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).
The independent review on The Economics of Biodiversity led by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta has now been delivered to the government. The report underlines our failure to grasp that our economies are “embedded within Nature, and not external to it.” We rely on nature to “provide us with food, water and shelter; regulate our climate and disease; maintain nutrient cycles and oxygen production; and provide us with spiritual fulfilment and opportunities for recreation and recuperation which can enhance our health and well-being.”Read More
On 4 August 2020, a massive explosion at Beirut’s port killed at least 200 people and caused up to $15bn in damage to buildings and infrastructure – including the destruction of the public electricity company building. It was the latest blow for a country battling a 30-year energy crisis and facing chronic shortages as a result of an ageing infrastructure based around fossil fuels.Read More
In 1945, the UK’s welfare state was set up to address the want, need and misery caused by unemployment. Seventy-five years later, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, we had almost full employment in the UK – and yet we still have massive levels of poverty and precarity experienced by people in work.Read More