ESRC awards LSE £5 million for new centre looking at successful models of government in fragile African countries The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has awarded LSE a five-year grant to research governance in fragile, conflict-affected, and impoverished areas in Africa.
Launched on 1 April 2017, the Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID) will be led by Professor Tim Allen and hosted at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa.
During the 1980s and 1990s, the civil war in Somalia led to a large number of Somali immigrants, comprising the majority of the current Somali population in the UK.
The Somali community represents one of the largest Muslim groups in the UK.
Countries included in the research programme are those involved in prolonged conflict, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, South Sudan, but also the now relatively peaceful states of Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Uganda.
The common denominator of the research locations is the informal or semi-formal nature of public authority, or the presence of so-called “twilight institutions” such as those associated with rebel groups, border trade networks, and diverse international actors.
In the run-up to the first world war, the Ediswan Institute became the Ponders End Institute, specialising not only in electrical wiring but in the precision engineering of small arms.
Middlesex County buy the Institute September 1905 Enfield Technical Instruction Committee run classes at four centres in Enfield Urban District September 1906 Enfield Technical Instruction Committee run classes at five centres in Enfield Urban Distirct.
Based at LSE, the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa promotes independent academic research and teaching; open and issue-oriented debate; and evidence-based policy making.
The Centre accomplishes this by connecting different social science disciplines and by working in partnership with Africa bringing African voices to the global debate.
The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa is part of the Institute of Global Affairs at LSE.
While faced with several social challenges, community members include notable sports figures, filmmakers, activists and local politicians.
It has also established business networks and media organisations.