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Festival of Debate 2019: Stopping the Plundering of Africa

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Central United Reformed Church, 60 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 2JB, United Kingdom


Join us at the 'Stopping the Plundering of Africa' debate. Alongside our very own Sophie Efange, panellists including Martha Musonza Holman of the Fairtrade charity Love Zimbabwe, Africa@UK’s Gbenga Shadare, and Jubilee Debt Campaign’s Tim Jones tackle issues such as reparations, debt, structural inequality, and how they impact the lives of ordinary Africans. Now in its fourth year, the Festival of Debate is a series of panel discussions, debates, Q&As, artistic responses, keynote speeches and other public events in Sheffield, exploring politics, economics and society.

Christian Aid's Sophie Efange joins the debate

The wealth privately sent abroad each year from Africa averages at least four times total international aid. And that’s only the tip of an iceberg of theft facilitated by Western interests.

Debate with our panel of speakers about their own recommended contributions to the broader set of policy and social change that's required to end this and other injustices.

About the panellists

  • Sophie Efange will talk about how Britain’s violent colonial history perpetuated modern day structural inequalities in Africa, and why aid should shift to reparations.
  • Martha Musonza Holman will set the scene in terms of the everyday impacts of this international theft on people’s everyday lives in Zimbabwe.  
  • Tim Jones will highlight how UK companies extract billions from Africa through 'odious loans' - such as those that triggered a debt crisis in Mozambique.
  • Gbenga Shadare, a former investment banker/wealth manager, will describe his personal experience of working with those who assisted looters and politicians. 

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