Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

UK Africa Policy, the Prosperity Agenda and the 'Golden Thread': Between Idealism and Pragmatism?

23 March 2015 - 10:00 to 16:00

Chatham House, London


James Duddridge MP, UK Africa Minister
The Rt Hon Mark Simmonds MP, UK Africa Minister (2012-14)
Professor Mthuli Ncube, Professor of Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
Dr Iwa Salami, Senior Lecturer, School of Business and Law, University of East London
Dr Yenkong Ngangjoh Hodu, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Manchester
Marco Jowell, Senior Research Analyst, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2009-11); Doctoral Candidate, School of Oriental and African Studies
Anne McCormick, Corporate Relations Director, Diageo Africa (2010-14)
Chris Mullin, UK Africa Minister (2003-05)
Lord Chidgey, Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Africa
Robin Gwynn, Political and Government Adviser, Lonrho
Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Ann Grant, Non-Executive Director, Tullow Oil
Chair: Professor Graham Harrison, University of Sheffield
Chair: Dame Rosalind Marsden, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House



As the UK approaches elections in May, this high-level roundtable will assess the UK’s Africa policy under the coalition government, with particular reference to the prosperity agenda. Discussions will consider the ambitions and desired outcomes of the prosperity agenda, the UK’s strengths and missed opportunities in its engagements with Africa and the practicalities of articulating and implementing a broader agenda for the continent. Speakers, including former government ministers, and business, academia and other civil society representatives, will discuss a range of issues from the changing context in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK’s response, to challenges to and tensions within the prosperity agenda, and lessons to reflect on as the UK nears elections.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.