As 100 participants from Africa, Middle East, Europe, and United States of America gather this weekend for the 5th Africa Resource Bank Meeting, they have to grapple with knowledge gaps that have for a long time made the continent an underdog. It is not going to be enough to discuss value systems as proposed by Western scholars without taking time to explore the undercurrents of intellectual dissent against the same.
Over the years, the state of Africa has been of concern to many. Grappling with challenges such as poverty, disease, hunger and other social problems, several solutions have been offered to free Africa from its apparent deathbed. While some see
To paraphrase Naruddin Farah a prominent writer of Somali origin; if one African ear constantly listens to external ideas and the other is left deaf; the continent shall never walk in a balanced manner! IREN welcomes all the delegates to this great event and look forward to free and fruitful brainstorming sessions.