On January 21st, the Dialogue of Civilisations will be joined by Oby Ezekwesili, former Vice President of the World Bank’s Africa division as she delivers an insightful speech as part of our Meet in Mitte Series. Oby is presently the Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy.
Her current work is to develop a greater understanding of the nexus between the quality of politics and the economic progress or decline of nations, with particular focus on Africa. During her Fellowship she has been probing the effect that the poor quality of politics in a country has on governance, sound economic policies, growth and development on Africa and in Nigeria in particular. She will use the findings of her fellowship program to design a structural change agenda for the politics and polity of Nigeria.
Oby will join DOC to discuss the above themes and more, including a specific look at German and looking at what Africa can learn from Germany’s experiences in rebuilding its politics and institutions in the aftermath of WW2.
Following the speech there will be an opportunity for audience Q&A.
Following the event there will be a reception to celebrate the New Year and the upcoming programme of Dialogue of Civilisations.
Please register in advance to confirm your attendance.
Oby Ezekwesili is an economic policy expert and was a candidate for the office of the President of Nigeria in the 2019 elections. Prior to that, she was Vice President of the World Bank’s Africa division and Nigerian Minister of Education. She also co-founded Transparency International as well as the #BringBackOurGirls movement and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018.
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