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Ebenezer Asiedu, Alumnus of the African Leadership Centre, has been appointed by ECOWAS as Head of Division, Principal Program Officer, Mediation Facilitation. He will lead the implementation of the ECOWAS Vision for the Mediation Facilitation Division; and oversee the Mediation Facilitation Division in line with the provisions of ECOWAS extant Protocols and Decisions, in particular, the 1999 Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Peacekeeping and Regional Security, the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and the 2008 ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework. He will design, develop and lead the implementation of strategies aimed at supporting the coordination and monitoring of mediation efforts by ECOWAS Institutions and Organs, by Member States and non-state actors and by joint initiatives.
The whole of the ALC family is immensely proud of Ebenezer's achievement and new position. We wish him good luck in the role and know he will be a great success.
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ALC is pleased to announce the start of its new PhD Programme at Kings College London, titled PhD Leadership Studies with Reference to Security and Development - http://www.kcl.ac.uk/aboutkings/worldwide/initiatives/global/alc/STUDY/PhD.aspx
We welcome two new PhD candidates on to this programme at Kings, Natalie Herald and Toju Ogbe. They will join Ife Okafor and Barney Walsh, who will transfer on to the ALC programme as they previously fell under the International Development Institute.
This is an important development at the ALC. We have sought to create a PhD Programme that examines the role of leadership at the intersection of security and development. There are also exciting on-going discussions with University of Nairobi and University of Pretoria so as to eventually create the option of a Joint PhD between the institutions.
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This summer King’s welcomed the first two winners of the African Leadership Centre scholarship to London on two summer programmes. Jasper Lubeto and Fraciah Munyua, who both study at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, spent two weeks interacting with students from all over the world.
Jasper came to London in July for three weeks to study Forced Migration and Refugee Law, one of King’s Legal London programmes.
“I chose this programme as I have an interest in international human rights law and public international law. The classes were engaging and so diverse, meaning everyone has a different point of view to put forward,” Jasper said. “It was great being able to discuss the refugee crisis affecting parts of the world at the moment. It’s a real emotive subject and is a topic that’s alive.”
Jasper was nominated for the scholarship by his faculty in Nairobi and is now mentoring fellow students back in Nairobi as well as engaging in research projects related to the programme in London. “I am positive that the multi-jurisdictional exposure and perspectives gained from the programme will be of great help.”
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UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI
INSTITUTE FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
IDS@50 Conference: Call for Papers
Rethinking Development and Development Studies in the Post-2015 Era
Submission of papers extended to: 31st August 2015
The Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi was established in 1965 as part of the then University of East Africa. Since its inception, IDS has carried out research on issues of development concern to Kenya and Africa, collaborating with partners globally to produce knowledge and to influence policy and practice. Several objectives have guided the conduct of research at the IDS: policy relevance, need to generate interdisciplinary knowledge, desire to establish collaborative networks, demand for academic publications and the need to produce teaching materials. IDS invites papers for a conference to mark its 50th Anniversary from November 18th to 21st 2015 at the University of Nairobi. The theme of the conference will be Rethinking Development and Development Studies in the Post-2015 Era.