SOAS, University of London, is pleased to announce the 6th annual African Development Forum, hosted by the University’s Centre for African Studies on Saturday, March 18th. 

Founded in 1965, the University of London’s Centre of African Studies is the largest centre of expertise on Africa outside Africa to promote interdisciplinary study, research and discussion on African issues. The conference aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and the general public on the field of African development, to stimulate thought-provoking discussions which challenge the mainstream discourse.


This year’s forum, ‘Energy and Agency: Fuelling Africa’s Development‘ will host a series of panel discussions on Resource Conflicts, Climate Change and Women’s Power. Register here.

Speakers include Tomi Oladipo, BBC Africa’s security correspondent, Padraig Carmody, author of ‘The New Scramble for Africa’, Dame Rosalind Marsden, a career British diplomat including postings as British Ambassador to Sudan and Afghanistan, Yacob Mulugetta, Professor of Energy and Development Policy at UCL and formerly with the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he helped set up the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), Dr Chukwumerije Okereke, Professor at the University of Reading, founding Project Director of the Rwandan National Strategy for Climate and Low Carbon Development project, Betty Makoni, a Zimbabwean gender activist who founded a charity focusing on Zimbabwe’s young sex abuse victims, Rainatou Sow, a Guinean woman who founded ‘Make Every Woman Count’ and many more. To see more on the speakers, have a look at the program.