Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa

The Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa (FLIA) focuses on engagement with Africa through cutting-edge r

The LSE has had a long relationship with the African continent that goes right back to the founding of the School in 1895. Building on these past connections and the research focus of over 100 scholars at LSE, the School is foregrounding its work on Africa and with Africans as one of its main priorities for the future. This is reflected in the student-led LSE Africa Summit, which attracted hundred

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Credible elections are needed to avert future coups 13/03/2024

Concerns about the credibility of electoral processes undermine the legitimacy of democratic governments and heighten the risk of coups, fostering citizen sympathy for military juntas, write Olajumoke (Jumo) Ayandele, Ph.D. and Afolabi Adekaiyaoja.

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Credible elections are needed to avert future coups Concerns about the credibility of electoral processes undermine the legitimacy of democratic governments and heighten the risk of coups

12/03/2024

As part of the "Highlighting African Initiatives", today, we're featuring the incredible work of Talking Drums, by Yaa O.

Talking Drums is a sustainability-focused Africa travel company and marketplace.

We are the foremost Africa travel company, curating group and private trips across Africa, connecting like-minded travellers

and promoting positive impact in travel.

With a focus on environmental and social awareness, rich and diverse cultural immersion, and contribution to economic empowerment,

Talking Drums will inspire you to 'leave nothing but footprints, get off the beaten track, and support local businesses'.

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South Africa may have to choose between African solidarity and support for Western Sahara 08/03/2024

In January 2023, South Africa failed to secure the African vote for leadership of the UN's Human Rights Council. The country would normally expect to win the bloc vote without breaking a diplomatic sweat. The sticking point appears to be South Africa’s support for Western Sahara.

South Africa’s ruling party has a long-standing commitment to supporting the independence of Western Sahara. But as Candice Moore writes, that may be starting to conflict with its other stated foreign policy goals

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South Africa may have to choose between African solidarity and support for Western Sahara South Africa's ruling party has a long-standing commitment to supporting the independence of Western Sahara.

Francophone Africa can benefit from geopolitical competition 06/03/2024

Countries across the world are jostling for influence in Africa, particularly in Francophone Africa where post-colonial structures are coming under increased criticism. Africans can use this to their advantage and play competing countries off against each other to secure their own long-term objectives and interests, writes Etienne Lock.

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Francophone Africa can benefit from geopolitical competition Countries across Francophone Africa can use the geopolitical competition for influence in the region to their advantage and earn themselves a better deal

From pariah to protector? South Africa, genocide, and the world court | Africa at LSE 05/03/2024

South Africa’s case against Israel at the International Court of Justice belies its recent history of ignoring international law, writes Imogen Saunders. But the case could have long term consequences for how international justice operates.

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From pariah to protector? South Africa, genocide, and the world court | Africa at LSE South Africa's case against Israel at the International Court of Justice belies its recent history of ignoring international law

01/03/2024

As part of the "Highlighting African Initiatives", today, we're featuring the incredible work of Dear Young Afrikan Podcast, by Nana Fredua Agyeman.

The podcast is dedicated to empowering and inspiring the next generation of African leaders and change-makers. In each episode, they explore topics that matter most to young Africans today so whether you're all about hustling in entrepreneurship, levelling up in personal growth, or fighting for change in your community, consider this your go-to podcast. This is 'Dear Young Afrikan'—where inspiration meets action.

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Adhemar Ferreira da Silva: from Olympic legend to Brazilian diplomat in Africa 01/03/2024

A two-time Olympic gold medallist and five-time world record breaker, Brazilian triple jumper served as the country’s cultural attaché in Nigeria, from 1964 to 1967, and was one of the first black men to hold a diplomatic position for Brazil, write Felipe Honorato and Guilherme Silva Pires de Freitas.

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Adhemar Ferreira da Silva: from Olympic legend to Brazilian diplomat in Africa A two-time Olympic gold medallist and five-time world record breaker, Brazilian triple jumper Adhemar Ferreira was the country's cultural attaché in Nigeria

01/03/2024

Dr Nicholas Addae Mensah, a doctor and youth-health campaigner from the West African nation of Ghana.

Born to a hardworking single mother, Dr. Nicholas grew up facing serious financial difficulties that almost scuttled his dreams of becoming a doctor. But against the odds, Nicholas made it through medical school, and today, beyond being a doctor, he has also dedicated himself to helping educate young people about teenage pregnancy, STDs, depression, and other youth-related health issues.

