‘African Social Enterprise: Development From Within’ was the theme for the 2015 ADF, held on the 14th March 2015 at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS. The goal of the event was to celebrate the successes of social enterprises in Africa, discuss how various movements are inspiring change trans-regionally and nationally, and to assess the capacity of social enterprise to drive future socioeconomic growth. Speakers included: Debbie Ariyo, Dele Fatunla, Ida Horner, Paul Payne, Mariama Kamara, Alieu Fofanah, Suzy Elneil, Rob Wilson, Nikki Wilson, Paula Woodford, Emily Darko, Paul Asquith.
The 2014 SOAS African Development Forum took place on 15th March at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London. Under the banner of ‘Creative Africa’ the forum focused on the potential of the creative and cultural industries to contribute to development on the continent and assess the challenges and roadblocks standing in the way of creatives. In the run up to the 2014 ADF, two creative professionals in the industry were interviewed about their experiences. This podcast is produced in cooperation with SOAS Radio London.
The second African Development Forum focused on harnessing the potential of youth for the continent’s development. Addressing this context, the Forum consisted of two interactive panel discussions – ‘Mobilizing Youth’ and ’Innovating Africa’. Speakers included Lanre Akinola – Editor of the Financial Times, Yasmin Al Gharbawie – Legal director at Microsoft Egypt, Amina Adewusi – Africa investment analyst, Mariéme Jamme – Co-founder of Africa Gathering, Edward Watkiss – Head of Operations at Farm Africa, Rahma Ahmed – Executive Manager at Somali Relief and Development Forum.
The inaugural African Development Forum (ADF) at SOAS, entitled, “Africa: Driving its Own Growth” aimed to provoke discussion around the recent growth rates seen in some African countries and the implications of this for broader development. The Forum examined the distinctive ways in which information and communications technology (ICT), financial services, agro-production, mining and oil/gas are driving growth in Africa. By bringing together business and policymakers, the forum offered participants access to different approaches to thinking about Africa.