideal”

This exhibition is open to all, no ticket required.


 

South Africa’s Democracy — Mandela’s “Cherished Ideal”

LSE public lecture

Date: Tuesday 23 September 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker:  Moeletsi Mbeki
Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun

Moeletsi Mbeki, political analyst, author and entrepreneur, will examine how close his country has come, in the two decades since its first free elections, to the “cherished ideal” of democracy envisaged by President Mandela and those, like Mr Mbeki’s father, who were jailed for life alongside him.

Moeletsi Mbeki is the author of Architects of Poverty: Why African Capitalism Needs Changing. He recently edited Advocates for Change: How to Overcome Africa’s Challenges. Both books have been translated into Chinese. He is Deputy Chairman of the South African Institute for International Affairs.

This event is associated with the exhibition South Africa’s Democracy — Mandela’s “Cherished Ideal”

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSESA

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required.


Financing Africa’s future: infrastructure, investment and opportunity

International Growth Centre public lecture

Date: Tuesday 23 September 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Donald Kaberuka
Discussant: Professor Sir Paul Collier
Chair: Dr Jonathan Leape

Low investment in infrastructure is a critical constraint on economic growth in Africa. Dr Kaberuka will assess the challenges and offer his views on the way forward.

Donald Kaberuka (@DonaldKaberuka) is the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Paul Collier is a director of the International Growth Centre (IGC), professor of economics and public policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and co-director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies also at Oxford University.

Jonathan Leape is Associate Professor of Economics at LSE and Executive Director of the International Growth Centre.

This public lecture is part of Growth Week 2014 which takes place at LSE from 23-25 September organised by the International Growth Centre. There will be two further public events, one of the evening of 24 September (Ten Facts about Energy and Growth), the other on the evening of 25 September (Growth, Policy and Institutions: lessons from the Indian experience).

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #GrowthWeek

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required.


Formality Bias: the habits holding Africa back

LSE public lecture

Date: Friday 26 September 2014
Time: 1-2pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dayo Olopade

Dayo Olopade, Nigerian-American journalist and author, will expose the global pretensions that have stymied African development, and explore the ingenious workarounds that are driving regional progress. Olopade will share case studies in innovation, drawn from her reporting across 17 African countries—moving beyond the dire headlines and toward a realistic, constructive assessment of modern Africa.

Dayo Olopade (@madayo) is the author of The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making change in Modern Africa.

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Human Rights Diplomacy: inside the United Nations

Centre for the Study of Human Rights public lecture

Date: Thursday 2 October 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Ibrahim Salama
Chair: Dr Margot Salomon

What is human rights diplomacy? How does the link among codification, advocacy and implementation of human rights norms really play out?

Ibrahim Salama (@UNrightswire) is director of the Human Rights Treaties Division in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Margot Salomon is Acting Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights.

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Improving Basic Services for the Bottom Forty Percent: lessons from Ethiopia

Department of International Development public discussion

Date: Wednesday 8 October 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Qaiser Khan
Discussants: Marta Foresti, Peter Hawkins, Dr Andy Norton
Chair: Professor Jean-Paul Faguet

Dr Qaiser Khan will be joined by a panel to discuss Improving Basic Services for the Bottom Forty Percent: Lessons from Ethiopia, which examines Ethiopia’s model in delivering basic services and why it appears to be succeeding.

Qaiser Khan is a lead economist and program leader at the World Bank and the co-author of Improving Basic Services for the Bottom Forty Percent: Lessons from Ethiopia.

Marta Foresti is Director of Politics and Governance Programme at the ODI.

Peter Hawkins is Head of Profession for Programme Management at DFID.

Andy Norton is Director for Research at the ODI.

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Women in Public Life: above the parapet

Institute of Public Affairs public lecture

Date: Wednesday 15 October 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Dr Joyce Banda

Joyce Banda will reflect on her journey to the highest level of public life. This event launches a new Institute of Public Affairs project exploring the roads taken by women who shape public life.

Joyce Banda was the first female President of Malawi (2012 – 2014) and only the second woman to lead a country in Africa.

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Art & Activism: reflections on the anti-apartheid struggle & two decades of South African democracy

2014 Steve Biko Memorial Lecture

Date: Thursday 23 October 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela has long spoken out about South Africa’s struggle for civil rights. His talk will be about arts & activism, reflecting on the role that he and other artists, particularly those in exile, played in the anti-apartheid movement.

Hugh Masekela is a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice. With a career that spans over 5 decades, Masekela remains a driving cultural force at home and abroad, as well as an advocate for justice and equality globally.

The Steve Biko Memorial Lecture, Europe, a partnership between LSE and the Steve Biko Foundation, is a platform for African thought leaders, policy makers and activists and  to reflect on  the past, present and future of Africa.

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3 Responses to Events

  1. Elise Nalbandian LLB (LSE, 2005) LLM (SOAS, 2006) says:

    It is wonderful to see that LSE is now engaging with Africa and I was happy to see there is an Africa at LSE set of events, activities and website. When I was a student there was no website for African events and as an African student this was why SOAS turned out to be a more Attractive post graduate institution to do my Masters.

    I would like to offer my assistance to the LSE in any way possible as an alumnus who now lives and works in Ethiopia…please let me know how we can engage in the process to make the initiative a success.

  2. MCheto says:

    Just to echo what Elise said above, it is really nice to see LSE engaging in African issues. You will be pleased to know that there are lots of LSE alumni (myself included) who are engaged either in business, policy, politics, etc in Africa and we would all like to offer our support in any way we can. Might I suggest that you create a mailing list where people can sign up to receive information on forthcoming seminars?

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