Seminar: From State Fragility to State Resilience? Lessons from Eastern and Southern Africa


Video duration: 
30 min.

Cover State Fragility and State Building in AfricaTwo thirds of Africans were reckoned by the African Development Bank to live in countries suffering from state fragility in 2013. The fragility of African states is regarded as a major explanation for the failure of countries in the region to translate strong economic growth into sustained social and economic development. Following the examination of the drivers of fragility and the impact of fragility on citizens and neighbouring states, the seminar will discuss capacity building approaches, that would result in a change from state fragility to state resilience, based on lessons learnt from selected states in Eastern and Southern Africa.


Dele OlowuDr. Dele Olowu is a fellow of the ASCL and a retired Professor from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria with teaching stints in universities in Ethiopia, Namibia, the United States and at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands, now a part of Erasmus University. He has taught and researched on African public policy and management. Dr Olowu has recently published a book on these issues (co-edited with Paulos Chanie): State Fragility and State Building in Africa: Cases from Eastern and Southern Africa, Dordrecht, Springer, 2015.

Date, time and location

08 September 2016
15.30 - 17.00
Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden
Room 1A27 (first floor)