On January 21st, the Dialogue of Civilizations will be joined by Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili, former Vice President of the World Bank’s Africa division as she introduces the #fixpolitics initiative. Oby is presently Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy.
Oby argues that it is the nature of politics and institutions in a country that either accelerate, stagnate or regress the prosperity of a country and its citizens. The impact of poor politics in Africa is well documented. Its slow path to development has led to almost 450 million people on the continent living below the global poverty line. To change these outcomes, the politics of African countries are in need of a structural change.
At this special edition of our Meet in Mitte event series, former Nigerian Presidential candidate Oby, will propose and discuss the #fixpolitics initiative. The initiative promotes a structural change agenda for the politics of African countries. Using her recent research at the Robert Bosch Academy Oby will address the question of how to redefine politics and democracy in African countries to improve their economic development, tackle poverty problems and benefit their citizens.
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 Civilizations.
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.
Oby Ezekwesili is an economic policy expert and senior economic advisor at the Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI) and co-founder of the #BringBackOurGirls movement as well as the #RedCardMovement in Nigeria.