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Royal African Society event: "Africa in 2015: Prospects & Forecasts"

January 28, 2015

Date & Time: Monday 9 February 2015, 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS University, London WC1H 0XG

Speakers: Razia Khan, Head of Africa Research, Standard Chartered; Patrick Smith, Editor, Africa Confidential; Natznet Tesfay, Head, IHS Africa Country Risk and Touria El Glaoui, Founder, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair


2015 is a significant year for the continent, with nearly a dozen countries holding elections against the backdrop of a rapidly changing economic landscape; the post-Ebola recovery taking place in West Africa; and continuing terrorist threats within and off the borders of Kenya and Nigeria.

2015 also marks the end of the MDGs - which many African countries will not meet - and the beginning of a new development framework, ‘Agenda 2063’, adopted by the continent’s heads of states at the recent AU summit, at which 2015 was also declared the year of ‘Women’s empowerment’.

But will 2015 really be a year of transformation – for African economies, for women and in terms of governance, peace and security? Will we see the end of Ebola?

In light of the socio-political, economic and cultural shifts sweeping the continent, a wave of burgeoning art scenes have also emerged as a creative response, but where can one find these artistic hot spots?

Join our panel of experts to discuss all of the above and more in our annual not-to-be-missed event that sheds light on the key issues facing the continent for the year ahead.

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