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SOAS ADF 2019: Insecurity


The 2019 Forum explores ‘Insecurity’ as a condition associated with Africa. A series of political failures, conflicts, famines, and tensions between state and civil society, has proliferated the idea of Africa as a 'Hopeless Continent'. But what is insecurity, who defines it and how should it be explored? Asking these questions provided the template for the 2019 SOAS African Development Forum.


Human security is not solely dependent on the elimination of threats to national sovereignty, but also on the elimination of wider vulnerabilities prevalent across the continent: unemployment, human rights, healthcare, drought and food insecurity are equally important to African development.


The SOAS African development Forum has curated a conference that brings together prominent figures from the continent and the diaspora in order to foster debate on issues surrounding African development.


Location and directions

Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

About SOAS African Development Forum

The SOAS African Development Forum (ADF) is a student-driven platform for championing African development, bringing together leading thinkers in the field to stimulate informed discussion, challenge orthodox narratives, and bridge gaps in understanding between various development stakeholders. Hosted by the University of London’s Centre of African Studies – the largest centre of expertise on Africa outside of the continent – the ADF organises an annual conference on different themes of interest, building on the ideas and expectations of those on the continent, and the contributions of the diaspora. Now in its 7th year, the ADF also runs a recently established blog dedicated to contemporary African affairs, which acts as a permanent space for debate, dialogue and conversation about Africa.