Since its founding in 2014, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) annual two-day conference has established itself as a leading destination for many professionals, students, and corporates in the continent and diaspora alike. By gathering renowned scholars, leading politicians, forward-thinking corporate and entrepreneurial minds together with our population of highly capable and passionate students at the LSE, the Summit provides a unique platform for the sharing of ideas and development of relationships that can be translated into meaningful action. The LSE Africa Summit prides itself on being rooted in present realities, as it takes into account the dynamism and contextual framework on the continent and thus, promotes solutions with an African perspective.
The LSE Africa Summit is excited to present its 7th Annual Africa Summit with the theme The Global Crisis as a Catalyst for Change.
The summit has since passed, but you can view a summary video here.
The theme of the 2021 Africa Summit acknowledges the incredible period of reflection that 2020 has provided. As a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic, this year has forced the world to take stock of where we are, recognise social, economic, and political limitations with a view to stark improvement.
Amidst a traumatic global event, the collective strength of communities has never been more apparent. We see that through the impact of grassroots movements striving towards social justice and the mobilizing of groups on the ground to make fresh demands of decision-makers. This has been supported through solidarity protests led by Africans outside of the continent. Recognizing that perceiving 2021 as the beginning of the new decade is contentious, we have rephrased this completely.
For Africa, this is a moment of reinvigoration. With an engaged and impassioned generation, we have a unique opportunity. The question is, how will we maximize it as we enter the next decade? Put more directly, the question we aim to answer in this 2021 summit is: How will Africans drive positive change in our own societies following the global crisis that is the COVID-19 pandemic?
Elise, Tebian, Nana and Omasan
The LSE Africa Summit is an annual two-day conference that engages policymakers, business leaders and researchers in conversation on solutions to Africa’s most pressing issues.