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I am pleased to inform you that our very own and beloved Prof O', aka Funmi has been appointed as Acting Vice President/ Principal (International) of Kings College.
As the ALC we are extremely proud of her achievement on a professional and personal level. This recognition is testament to her continued commitment to developing and shaping young minds and future leaders as well as contributing to thought leadership on peace and security.
It is with great delight that I ask you to join me in celebrating this moment and congratulating Prof O'.
Shuvai Busuman Nyoni
Director | African Leadership Centre
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The African Leadership Centre, Nairobi, Kenya, seeks a Communication and Administrative Intern to serve as an Assistant to the Director as well as a part of the Strategic Communications team. The individual will have dual reporting lines and will split the time between the two portfolios. S/he will be charged with the efficient and effective functioning of the Director’s office as well as providing support towards the implementation of the Centre’s Strategic Communication’s strategy and work plan.
Download the Call for Application here
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The ALC is pleased to announce that our Alumna, Ms. Nox Ntuli, was recently appointed to a new and exciting position at the World Bank Group’s - International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Ms. Ntuli initially took up the position as a Specialist Ombudsman in-charge of Dispute resolution in October 2016.
Ms. Ntuli will for the next three years be based in the Compliance Advisory Ombudsman Unit, in Washington DC, United States.
She will be responsible for ensuring that the IFC complies with its own performance standards regarding social and environmental issues.
In the dispute resolution arm of the unit, Nox Ntuli’s specific role will be to assess and determine whether there is scope through mediation and dialogue in order to help the parties resolve the issues and thereafter provide a mediation process for the parties.
More importantly, this position enables Ms. Ntuli achieve her long held aspiration of becoming an international mediator.
We all, at the ALC, offer our heartfelt congratulations to Ms. Nox Ntuli and wish her all the best in this endeavour.
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How to Fix Nigeria: Tackling Corruption
Date & Time: Friday 9 December 2016, 19:00 - 21:00
Venue: B5 Auditorium, Ground Floor, Franklin-Wilkins Building, King’s College London, 150 Stamford Street, London SE1 9NH
In May 2016, ahead of the London Anti-Corruption Summit, then PM David Cameron was caught on camera calling Nigeria ‘fantastically corrupt’. In response to this diplomatic gaffe, President Muhammadu Buhari granted that Cameron was ‘telling the truth’ based on a perception of Nigeria, but that his interest lay more in the return of stolen assets held in British banks.
From a domestic angle, there have been various major scandals in which several billions of dollars have been stolen at the highest levels. Buhari has embarked on an energetic anti-corruption campaign (some claim selectively) since coming to power in 2015 on a platform of promising to tackle graft.
But as the Panama papers leak highlighted, corruption of this scale has only been made possible by a network of offshore secrecy jurisdictions and tax havens – many of which are overseen by the UK and directly benefit certain British interests. Thanks to this system, Africa is a net creditor to the rest of the world, and Nigeria is no exception.
Who is really ‘fantastically corrupt’? What is being done to tackle corruption both in Nigeria and internationally? Is this era of economic recession and ongoing security challenges the right one for Nigeria to definitively tackle corruption?
Join us for the next edition of the #HowToFixNigeria series, hosted by Funmi Iyanda, Oya Media and the Royal African Society in partnership with the Africa Research Group at King’s College London.
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Kayode Ogundamisi, UK-based Nigerian activist and anti corruption campaigner
Charles Abiodun Alao, Professor of African Studies at King’s College London
Maggie Murphy, Transparency International's Senior Global Advocacy Manager
Ayo Sogunro, Writer, Teacher, Columnist, Lawyer
Chair: Funmi Iyanda
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Eric Blanco Niyitunga successfully completed his doctoral studies on 9th November 2016. His thesis is titled: Exploring the Challenges of the African Union-led Mediation in Peace Processes: The Cases of Burundi, Libya and Zimbabwe. The thesis sheds light on the role of the African Union in Mediation, and the challenges (internal and external) that prevent the AU from owning mediation processes and having autonomy over the outcome. It argues that mediation is ultimately an academic endeavor that requires professionalism, expertise and experience, and should therefore be undertaken by scholars who are academically grounded in the field.
Eric is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Johannesburg where he will continue to work. He is also in the process of establishing an "Institute of Mediation Studies (IMS)" in the Great Lakes Region, particularly in Burundi.