The SOAS African Development Forum (ADF) is a student-driven platform for championing African development, bringing together leading thinkers in the field to stimulate informed discussion, challenge orthodox narratives, and bridge gaps in understanding between various development stakeholders. Hosted by the University of London’s Centre of African Studies – the largest centre of expertise on Africa outside of the continent – the ADF organises an annual conference on different themes of interest, building on the ideas and expectations of those on the continent, and the contributions of the diaspora. Now in its 7th year, the ADF also runs a recently established blog dedicated to contemporary African affairs, which acts as a permanent space for debate, dialogue and conversation about Africa.
The African Development Forum is an excellent platform for debate and reflection on African themes. As a speaker on the “Women’s Power” panel in 2017, I was impressed by the ADF’s ability to gather outstanding panellists from a wide variety of backgrounds, the diverse frames of reference and the insightful exchange of ideas following the panel discussion, thanks to the high calibre of attendees. I wholeheartedly recommend the ADF as a springboard for enlightenment on African topics and a rampart against the perpetuation of age-old myths about Africa.
− SYLVIE ABOA-BRADWELL
Director of the Policy Center for African Peoples
The African Development Forum at SOAS University of London is a unique student-led initiative promoting dialogue on the most critical social, economic and political factors that are triggering, but also preventing, today's structural transformations across the continent. Building on SOAS's critical mass of research and widespread links with key players and institutions, the ADF is a must-go annual event for those interested in understanding today's emerging trends as well as their interaction with the complex and diverse histories of African countries. In my experience as a SOAS economist working in several African countries, ADF struck me for the level of engagement, competences and practical experiences that our SOAS students and the broader community bring to the discussion. An opportunity to exchange, learn and build networks. A chance to start new journeys towards progress for Africa.
− Dr. ANTONIO ANDREONI
Senior Lecturer in Economics, SOAS University of London | Research Director, ACE Anti-Corruption Evidence | Research Consortium Visiting Associate Professor, University of Johannesburg