Bisi Fayemi to deliver CDD's "Kronti ne Akwamu" Lecture
The President and Co-Founder of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), Bisi Adeyele-Fayemi, will deliver this year’s Kronti ne Akwamu lecture at the British Council Hall on Thursday, 17th March, 2011.
The topic for this year’s lecture is “Democratisation and Women in Africa-Progress, Stagnation and Retreat.”
The Kronti ne Akwamu lecture is the Center’s flagship annual public lecture on democracy and governance. It is one of the Center’s initiatives aimed towards bridging the gap between reflection, research and analysis on one hand, and pro-democracy and good governance advocacy on the other. Therefore, it is aimed at enriching the quality of public discourse on democratic and governance reforms.
Previous speakers include Dr. Jendayi Frazer, (Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the Bush Administration), Prof. Larry Diamond a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University (USA), former Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana, the Rt. Hon Peter Ala Adjetey, Dr. K.Y. Amoako, founder and president of the African Center for Economic Transformation among others.
Brief Profile of Bisi Adeyele-Fayemi
Ms Fayemi is the President and co-founder of the African Women’s Development Fund, (AWDF), the first Africa-wide grant-making fund, which supports the work of organisations promoting women’s rights in Africa. Since it began grant making in 2001, AWDF has supported over 800 women’s organisations in 42 African countries with over U$16m in grants.
She was the Director of Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), an international development organisation for African women based in London, UK, with an Africa regional office in Kampala, Uganda, from 1991-2001. She established the African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI), a training and networking forum for young African women which has trained over 5,000 women across Africa, and most of these women are now in senior decision making positions.
She was Co-Chair of the International Network of Women’s Funds (2004-2006), Honorary President, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) (2003-2005) and Trustee, Comic Relief (UK). She has also served as a resource person to UN agencies such including UNIFEM, UNDP, UN/ECA, a board member of the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund, among others.
Ms Fayemi is a leading voice not only in the African women’s movement and civil society, but in the global women’s movement as well. She has also become a key figure in the world of philanthropy, particularly in the global South. She is in very high demand across the world as a resource person, strategist, guest speaker, trainer, events host and process manager.