Global Development Institute Blog

On 17th October we held a day-long symposium to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 5th Pan-African Congress which was held in Manchester. Organised by our Africa Research Group, the event brought together researchers to discuss 75 Years after the 5th Pan-African Congress: Decolonising Africa’s Development Agenda’. You can catch up with the presentations and panels below.

The 1945 Pan-African Congress was held in Manchester and brought together intellectuals and activists such as W.E.B Du Bois, Kwame Nkrumah, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Jomo Kenyatta. The Congress was a springboard for these key figures in connecting with each other and developing new national strategies towards hastening decolonisation.

Africa: 75 years after the Manchester Pan-African Congress – HE Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, African Union

Challenges of Africa’s Economies and Prospects for post Covid-19 Recovery – Dr Samuel Maimbo, World Bank

De-colonising Africa’s Development: The Challenge – Prof Aminu Mamman, The University of Manchester, Sally Ncube, Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe, Prof Paul Mativenga, The University of Manchester

Citizens Driving Africa’s Development – Prof Diana Mitlin, The University of Manchester

Major Limb loss in Uganda and research in Kenya on Covid-19 prevention – Prof Mahesh Nirmalan, The University of Manchester