Africa in 2022 – Prospects and Forecasts



4:00 pm - 5:45 pm


Via Zoom


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Africa in 2022 – Prospects and Forecasts

London: 26th, January 2022, 16:00 – 18:00 via Zoom


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2022 looks to be another unpredictable year for the world and for Africa. The Covid pandemic and accelerating climate change throw up new challenges as each old one is mastered. While much of the world bounced back from Covid in 2021, including parts of Africa that benefited from recovering commodity prices, the lag in vaccinations across the continent, due more to limited supply than human hesitancy, constrained growth. Travel, tourism and trade all face continuing hurdles, and climate-related difficulties for agriculture, energy and water supply risk exacerbating conflict hotspots.


Africa in 2022: Prospects and Forecasts will look at Africa’s response to these challenges and to the continued political strains in a number of regions. How will Africa’s vibrant and inventive economic and cultural-creative actors respond? What opportunities will emerge even in these difficult circumstances? And how will these affect Africa’s interaction with the rest of the world?


Join us for the Royal African Society’s flagship event, delivered in partnership with the British Council and Edinburgh University, to discuss and debate what 2022 holds in store for the continent.




Panel One: 

Time: 16:00 – 17:00 GMT


Chair: Phil Clark, Professor of International Politics, SOAS

Moctar Kane – Country Manager, Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund

Vanessa Tsehaye – Horn of Africa Campaigner, Amnesty International

Yandile Nukul, Content Strategist /CEO – GIQ Media

Jonathan Rosenthal, Africa editor, The Economist


Panel Two: 

Time: 17:00 – 18:00


Chair: Professor  Francisca Mutapi – Professor in Global Health Infection and Immunity, co-Director of the Global Health Academy at the University of Edinburgh

Rozan Ahmed, Communications Expert, Strategic Advisor, Cultural Diplomat & Activist

Dr. Jean-Benoit Falisse, Lecturer in African Studies and International Development, University of Edinburgh

Sophia El Bahja, Entrepreneur and Consultant in Social Innovation


This event will be livestreamed via Zoom. Please register using this link!


Image Credit: Daniel Ecwalu.