Find out how he's doing this by listening to his incredible story on the Climb podcast ⬇
https://open.spotify.com/episode/5SOWsP4Ym4rYasZuYr30GY?si=_5UN9WKkSSauBvkAmOq6pQ

29/02/2024

📢 Apply for the CPAID Course, two free eight-week courses on public authority and its application to early- and mid-career scholars, humanitarian, and development professionals.

The two courses will begin on 2-3 April in Juba, South Sudan and on 8-9 April at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

These introductory days will be held in person before the course moves online for seven weekly sessions.

Deadline for applications 13 March!

Read more and apply ⬇
https://www.lse.ac.uk/africa/centre-for-public-authority-and-international-development/CPAID-course

23/02/2024

As part of the "Highlighting African Initiatives", today, we're featuring the incredible work of MindIT.

They are a mental health service that leverages innovative tools and mobile technology to provide free mental health screening for Ghanaians and facilitate the provision of free/affordable care for them under the NHIS.

Learn more about their mission and impact ⬇

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Donkeys are unsung heroes in Ethiopia’s humanitarian crisis – and they could do even more with better support 23/02/2024

Conflict and drought in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia have triggered a humanitarian crisis. The Ethiopian government says 16 million people across the country are facing , with almost half of those suffering emergency or severe levels of .

In Ethiopia, donkeys are unrecognised humanitarian workers who provide vital support through their labour to ensure the survival of people, especially vulnerable women and children, writes Martha Geiger for The Conversation UK.

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Donkeys are unsung heroes in Ethiopia’s humanitarian crisis – and they could do even more with better support In Ethiopia, donkeys are unrecognised humanitarian workers who provide vital support through their labour to ensure the survival of people, especially vulnerable women and children

Liberia’s new president faces challenges from within his administration to deliver post-conflict justice 22/02/2024

Liberia’s newly-elected president Joseph Boakai, who came to power in a coalition arrangement with the party of ex-warlord Prince Johnson, faces a daunting challenge in delivering post-conflict justice and establishing trust and credibility in the regime, writes Thomas Singbeh.

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Liberia’s new president faces challenges from within his administration to deliver post-conflict justice Liberia's newly-elected president Joseph Boakai, who came to power in a coalition arrangement with the party of ex-warlord Prince Johnson, faces a daunting challenge

How to move towards safer and more sustainable mobility in Africa 21/02/2024

African countries receive more used vehicles than anywhere else in the world. This poses significant concerns about the safety and sustainability of the vehicles on African roads.

Oluleke Babayomi, highlights the necessity and opportunities for affordable light-duty to close the for the disadvantaged in the region.

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How to move towards safer and more sustainable mobility in Africa African countries receive more used vehicles than anywhere else in the world. This poses significant concerns about the safety and sustainability of the vehicles on African roads

The similarities between Palestine and apartheid South Africa are stark 13/02/2024

South Africa’s history of apartheid gives it a unique perspective of and commitment to solidarity with those who are living under similar conditions.

South Africa’s case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is an important moment for as well as , writes Mandlakhe J. Radebe

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The similarities between Palestine and apartheid South Africa are stark South Africa's history of apartheid gives it a unique perspective of and commitment to solidarity with those who are living under similar conditions

Blended finance and Public Private Partnerships can provide affordable housing in Africa 12/02/2024

Millions of people across Africa lack a safe and secure home, a fundamental human right essential for well-being and dignity.

According to the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance, the continent faces a massive housing deficit of over 51 million units, creating hardship and vulnerability for individuals, families, and communities.

Hence, and Partnerships are powerful tools for unlocking affordable housing and empowering communities in Africa, writes Ebrima Faal.

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Blended finance and Public Private Partnerships can provide affordable housing in Africa Blended finance and Public Private Partnerships are powerful tools for unlocking affordable housing and empowering communities in Africa

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📢Exciting News! As part of our ongoing commitment to amplifying African voices and fostering positive change across the continent, we're thrilled to launch the new initiative "Highlighting African Initiatives".

Are you or someone you know leading a project in environmental conservation, culture, education, or another impactful field? We want to hear from you! 🌿🎓 Join us as we shine a spotlight on diverse and inspiring projects that celebrate Africa's rich landscape of innovation and progress.

