Individual Changemakers – Doing Good the Right Way

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Doing Good the Right Way: Presentations on working within international development and the right way to go about it. The sessions will address some of emerging trends on individual engagements in direct action for development in Africa such as Voluntourism and more. The speaker will offer alternatives for getting involved in Development work, from the…



Why black boys continue to kill one another and how to end it.

by Femi Akomolafe

In another episode of what has become a menacing trend in London, on the 20th of January, 2017, a business studies student, Djodjo Nsaka, 19, was found collapsed with a knife wound outside his university halls of residence near Wembley Stadium. He died at the scene. In the summer of 2000, two black juveniles, Danny…



The Gambia: Yahya Jammeh’s exit from power, another step forward for Africa’s democratic maturity?

by Femi Akomolafe

On the 21st of January, 2017, 22 years after he seized power in a coup, The Gambia’s ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, flew out of Gambia into exile. This is no doubt another giant step towards Africa’s political and economic stability. Jammeh had earlier conceded defeat to Adama Barrow, his challenger at the polls following the country’s…



African Import Export Forum

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  • Posted on January 25, 2017

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As part of efforts to promote UK companies’ involvement in the post Brexit International Trade Facilitation drive, National Institute for African Studies is organising a regular exports-imports (EXIM) discussions and presentation forum. Each forum focuses on specific market opportunities in African countries, potential entry points and sector specific success strategies Sessions are led by experts…



Questionable Black History in the British Curriculum

by Femi Akomolafe

By: Femi Akomolafe When the teaching of black history begins with slavery, it ignores the humanity of black people, just as their humanity was denied in the past. The history of Africa taught in British classrooms today centres on slavery, and the humanitarian aid that western countries send to Africa – the typical ‘single story’…



The Burundian Dilemma

by John Wawer

Burundi’s economy is indisputably flailing. What are the root causes, and can the seemingly inevitable decline be prevented? By: John Wawer In 2016, the economic norm across Africa was steady, yet slower than expected GDP growth. Burundi has been bucking that trend and according to latest estimates, was on pace to reduce its overall GDP…



Parents in the driver’s seat: A new research agenda for primary education in Africa

by Milou Vanmulken

By: Milou Vanmulken We have reached an era where the need for Universal Primary Education is widely acknowledged by global actors. As part of this consensus, UNICEF and the World Bank launched the Fee Abolition Initiative in 2006 and Universal Primary Education took root in international organisations, became a child right, and became part and…



Injurious Aid

by Femi Akomolafe

The damaging impacts of the negative portrayal of Africa for humanitarian fundraising By: Femi Akomolafe Advertising misery is central to aid agencies’ fundraising operations. Human misery is their principal fund earner. For years, humanitarian organisations have raised funds for their missions in Africa by broadcasting images of African children and women in state of utter destitution…



Six Questions African Policymakers Must Answer Now

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Originally published 3/14/16 By Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala The “Africa rising” story of the past decade, fuelled by 5 percent average annual growth, is in danger of faltering, due to the impact of global uncertainty, depressed commodity prices, and weakly performing economies like China. Don’t be lulled by the IMF’s 2016 forecast: yes 4 percent growth with…



Cooking Workshop – Jollof Rice

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  • Posted on August 27, 2016

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Join us and you will learn lots of new tips and techniques on how to get that authentic jollof taste. You would also be able to learnabout other nigerian cuisine tips during the networking part of the session.



Funding Models: the key to reviving primary education?

by Milou Vanmulken

  • Posted on August 22, 2016

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  • Education / News

Universal primary education – a legacy of the Millennium Development Goals – has become the norm in many African countries today. More children than ever before are enrolled in primary education. Yet, the worsening experience of pupils should by now have taught us that schooling for all is no guarantee for less income inequality or…



International E-Commerce in Africa

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  • Posted on August 19, 2016

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  • Trade

E-commerce has great potential to become a significant part of the economic activity of countries throughout Africa. Increasing digital literacy and unprecedented new demand are occurring at the same time as breakthrough developments in infrastructure and technology.



Experts weigh Brexit’s implications for Africa

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  • Posted on August 19, 2016

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  • Politics / Trade

Some experts consider that “Brexit” could have adverse impacts on African economies, in terms of the type of preference schemes the UK may grant, knock-on trade and investment impacts of economic slowdown and tumbling British pound, as well as potential changes in EU policies in light of London’s role in the formulation of international development policy…



Britain’s Response to the Migrant Crisis – missed opportunities to promote its humanitarian brand

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  • Posted on August 9, 2016

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  • Politics

Today in Britain, much energy is spent towards debating spending cuts and how overseas development aid should be spent in these difficult times. 0.7% of Britain’s GDP is ring fenced to foreign aid, meaning it may not be subjected to cuts like in other departments. The Department for International Development (DfID) needs to be as…



“If I look like you, I will support you”: Ethnic Minority Graduates Job Market Access in London

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  • Posted on August 2, 2016

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  • Education

“If I look like you, I will support you”. An open Discussion on Job Market Experiences of Ethnic Minority Graduates in London   A small group of UK’s Minority Graduates met recently for a roundtable discussion that was straightforward and suggestive. On September 25, NIAS hosted a roundtable discussion on When Qualifications Aren’t Enough: Job…



Elderly Migrants Demand End To Pension Freeze

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  • Posted on August 2, 2016

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  • News

Campaigners continue fight for changes to policy that leaves African and Caribbean ‘returnees’ out of pocket. SHORTCHANGED: British pensioners in the Caribbean and Africa could be missing out on vital retirement funds.



When Qualifications Aren’t Enough: Job Market Outcomes and Experiences of Britain’s Ethnic Minority Graduates

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  • Posted on August 2, 2016

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  • Education

Life isn’t easy for an ethnic minority graduate in the UK. Each phase along the way, from applying for a place in any university to finding a job and then deciding if it’s financially viable; ethnic minority students are at a clear-cut disadvantage. The disparities are alarming.



Can Africa Move Away From Aid To Trade?

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  • Posted on August 2, 2016

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  • Trade

What should it do to attract more private equity and how can it convert the illicit financial flows to funds for domestic resource mobilization, climate change and conflict resolution – these are pertinent issues which affect the long term development of the African economies.



Charities are ‘too white, too male, too middle class’: Review says diversity in recruitment and promotion should become a priority

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  • Posted on August 1, 2016

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  • Nonprofit

Britain’s charities have an appalling record of recruiting and promoting ethnic minority staff to senior roles, the former head of the NSPCC has warned. This leads to the perpetuation of a white, male, middle-class leadership.