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Conference | Africa: 50 years of independence

Geneva, 6 May 2010


Launch of the International Development Policy Series Event: Conference Thursday 6 May – 14:00-20:00, Room S1, Barton Site The Graduate Institute | Geneva – Campus map

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14 :00 – 15:30

African economic development and colonial legacies

Gareth Austin, Reader in economic history, London School of Economics (LSE)

Hilary Nwokeabia, United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

16 :00 – 17:30

Africa and international cooperation

The Swiss-African relationship

Marc Perrenoud, historian, Scientific adviser for the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (

French and British ODA

François Pacquement, History and Heritage Policy Officer at the Agence française de développement (AFD)

 18:00 – 20:00

Future perspectives

Jean-François Bayart, Senior Research Fellow, CNRS

Mahaman Sanoussi Tidjani Alou, Laboratoire d'études et de recherches sur les dynamiques sociales et le développement local, Niger (LASDEL)

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