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The lottery of birth and the role of young people in development

DESTIN and LSE Arts panel discussion

The panellists will discuss the role of young people in development and what governments and the development community can do to improve the situation of young people living in a poverty environment.

This discussion will be followed by a drinks reception to mark the launch of The Lottery of Birth - An international exhibition of art by young people.

Zoë Marriage is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London where she teaches on Security and convenes the MSc Violence, Conflict and Development. Zoë has researched extensively in countries affected by conflict in Africa, and her current work investigates the relationship between security and development in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is the author of Not Breaking the Rules, Not Playing the Game. International Assistance to Countries at War (2006, Hurst & co). She is also an LSE alumna, having done both her MSc and PhD with DESTIN.

Espen Berg is the founder and CEO of United Youth Development Organization (UYDO) – a youth-led charity focusing on creating employment opportunities for disadvantaged young people in sub-Saharan Africa through microfinance. Espen has been working with young people for several years; he is a frequent speaker on the issue and currently sits on the Advisory Board for U8 Global Student Partnership for Development – a student network that aims to put focus on youth in development. He has an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics where he focused his thesis on youth and microfinance.

Bremley Lyngdoh has extensive experience working with youth in development. He is the co-founder of the Global Youth Action Network - a youth-led organization that unites the efforts of young people working to improve our world. GYAN is widely recognized: it is affiliated to the United Nations Department of Public Information and holds Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC). Bremley is also an advisor to Taking it Global, an initiative impacting more than 14 million young people since its inception. He has also been a key actor within the Youth Employment Summit and is currently the CEO of Worldview Impact. He holds a Master of International Affairs in Energy & Environmental Policy Studies from the School of International & Public Affairs in Columbia University and MPhil in Development Studies from the London School of Economics & Political Science.


Espen Berg | talks
Zoƫ Marriage | talks
Bremley Lyngdoh | talks
Professor Thandika Mkandawire | talks


Date and Time:

28 April 2010 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



New Theatre
East Building
London School of Economics and Political Science

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This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, email arts@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7852 3793.

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