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Africa-Western Collaboration Day

Host: The Africa Institute, Western International, Western Heads East, and African community organizations 
Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: International & Graduate Affairs Building (IGAB) Atrium

Join Western faculty, staff and students in celebrating African connections and collaborations. The event will include a presentation featuring Keynote Speaker, Morten Jerven, Professor in Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, as well as faculty presentations, student posters, music, entertainment, refreshments and more. The McIntosh Gallery will also be providing a display of its African artifacts and art pieces during the event.

The event will feature booths from a number of Western and community organizations such as Western Heads East, Women’s Advocacy Network, Global Health Systems Program, African Canadian Federation of London & Area, African Students Association, and a local chapter of the Stephen Lewis Foundation – Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. The Western Bookstore has partnered with Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign to have the book “Powered by Love: A Grandmother’s Movement to End AIDS in Africa” available at Africa-Western Collaboration Day for purchase. The book recently launched on October 10, 2017. Other booths may also have items for sale (cash only).

We are excited to invite you to this community event to celebrate Western and London’s collaborations within Africa!

Keynote Presentation

Africa. Why Economists Get It Wrong
For the first time in generations, Africa is spoken of these days with enthusiastic hope: no longer seen as a hopeless morass of poverty, the continent instead is described as “Africa Rising,” a land of enormous economic potential that is just beginning to be tapped. With Africa: Why Economists Get It Wrong, Morten Jerven offers a bracing corrective. Neither story, he shows, is accurate. In truth, most African economies have been growing rapidly since the 1990s—and, until a collapse in the ’70s and ’80s, they had been growing reliably for decades. Puncturing weak analysis that relies too much on those two lost decades, Jerven redraws our picture of Africa’s past, present, and potential.

Morten Jerven, keynote speakerAbout the Speaker
Morten Jerven has a Ph.D. in Economic History from the London School of Economics, and is the author of the book Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do About It (Cornell University Press, 2013). He has since published a more detailed study of what happened to the economic growth evidence in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia from 1965 to 1995 with Oxford University Press.

He has also edited two volumes with Routledge: Measuring African Development: Past and Present and Statistical Tragedy in Africa?: Evaluating the Database for African Economic Development. He is currently Professor in Development Studies at Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Visiting Professor in Economic History at Lund University.




We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following partners for Africa-Western Collaboration Day: