LSE Africa Summit 2017
Africa’s struggle for independence was largely driven by a desire to wean herself off exogenous solutions, ideas, and systems. In keeping with this desire, different political and economic platforms such as the African Union (AU) and various Regional Economic Communities (RECs), were formed to safeguard and promote the interests of Africans. Over the years, however, the dream of building a self-reliant Africa, capable of generating its own ideas and resolving its own challenges, has lost momentum. The continent continues to rely heavily on international development assistance in critical areas, such as health, finance, education, and security.
While Africa has not realized its dream of providing solutions to its problems, some notable progress has been made. A clear example is the impressive prevention of ebola outbreak in Nigeria through mainly local efforts, with minimal international support. The world-renowned microfinancing service, M-pesa, developed by a Kenyan mobile network operator is yet another notable example. The remarkable success recorded in both instances point to the importance of solving African issues with African solutions. In light of this, the 2017 LSE Africa Summit seeks to expand inclusive solutions as a way to reshape Africa’s poor development trajectory. In particular, Built for Africa will explore both outsourced and insourced ideas that are developed with, for and to a large extent, by Africans.
Rethinking africa’s trade policies
Bridging africa’s financing gap
Improving africa’s service economy
Philanthropy and inequality
Isabel Dos Santos
Isabel Dos Santos is an Angolan investor, considered by Forbes to be Africa’s richest woman. She was an engineering student at the King’s College, London, and after graduation, she started her career as a businesswoman by opening one of the first beach restaurants and night clubs in Luanda. Isabel has since become one of the most influential businesswomen of her time. At present, she is the board member of a number of companies in Portugal and Angola.
Mrs. Ibukun Awosika is the founder and CEO of The Chair Centre Group. With high interest in social issues including women, Ibukun is a co-founder and past chairperson of Women in Business, Management, and Public Service (WIMBIZ).
A multiple award-winning entrepreneur, and the First Nigerian recipient of the prestigious International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge Award (IWEC) as a nominee of the US Department of State in 2008.
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