In 2014, Mark Levy joined the staff of the London-based think tank, the University of East Anglia and founded the Khadeeja Global Center on Development. In that role, Levy, the former director of the Center for Global Research in Development, his people, aimed to inform the global discourse on development.
Levy’s passion for development was founded on the belief that academic research should not consider only monetary concerns, but also weigh in on social and national development.
His work on the U.K. chapter of UNESCO’s Natural and Man-Made heritage in West Africa (particularly in Togo) and hosting of the Commission on Growth and Development in West Africa will have an impact on the curricula of many development experts on the continent.
On his resignation from UEA, Levy writes, “It is for me time to depart and return to Africa…I am convinced that this time apart from the changing challenges of DFI, developing countries, African leaders, other global institutions and nongovernmental institutions, will change the foundations on which we have built up over the past decades and upon which this foundation will be built again for the next generation.”
Is Mark Levy heading to Africa?
Africa raised the question over the development of international development since it outpaced the rest of the world in economic development and assumed a huge role in global affairs. This major turn of events led to more questions over the loss of many top specialists who will be leaving the continent to pursue their careers.
What are the biggest concerns for Africa post-30 May 2019?
I continue to be concerned about the stifling of development media (at the local level and at the national level). There seems to be a craving to exclude discussion of poverty and development issues in political and media discourse. This does not help the long-term social development of nations.
Follow-up: Others resign from African group
In August 2017, Wouter Coertzen, head of UEA’s Department of Economic Development, resigned from Khadeeja because he was fed up with what he views as a lack of transparency and accountability by the leadership of the centre.