We are delighted to announce a day-long symposium on 17th October to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 5th Pan-African Congress which was held in Manchester. Organised by our Africa Research Group, the event will bring together researchers to discuss '75 Years after the 5th Pan-African Congress: Decolonising Africa’s Development Agenda'
The 1945 Pan-African Congress was held in Manchester and brought together intellectuals and activists such as W.E.B Du Bois, Kwame Nkrumah, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Jomo Kenyatta. The Congress was a springboard for these key figures in connecting with each other and developing new national strategies towards hastening decolonisation.
The symposium is inspired by the collegiate and collaborative spirit of the original event and will bring together researchers whose research is focused on Africa. The event will feature panel discussions, lectures from experts and a 3-minute thesis competition.
This symposium is part of a series of events, including conversations with Kwame Anthony Appiah, Lemn Sissay and Afua Hirsch, which will run across the Manchester universities from the 15-18th October.
Programme for the day:
10:00 – 10:05 Welcome remarks and programme outline - Dr Admos Chimhowu
10:05 – 10:15 Opening Remarks and introduction of Guest Speaker HE Dr Amani Abou-Zeid -Prof Khalid Nadvi
10:15 –10:50 Africa: 75 years after the Manchester Pan-African Congress - HE Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, African Union
10:50 – 11:30 Challenges of Africa’s Economies and Prospects for post Covid-19 Recovery- Dr Samuel Maimbo, World Bank Group
11:30 – 12:15 3-minute thesis competition – Varieties of PGR research on Africa
12:30 – 13:15 Panel 1: De-colonising Africa’s Development: The Challenge with Prof Aminu Mamman and Prof Paul Mativenga
13:15-13:45 Citizens Driving Africa’s Development - Prof Diana Mitlin
13:45 – 14:00 Major Limb loss in Uganda and research in Kenya on Covid-19 prevention - Prof Mahesh Nirmalan
14:00 – 14:10 Break
14:10 – 14:55 Panel 2: Politics of Covid-19 in Africa with Kwame Asamoah Kwarteng and Tatenda Zuze
14:55-15:00 Closing Remarks - Dr Admos Chimhowu
Dr Admos Chimhowu is a Senior Lecturer at the Global Development Institute. His research focuses on land reform, sustainable development and national planning. He is Director of Methods North West and Deputy Associate Dean for Post-graduate research for the Faculty of Humanities.
Prof Khalid Nadvi is the Managing Director of the Global Development Institute. His research focuses on issues relating to trade and industrial development. He recently led an ESRC funded large grant study on ‘Rising Powers, Labour Standards and Governance of Global Production’.
Dr Amani Abou-Zeid is currently the African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy, ICT and Tourism. She is an international development expert with more than 30 years’ experience and has a held roles at the United Nations Development Programme and African Development Bank. She has received the Order of Ouissam Alaouite from HM King Mohamed VI of Morocco, been selected as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Africa, identified as a World Young Leader by the European Union, and recently named Commissioner by the prestigious top global influencers group ‘ICT for Sustainable Development’. Amani is an alumna of The University of Manchester having studied for her PhD at the Global Development Institute
Dr Samuel Munzele Maimbo is the Director of the International Development Association (IDA) Resource Mobilization and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) Corporate Finance department at the World Bank. Prior to this, he was Senior Advisor in the Office of the Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer. Samuel studied for his PhD at The University of Manchester.
Prof Aminu Mamman is a Professor of Management and International Development at the Global Development Institute. He is currently leading a project on 'Leading and managing organizations in Africa: A philosophical and practical perspective.’
Prof Paul Mativenga is Chair in Multiscale & Sustainable Manufacturing at The University of Manchester. His research focuses on Manufacturing Technologies with a specific emphasis on South Africa.
Prof Diana Mitlin is Professor of Global Urbanism in the Global Development Institute and also Principal Researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development. She is CEO of the new £32m African Cities Research Consortium.
Prof Mahesh Nirmalan is Professor of Undergraduate Medical Education and Training. He is currently researching major Limb loss in Uganda and Covid-19 prevention in Kenya.
Kwame Asamoah Kwarteng is the first international student to be elected as the General Secretary of The University of Manchester Students' Union. Kwame is an alumnus of the Global Development Institue having studied for an MSc in International Development: Globalisation Trade and Industry.
Tatenda Zuze has an MSc in International Development: Globalisation, Trade and Industry from the Global Development Institute.