We encourage submissions in the following categories:

🎙️ Podcasts: Share engaging discussions and stories that highlight African perspectives.
🌍 NGOs: Non-profit organisations actively addressing societal challenges
🎥 Documentaries: Stories that inspire and inform, shedding light on Africa's untold narratives.
📚 Magazines: Publications showcasing African innovation, culture, and progress.
💡 Initiatives: Grassroots efforts that contribute to positive change on a local or regional level.
📖 Books and Research: Literature and research exploring critical issues facing the continent.

Submit your suggestions via email today at 📧 [email protected]

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, so don't miss out on this opportunity to gain multi-platform visibility!

Re-imagining and repositioning the lived experience of children seen as outsiders in Kenya - Elizabeth Ngutuku, 2024 05/02/2024

Read the new paper by Dr. Elizabeth Ngutuku which explores the contested identity and belonging for outsider-children in Kenya.

She explores the experience of children born out of marriage, those from other unions, the emergent insider-outsider child and children labouring to belong. Locating this experience in a relatively protective customary and legal regime, the context of poverty and the local imaginaries of belonging reveals the complexities that animate children’s lives.

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Re-imagining and repositioning the lived experience of children seen as outsiders in Kenya - Elizabeth Ngutuku, 2024 This paper explores the contested identity and belonging for outsider-children in Kenya. I explore the experience of children born out of marriage, those from o...

Ethiopia’s industrial parks leave workers to the fate of global shocks 05/02/2024

Industrial parks play a significant role in export growth, employment and structural transformation. However, due to the global shocks induced disruptions, the worker’s corporeal experiences and voices are largely unheard, writes Robel Mulat.

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Ethiopia’s industrial parks leave workers to the fate of global shocks Industrial parks play a significant role in export growth, employment and structural transformation. However worker's voices are largely unheard

Policies that can be enacted today will improve Africa’s health 02/02/2024

Healthcare provision is vital for Africa’s well-being and economic development. Despite the challenges the continent faces in this regard, there are policy measures that governments can take that will ensure the health of their populations, writes Toluwalola Kasali.

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Policies that can be enacted today will improve Africa’s health Despite the challenges the continent faces in this regard, there are policy measures that governments can take that will ensure the health of their populations

In 2024, Lord Cameron should end Britain’s last African colony 01/02/2024

Despite the passing of time and widespread international pressure, Britain continues to hold onto its last African colony – the . In 2024 it is time to return sovereignty to Mauritius, writes Peter Harris Associate Professor of Political Science at Colorado State University

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In 2024, Lord Cameron should end Britain’s last African colony Britain continues to hold onto its last African colony – the Chagos Islands. In 2024 it is time to return sovereignty to Mauritius

25/01/2024

Uma, a young Nigerian software engineer at Microsoft, harboured a childhood fascination with aeroplanes and aspired to become an aeronautical engineer.

However, during his pursuit of a degree in aeronautical engineering, an unexpected event altered the course of Uma's life and career, sending him on a career-defining journey.

Listen to his story ⬇️ https://open.spotify.com/episode/6SaqLl2iRHLNNnWRhIftnv?si=af1jCY3ASWOjNcLPGAd9Yw

Can the Sudan Armed Forces save themselves from themselves? 25/01/2024

The once mighty Sudan Armed Forces have made a series of military and political errors that have increased the possibility of their disintegration and of the collapse of the Sudanese state, writes Harry Verhoeven, Professor at Columbia University.

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Can the Sudan Armed Forces save themselves from themselves? The once mighty Sudan Armed Forces have been made a series of military and political errors that have made increased the possibly of their disintegration and of the collapse of the Sudanese state

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The LSE has a long relationship with the African continent which goes right back to the founding of the School in 1895.

Building on these past connections, LSE has made a long-term commitment to place Africa at the heart of understandings and debates about global issues, and now has over 100 scholars working on the continent. Today, the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa brings together the various strands of work on the continent to promote independent academic research and teaching, open and issue-oriented debate and evidence-based policy making.

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa is focussed on engagement as much as scholarly output, running a public events programme, the Africa at LSE blog, collaboration with education institutions on the continent and leadership development initiatives for African students. This is reflected in the student-led LSE Africa Summit, which attracted hundreds of attendees each year as well as Heads of States, as well as the providing scholarships, academic fellowships and policy advice to African governments through the LSE International Growth Centre.

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa links together these activities and will become a focus for strengthening all aspects of LSE's engagement with the continent.

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