School of oriental and african studies (soas)
march 15th and 16th 2019
The 2019 Forum explores ‘Insecurity’ as a condition associated with Africa. A series of political failures, conflicts, famines, and tensions between state and civil society, has proliferated the idea of Africa as a 'Hopeless Continent'. But what is insecurity, who defines it and how should it be explored? Asking these questions provided the template for the 2019 SOAS African Development Forum.
Human security is not solely dependent on the elimination of threats to national sovereignty, but also on the elimination of wider vulnerabilities prevalent across the continent: unemployment, human rights, healthcare, drought and food insecurity are equally important to African development.
The SOAS African development Forum has curated a conference that brings together prominent figures from the continent and the diaspora in order to foster debate on issues surrounding African development.