The goal of the colloquium is to bring together young scholars from sub-Saharan Africa
to discuss in-depth philosophical questions and problems that have bearing on African
society and development. The theme for this year’s colloquium will be The Market
Economy & Christian Social Teaching (To be confirmed)
The three-day event is built around a Socratic discussion of the topic between up to
25 student participants and an academic discussion leader. Application for the
colloquium will be by invitation from either Network for a Free Society of Strathmore
University. Participants should be at least graduate students or others who have also
shown a keen interest in ideas about economic freedom and the market economy.
Undergraduates in their final year may also be considered provided they have the
necessary interest and knowledge. The ideal candidate is eager to contribute to a lively
intellectual discussion on the topic at hand. Each attendee will be required to complete
a set of readings leading up to the colloquium (readings will be provided). Participation
in the entire colloquium is mandatory; so do not apply unless you can attend all sessions.
Approximately 20 to 25 participants are expected.
Housing, meals and materials will be provided during the period of the colloquium.
Flights for those outside Nairobi will be paid for and every participant will receive $100
at the end of the colloquium provided they have attended all sessions and relevant meals,
read all the pre-reading, taken part fully in the discussions. Mobiles will need to be turned
off during the sessions and meals. Regarding hotel rooms, it is likely that people will need
to share a room with one other.
Discussion Leader: Dr. Stephen Davies
Dr. Steve Davies is the Head of Education at the IEA. Previously he was program
officer at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University in
Virginia. He joined IHS from the UK where he was Senior Lecturer in the
Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan
University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy
Center at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. A historian, he graduated from St
Andrews University in Scotland in 1976 and gained his PhD from the same
institution in 1984. He has authored several books, including Empiricism and
History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and was co-editor with Nigel Ashford of The
Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought.
Theme: Liberty, Social Thinking, & Constitutional Government
Organiser: Alex Njeru
Alex is an Associate Editor of AfricanLiberty.org and is a team member of the same
organization’s Voice of Liberty Africa (VOLA) program. He is a free market advocate
and has used various platforms to advocate for free market-oriented policy and the
institutionalization of the rule of law as a panacea to the underdevelopment challenges
that Africa faces. He is a regular commenter on local and international television
platforms regarding issues such as Governance and economic policy. His research
interests include free market, business and regulation policy. He was the project lead
of the Caravan of Liberty – Kenya, a dedicated public education program targeting
university students, aimed at deepening the understanding of cause and effect in the
economic policy making process in Kenya. He is a past winner of the International
Policy Network – Africanliberty.org essay competition He co-founded the Eastern Africa Policy
Centre in 2013, where he works as the Research and Programs Development Manager.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Development studies from Maseno University and is
currently enrolled for Masters in Public Policy & Management at the Strathmore Business School – Nairobi Kenya.
Sponsor: Network for a Free Society
Represented by Linda Whetstone, Linda@freesocieties.org
Linda is chairman and CEO of Network for a Free Society and of Atlas Network.
She is also on the Boards of the Institute of Economic Affairs and Istanbul Network
for Liberty. She has written on agriculture, development, and trade and in 2016 was
co-editor of IEA publication Islamic Foundations of a Free Society.