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'Running While Others Walk': the challenge of African development

LSE African Initiative inaugural lecture

Africa lags behind other developing nations both economically and by other related social indicators. There is widespread feeling in Africa that, in the words of Nyerere, 'Africa must run while others walk'. The lecture will consider the implications of this task on African scholarship.

Thandika Mkandawire is professor of African development at DESTIN. His current research interests include social policy and development, the political economy of economic policy in Africa.

LSE African Initiative

The LSE African Initiative will engage with African institutions and talent to develop connections, encourage accessibility and promote knowledge exchange. This long term collaboration will inspire and support generations of African students and scholars, equipping them to play a part in reframing the discourse and enabling African voices and perspectives to participate in effecting positive change both within the African continent and globally. It is a partnership based in equality and mutual respect.

The initiative's foundation seeks to confront the barriers and inequality that exist for African students and scholars, in terms of both access to educational opportunities outside of the African continent, and exchange and partnerships between African institutions and those elsewhere. It recognises a deeply held belief that the School is uniquely placed to support African peers in creating successive generations of academics, business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, lawyers and social workers who know how to facilitate positive change.

Professor Thandika Mkandawire is the first holder of LSE's first chair in African Development. This new chair has been possible due to the support of the LSE Annual Fund.


Professor Thandika Mkandawire | talks
Chair: Howard Davies | talks


Date and Time:

27 April 2010 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Sheikh Zayed Theatre
New Academic Building
London School of Economics and Political Science

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London School of Economics & Political Science
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