Panel Talks & Workshops
Africa in 2021: COVID-19, Climate and Democracy
- 6:00 pm
27 January 2021
In 2020, Africa avoided the worst of COVID-19, thanks in part to quick government action and strong community health systems. Broad-based social movements like #EndSARS in Nigeria and pro-democracy campaigners in Malawi provided inspiring lessons for their international counterparts. And African writers, musicians, and innovators continued to assert themselves on the global stage.
At the same time however, Africa faced a number of challenges which will need to be tackled in 2021. The global economic fallout from the pandemic is set to hit hard, including through escalating debt problems. The threats to democratic progress from terrorism and authoritarian governments will continue. And as the climate crisis deepens, African countries will have to battle to be heard globally once again at the COP 26 conference in Glasgow.
‘Africa in 2021’ will explore how African countries will handle the pandemic and its economic impact, how people are mobilising to change their political systems, how societies can respond to the climate crisis, and what creatives might have in store for the coming year.
Join us for the Royal African Society’s flagship event, delivered in partnership with the British Council and the Centre for African Studies, University of Edinburgh, to discuss and debate what 2021 holds in store for the continent.
Header image: Flickr, World Bank Photo Collection
Dates & times
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | 27 January 2021