Great, upcoming events focusing on African and international development

It’s mid-September, which is the start of the event season. As such, there’s no better time to go to development-focused events to sharpen your professional knowledge and meet interesting people from a range of backgrounds. In no particular order, here is our pick of some of the most interesting and useful upcoming events focused on African and international development.

1) African diaspora doing development

Date: Wednesday 20th September

Time: 9.30am-5.30pm

Location: Amnesty International UK, 25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

Cost: Free

Hosted by the Foundation for Women’s Health, Research and Development, this event will allow attendees to learn about diaspora-led innovations impacting African development. Speakers include representatives from FORWARD, the African Technology Business Network, iSPACE, and the African Foundation for Development. An excellent opportunity to network with a range of stakeholders working in African development and learn about the diaspora’s impressive contributions on the continent! Register here for tickets.

2) Trade and Investment in Africa

Date: Monday 25th September

Time: 4-6pm

Location: Eugenie Room, The Grand Brighton Hotel
97-99 Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2FW, United Kingdom

Cost: Free

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union will have important implications for its trading relationships with African countries. Co-hosted by the Overseas Development Institute and Trade Out of Poverty, this event will examine what Brexit means for Africa. It will also explore how the UK can assist its developing nations partners to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth.  Speakers will include Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change; Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy and Chair of the Africa All-Party Parliamentary Group;

Patrick Obath, Managing Consultant, Eduardo Associates, Kenya; and

Maximiliano Mendez-Parra, Senior Research Fellow, ODI. NB. You do not need to register to attend this event – anyone at the Labour Party Conference is welcome to join this discussion. If you have any questions, please contact Hanna Nomm on

3) Fintech in Africa: How to scale impact

Date: Monday 25th September

Time: 6-9pm

Location: London Business School, 26 Sussex Place, Marylebone, London, NW1 4SA

Cost: £24

Over the past two years, Africa’s fintech has experienced astonishing growth, both in terms of start-ups launched and investments. Currently, there are over 300 fintech start-ups operating on the continent. This event hosted by the Royal African Society brings together entrepreneurs and investors to explore fintech in Africa and share their insights on the trends shaping the continent’s digital financial landscape. Speakers will include Anthony Day, Partner, DLA Piper, Dr. Edward George, Country Head, Ecobank UK Representative Office & Head of Group Research, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, and Fope Adelowo, Vice President at Helios Investment Partners LLP. Register here for tickets.

4) Development Debates: Does short-term volunteering do more harm than good?

Date: Wednesday 11th October

Time: 6-8pm

Location: John Snow Lecture Theatre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT

Cost: £5.50

Each year thousands of young people volunteer overseas on short-term development projects, but are they doing more harm than good? Co-hosted by the London International Development Centre and The Guardian Development Network, this debate will examine how short-term volunteering really contributes to sustainable development. Speakers will include Tricia Barnett, Director at Equality in Tourism, Dr. Jim Butcher is Reader in the Geography of Tourism at Canterbury Christ Church University, Alex Kent, International Director of Strategy at Restless Development, and Professor Andrew Jones is Vice President (Research and Enterprise) at City University. Register here for tickets.

5) The problem of education and development in sub-Saharan Africa

Date: Wednesday 8th November

Time: 5.45-7pm

Location: Jeffery Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London


Cost: Free

African governments and donors have traditionally seen investment in education as a key driver of economic development, but this has yet to achieve rapid economic improvement. In this lecture, Professor Moses Oketch, Professor of International Education Policy and Investment at UCL, will examine human capital theory, which stresses education’s central role in enhancing developmental outcomes, and its application in sub-Saharan Africa. Register here for tickets.

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