Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK LeidenRoom 1A20 (first floor)
Africa is the continent that has been most bedevilled by development plans and policies. Rising GDP in recent years has not led to better quality of life for most residents, and the challenges of demographics, climate change and disease seem as intractable as ever. What is the future for Africa in the 21st century? African governments, policy makers, activists and citizens have mapped out their own visions and priorities, but how can these pathways to prosperity be realised? This lecture discusses the challenges and constraints Africa faces, but also the forms of innovation and public purpose that provide a blueprint for the future. Professor Henrietta Moore argues that the first step towards prosperity is to recognise the disabling effects of our current thinking about the economic models underpinning theories of development and change.
The Stephen Ellis Annual Lecture is organized in honour of our late ASCL colleague who died in 2015. Gerrie ter Haar, Stephen Ellis’ widow, will be our guest of honour.
Afterwards, as of 20:00, there will be drinks in the FSW Café (ground floor).