Africa-UK Connections in Practice - New Approaches for 2015 is an event that Nikki Fishman and I are organising in London in collaboration with Impact Hub Westminster, Dadamac Foundation, Fantsuam Foundation, the RSA UK-Africa Network, and GlobalNet21
Our theme is that UK-Africa collaborations are changing. Now that we live in a connected world, traditional top-down ways of doing things are outdated. Effective two-way communication at a distance is increasingly possible, and that can mean collaborative problem solving.
This blog on It's time to end this development disconnect explains more about the thinking behind the event. This forum is for anyone who is interested in the topic. There is no need to have been at the event.
Our "reality check" will be led by John Dada of Fantsuam Foundation, an integrated community development project in Nigeria. He has also been trailblazing Internet provision in rural West Africa for many years, with Fantsuam Foundation - as he explains in this Dadamac Foundation video.
Our keynote speaker is Professor Tim Unwin - Secretary General (formerly Chief Executive Officer) of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), Emeritus Professor of Geography and UNESCO Chair in ICT4D at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Looking at international development from an empowerment perspective, we are going to consider how successful collaborative projects linking UK and English-speaking, sub-Saharan Africa can grow and be replicated.
Part of the plan for ongoing involvement and discussion around the event is to provide this space in the Kabissa Forum.
Were you at the event? Did you miss it, but you would have liked to join us? Your comments are welcome