Tuesday 12th June 2018, 09:00 AM – 5:30 PM @ Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, South Junction, UCL Wilkins Main Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

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.


It is easy to see how notions of ‘dependency syndrome’ and provocations such as ‘s**t hole countries’ might gain traction in the global attention-marketplace to shape (mis)conceptions and discourses about many of the 54 sovereign territories that constitute Africa.

This one day event hosted by UCL Global Engagement Office brings together researchers, development practitioners, NGOs, social movements, and diaspora voices to explore some important knowns, and some unknowns. Many developmental challenges faced by various nations in Africa are symptomatic of a wider, underlying global problem: that we haven’t yet worked out how to organise ourselves as a single species inhabiting a single planet.

Speakers and panellists include:

  • Nick Dearden (Global Justice Now: ʻHow the world profits from Africa’s wealth’)
  • Simon Anholt (The Good Country, Global Vote, Nation Brands Index)
  • Madeline Hung (The Good Country, Multi-Stakeholder Initiative Integrity)
  • Michael Amoah (LSE, SOAS. The New Pan Africanism: Globalism and the Nation State in Africa)
  • Dorothy Baziwe (Shelter and Settlements Alternatives for displaced persons)
  • Michael Walls (UCL, DPU: Representative democracy in Somaliland)
  • Oscar Mwaanga (Solent University: Sport for Development and Peace)
  • Lilian Schofield (UCL, DPU: Unsung Heroines of Kaduna State, Nigeria)
  • Nick Anim (UCL, DPU, Transition Towns Movement. Why We Need Degrowth: Overconsumption, Overproduction, Competitive Identity, Nation Branding: Connecting the dots)


Refreshments and a lunch voucher for the UCL Refectory will be provided.