London Event March 19 – Africa In The 21st Century: Change, Challenges and Hope

We are sad to announce that next week’s event: ‘Africa In The 21st Century’, will be cancelled. This decision has been made in order to ensure the health and safety of speakers and attendees relating to COVID-19. We hope to reschedule at a later time. Thank you for understanding, and hope you all stay safe.


Thursday, March 19th, from 06:30 p.m., room 1.60, Franklin-Wilkins Building, King’s College London, Stamford St, SE1 9NH

Often, antiquated stereotypes of a continent trapped in eternal crisis obstructs wide-spread recognition of the substantial developments occurring across certain areas of Africa. The 2019 African Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACfTA) is now seen as a landmark demonstrating increasing intra-African trade, substantial investments in critical infrastructure and socio-economic developments, signalling a new era of hope. At the same time, Africa, continues to face high youth unemployment rates and serious challenges concerning migration, political instability, violence, and climate change. How will Africa’s young and ambitious workforce and their political leaders of today respond to these challenges? Can the prospect of industrial and economic growth be a guarantor for fighting poverty and ensuring peace? How wide-spread will any new prosperity be felt? And above all, will the economy and politics be able to make the 21st century into what many have termed to be Africa’s century?


Dr Flavia Gasbarri – Co-Chair of Africa Research Group and War Studies Teaching Fellow at KCL


Dr Kieran Mitton – Lecturer in International Relations and Co-Chair of Africa Research Group

Dr Sarah Njeri – Research Associate at the African Leadership Centre Former Humanitarian Aid Practitioner at UNDP Somaliland

Dr Althea-Maria Rivas – Lecturer and Programme Conveyor in Humanitarian Action at SOAS

Musa Kpaka – PhD Candidate at LSE, focusing on economics and financial institutions in Sierra Leone


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