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By Fiona Mungai (PfAL4, Kenya) and Yusuf Kiranda (PfAL4, Uganda)
The recent collapse of the International Criminal Court (ICC) case against Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta does not come as a surprise. The turn of events was perhaps expected owing to the incessant failure of the Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, to gather crucial evidence against the President. Uhuru Kenyatta faced charges of crimes against humanity after a wave of violence erupted following the 2008 elections. Besides this development setting precedence as the first trial to challenge the pertinence of the international courts in delivering justice to Africa, it raises fundamental questions regarding the future of the ICC.
Economic growth in most African countries is on a positive trajectory, and the global perception of the continent has evolved to that of sheer optimism. The civil wars and conflicts that marred the continent have significantly declined. Concurrently, economic management is becoming prudent, a middle class is emerging, and social indicators are rapidly improving. No wonder the United Nations hailed the continent as a potential global growth pole. Other sentiments such as “Africa is rising” or “Lions on the move” are not hard to come by. While this turnaround solicits some degree of accolade, the key challenge is to ensure that this growth is sustainable, inclusive and translates into equitable improved standards of living.
On 31 October, nine PfAL4 scholars headed towards Cumberland Lodge with more than 30 of their classmates for the annual MSc Development Management Cumberland Lodge trip. Genevieve Imbali (PfAL4, Kenya) co-wrote an article recapping the event in LSE’s International Development blog, which can be accessed here.
For many, the choice to go to Sierra Leone for a job working on the Ebola response would be very difficult. But for Helen Mayelle, it was an opportunity to come to the aid of people who were in need. She recently wrote about her first week working with Save the Children in Sierra Leone for LSE’s International Development blog, found here.
Written by Fiona Imbali, 2013-14, MSc Development Management
Since arriving in bustling Heathrow Airport, I’ve been through one academic term, read through hundreds of pages of reading assignments and submitted three essays. Michaelmas Term has flown by, but the thought of Cumberland Lodge, the 17th century house to which a group of Development Management students visited in November, still kindles splendid memories.
The fighting that broke out in South Sudan this past December sparked much discussion among 2013-14 PfAL scholars. To bring the situation into the spotlight, our scholars organised a series of talks, hosted by LSE’s Department of International Development (ID) and supported by PfAL, focusing on the reasons for South Sudan’s current situation and what its future holds.
The series kicked off on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the Wolfson Theatre on LSE’s campus with “What went wrong and what can be done about it? A South Sudanese perspective for post-war state building in South Sudan.” The audience filled the entire theatre for talks by Foreign Minister of South Sudan Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin and Dr. Edward Thomas of the Rift Valley Institute for the public. Continue reading →
On Wednesday 23 October 2013, the PfAL cohort received a special visit from Firoz Lalji as they were adjusting to life in London and at LSE. Their workload was demanding, but lectures and readings were deepening their knowledge and understanding about development issues at a rapid pace. Only a few weeks into the first term, they were ready to share with Lalji how the program was already empowering them to become stronger, more effective leaders
September 2013 heralds the beginning of a new chapter in the development of PfAL. Having begun life as a three-week intensive education program, PfAL has now grown to incorporate a demanding LSE Master’s degree as part of a transition to a full-length (12-month) scholarship program.
At the end of September, 26 participants from across Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda will arrive in London to begin what promises to be a challenging and exciting year. Students will study either the MSc Development Management or the MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies (IDHE) as the core part of their program. In addition, a bespoke weekly seminar series focused on leadership issues and global debates will run concurrently across the first two terms. Continue reading →
The success of the pilot program in March 2012 ensured a very high level of demand for places on the September 2012 program. Inevitably only a small percentage of applicants were successful; however, the level of interest and quality of applications resulted in the cohort doubling in size from 18 in March to 36 participants in September.
The second session took place between September 3-21, 2012, and welcomed leader-participants from 17 countries: Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Once again, the group of leaders came from a cross-section of African society, with the private and public sectors represented along with civil society and the media. Continue reading →