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Stephen Ellis Annual Lecture by Henrietta Moore: What is prosperity for Africa?

Thursday 6 December 2018
Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room 1A20 (first floor)

The Stephen Ellis Annual Lecture 2018 will be given by Prof. Henrietta Moore: 'What is prosperity for Africa?'
Henrietta Moore is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity and the Chair in Culture Philosophy and Design at University College London (UCL).

Africa is the continent that has been most bedevilled by development plans and policies. Rising GDP in recent years has not led to better quality of life for most residents, and the challenges of demographics, climate change and disease seem as intractable as ever. What is the future for Africa in the 21st century? African governments, policy makers, activists and citizens have mapped out their own visions and priorities, but how can these pathways to prosperity be realised? This lecture discusses the challenges and constraints Africa faces, but also the forms of innovation and public purpose that provide a blueprint for the future. Professor Henrietta Moore argues that the first step towards prosperity is to recognise the disabling effects of our current thinking about the economic models underpinning theories of development and change.

The Stephen Ellis Annual Lecture is organized in honour of the late Professor Stephen Ellis, former researcher of the African Studies Centre Leiden, who died in 2015. Prof. Gerrie ter Haar, Stephen Ellis’ widow, will be guest of honour. On the occasion of the 2018 Lecture, a new edition of the Stephen Ellis Bibliography, compiled by Jos Damen, head ASCL Library, will be launched.

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