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09:00 - 17:00 12 June 2018

Africa Stories: Changing Perceptions


Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre | Roberts Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed

Speaker information

Nick Dearden, Director Global Justice Now, Global Justice Now, As director, Nick manages the staff team and resources on behalf of Global Justice Now's members. He is also the public face of the organisation. Nick started his career at War on Want where he became a senior campaigner. He went on to be corporates campaign manager at Amnesty International UK. As director of the Jubilee Debt Campaign, he built strong relationships with campaigners in the global south. He helped win a new law to stop Vulture Funds from using UK courts to squeeze huge debt payments out of poor countries. Nick joined Global Justice Now in September 2013.
Simon Anholt, Director, The Good Country, Simon Anholt has worked with numerous Heads of State and Heads of Government, helping their countries to engage more productively and imaginatively with the international community. Simon has published several books about countries and their role in the world. He also produces two major global surveys tracking public perceptions of countries and cities, and is an Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia.
Madeline Hung, Co-Founder, The Good Country, Madeline’s previous work has focused on issues around business and human rights. She is an expert on multi-stakeholder initiatives, and has worked for multiple human rights organizations including Oxfam America and MSI Integrity, both in the United States and in Cameroon, Nigeria, and the Philippines. Madeline graduated with a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard College where she was an Edmond J. Safra Ethics Fellow and also a Humanity In Action Senior Fellow.
Michael Amoah, Dr and Research Associate, SOAS Centre of African Studies, Michael was an Associate of the Africa International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics. He is on the International Advisory Council of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism at the LSE. He obtained his PhD in Politics at Middlesex University where he also lectured. He has also held research appointments at the Institute of Education and The Open University. .
Dorothy Baziwe, Executive Director, Shelter and Settlements Alternatives, Dorothy Baziwe is the Executive Director of Shelter and Settlements Alternatives: Uganda Human Settlements Network. SSA: UHSNET is a network NGO that focuses on lobbying, advocacy, empowerment, research and information sharing to realise a vision and aspiration that every individual has the right to adequate housing. SSA: UHSNET has been successful in influencing the formulation of various urban policies in recent years. With a culture of hospitality, and the generous asylum policies of the government, Uganda is home to nearly 1.5million registered refugees and asylum seekers. Dorothy presents some of the key challenges faced by SSA: UHSNET in identifying, understanding and developing interventions to support refugees in some of the informa
Michael Walls, Senior Lecturer, UCL Development Planning Unit, Michael Walls is a Senior Lecturer at UCL's Development Planning Unit (DPU) and Course Director for the MSc in Development Administration and Planning. He has carried out extensive research into livelihoods and informality in various African cities. For over thirteen years, he has focused on the Somali Horn of Africa, and most particularly on the evolving political settlements in Somaliland and Puntland. As well as undertaking research on state formation and political representation, he has been a part of the coordination team for international election observations to Somaliland elections in 2005, 2010 and 2012 and 2017.
Oscar Mwaanga, Sport for Develoment and Peace, Solent University, Dr Oscar Mwaanga is an associate professor as well as a social entrepreneur and activist internationally renowned for sport for development and peace (SDP). He has focused his work around sport as a tool for health promotion, for example movement games to educate about HIV/AIDS, obesity and poverty. His e-work has targeted marginalised groups in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and the South of England. Oscar is recognised as one of the indigenous leaders of the Sub-Saharan Africa Sport for Development and Peace movement of the last decade especially after founding EduSport Foundation, which is the first Sport for Development Peace organisation in Zambia. He has also pioneered a number of world renowned sport for development peace initiatives inclu
Lilian Schofield, Teaching Fellow, UCL, Lilian Schofield is an associate Teaching Fellow and Graduate Teaching Assistant for the MSc Development Administration and Planning programme at UCL’s Development Planning Unit (DPU). Her research interests, which are very much on the agenda of international development institutions and community-focused NGOs, examines the interactions between development stakeholders and marginalised communities. Through a livelihoods approach, she has explored how local NGOs address the challenges of gendered poverty and climate change. She is currently working on conflict in Northern Nigeria and how it affects space and place.
Nick Amin, Research Student, UCL, Nick Anim is a research student at UCL’s Development Planning Unit (DPU), and an activist in the Transition Towns Movement. His current research interests are focused on the concepts of degrowth, localism/globalism, inclusion and diversity in environmental movements, and the relationship between environmental sustainability and social justice. He has previously carried out extensive place-branding research work with Eyecon communications in various parts of West Africa.
Chibwe Henry, Partnership Manager, Comic Relief, A Partnership Manager for DFID at Comic Relief and founder and former CEO for Diaspora for African Development (DfAD). Her main interest is in the role of NGOs, Civil Society and the African Diaspora in development. She is also an aspiring PhD candidate. Her research focus is currently on understanding Disabled People’s Organisations’ perception of the role of migrant-remittances in enabling access and retention of children with disabilities within inclusive education in Zambia, using post-colonial theory. Chibweʼs presentation draws upon her experience of working within both the mainstream and African Diaspora development space.

Think you know Africa? Think Again.

Climate change, human rights abuses, mass migration, pandemics, economic chaos…the list goes on. All these problems have grown too big and too complex for any individual nation to solve. However, instead of collaborating, nations spend all their energy and resources competing against each other in pursuit of the ‘national interest’. This has to change if we want to make the world work. Come and hear Simon Anholt and Madeline Hung, founders of the Good Country and the Global Vote, discuss how African countries can contribute to a shared global prosperity.


Zarah Bennett
+44 (0) 2031087776 | zarah.bennett@ucl.ac.uk


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