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Challenges in African governance, leadership & democracy – KAPTalks

Society and economy

In recent times, several African states in the Sahel region have been target for military coups and increasing internal conflicts. Dr Mo Ibrahim will provide an overview of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s groundbreaking activities, in particular the causes and effects of these recent developments.

19 Mar 2024
14:00 - 15:30
SEB-salen, Handelshögskolan, Vasagatan 1, Göteborg

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The project is co-financed by the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme
The project is a joint initiative of the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme and the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg
Dr Mo Ibrahim
Dr Mo Ibrahim

Dr Mo Ibrahim is the Founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation which plays an important role supporting good governance and exceptional leadership on the African continent to the benefit of the quality of life of African citizens. The Foundation focuses on defining, assessing and enhancing governance and leadership through a series of concrete initiatives, such as the establishment of an Index of African Governance and the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

In addition to his work with the foundation, Dr Mo Ibrahim has a long and prestigious business career. He founded the cellular consulting and software provider Mobile Systems International (MSI), the pioneering mobile telephone company Celtel International, and Satya Capital Limited, a private investment firm primarily focused on Africa. He is also Co-founder and Co-chair of the Africa Europe Foundation, launched to reset and bolster Africa-Europe relations.

He has received numerous honorary degrees and fellowships from a range of prestigious academic institutions, as well as multiple noteworthy awards. In 2023, Dr Mo Ibrahim was awarded the honour of the Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) for his services to charity and philanthropy.

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KAPTalks – Kapuscinski Development Lectures

Top global thinkers discuss development in the European Union countries and beyond. The series “Kapuscinski Development Lectures”, named for Ryszard Kapuscinski, a Polish reporter and writer who covered developing countries, is organized jointly by the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme and partner universities and development think-tanks. Over 150 lectures gathered since 2009 over 50,000 participants.


The lecture series offers students from the European Union member states an unprecedented opportunity to learn and discuss about development issues such as climate change, human rights, aid effectiveness, Europe-Africa relations, Sustainable Development Goals among other. The high-level events contribute to the debate and formulation of the European development policy. The lectures are livestreamed at and their content is shared on this website.

Ryszard Kapuscinski

The lectures honor the name of Kapuscinski, a Polish journalist and writer, who died in 2007. Kapuscinski, whose books were translated into many languages, was often named the “Third World Chronicler” or the “Voice of the Poor” for his famous reportages and books describing developing countries on all continents. Among other books, he was famous for: “The Emperor” on Ethiopia, “Shah of Shahs” about Iran, “The Shadow of the Sun” about Africa, “Another Day of Life” about Angola, and “Imperium” about the Soviet Union.

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