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IGP Director Prof Henrietta Moore gives Stephen Ellis Annual lecture: What is prosperity for Africa?

8 October 2018

Founder and Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity, Professor Henrietta L. Moore, will give this year's Stephen Ellis Annual Lecture on the theme: What is prosperity for Africa?

A group of people buying and selling fruit and vegetables at an outdoor market in Africa

On Thursday 6th December, 18:00 - 20:00, Founder and Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity Professor Henrietta L. Moore will give the Stephen Ellis Annual Lecture at the African Studies Centre, Leiden (ASCL). 

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Africa is the continent that has been most bedevilled by development plans and policies. Rising GDP in recent years has not led to better quality of life for most residents, and the challenges of demographics, climate change and disease seem as intractable as ever. What is the future for Africa in the 21st century? African governments, policy makers, activists and citixens have mapped out their own visions and priorities, but how can these pathways to prosperity be realised?

This lecture discusses the challenges and constraints Africa faces, but also the forms of innovation and public purpose that provide a blueprint for the future. Professor Henrietta Moore argues that the first step towards prosperity is to recognise the disabling effects of our current thinking about the economic models underpinning theories of development and change. 


The Stephen Ellis Annual Lecture is organised in honour of the late ASCL colleague who died in 2015. Gerrie ter Haar, Stephen Ellis' widow, will be our guest of honour.