Professor Mushtaq Khan’s lecture on Governance Reform and Economic Growth

March 30, 2009
Mushtaq Khan is a professor of economics at SOAS with research interests in institutional economics, the economic role of the state in developing countries, industrial policy, issues of governance reform, corruption and state failure.
His regional specialization is in South Asian economic development. He is also a member of the Africa Task Force set up by Joe Stiglitz and the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) at Columbia University. He has worked on the crisis of state building in Palestine, and is currently researching the institutional and governance foundations of comparative economic growth in a number of countries in South and South-East Asia and Africa.
His publications can be accessed on

This lecture on the relationship of governance reform and economic growth (and why the former is not a pre-condition for the latter) lasts about 30 minutes, was recorded in late November 2008, and has been broken up into 4 individual video clips.

You can download the slides used in the lecture as a Powerpoint presentation or as PDF file.


John Githongo: Governance and the Fight against Corruption

November 15, 2008

John Githongo, a senior associate member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and vice president of policy and advocacy at World Vision UK, came to international fame when he exposed corruption at the heart of the government in his native Kenya in 2006 – what became known as the Anglo Leasing scandal and forced him to seek temporary refuge in the UK.

In October 2008 he visited SOAS, University of London,  to record this lecture on the issue of governance from the perspective of the fight against corruption in Africa.

There are two versions of the lecture available:

an audio lecture of 33 minutes length, and a 6-minute video summary of John Githongo’s main conclusions.

To listen to the audio lecture, choose one of the following links:

To view the video summary, please click on the YouTube player below:

introduction to the series by Dr Mo Ibrahim

November 14, 2008

Dr Mo Ibrahim, the sponsor of this series of lectures, gives a brief introduction to the programme on Governance in Africa which is jointly run by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the Centre of African Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.