Robtel Neajai PaileyRobtel Neajai Pailey PhD


London, UK

 

Occupational Information


Job Title: Assistant Professor in International Social and Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Professional History


Robtel is a Liberian academic, activist, and author of the award-winning anti-corruption children’s books, Gbagba and Jaadeh!, and the monograph Development, (Dual) Citizenship and Its Discontents in Africa: The Political Economy of Belonging to Liberia (Cambridge University Press, 2021). In her role as Assistant Professor in International Social and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, she conducts research on race, citizenship, 'South-South' migration and development cooperation in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Her university biography states that she has more than 15 years of combined personal and professional experiences at the intersection of scholarship, policy, and practice in Africa, Europe, and North America, where she has worked across a broad range of fields supporting universities, governments, media institutions, multilateral, regional, non-governmental and community-based organizations. Robtel has expertise in the political economy of development, migration, citizenship, conflict, post-war recovery, and governance.

In 2018, she was one of two winners of the 3rd annual International Anti-Corruption Excellence (ACE) Awards. In 2015, Robtel was listed by the Financial Times as one of 25 Africans to Watch. A thought leader and public scholar, she has provided expert commentary for radio, television, print, and online media across the globe. She has also been published in Africa Policy Journal. Her personal website is filled with publications, media engagements, and other information.

She has been an Ibrahim Leadership Fellow at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford's Department of International Development (ODID).

Qualifications


BA African Studies (Howard University)
BA English Literature (Howard University)
MSc African Studies (University of Oxford)
PhD Development Studies (SOAS, University of London)

Programs


2010 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow


 Additional Tags: Education, Early Learning, Child Care, Development, Governance, Political Economy, Trade, Publications, Media

Featured News

Jackie Chimhanzi
21 October 2020

The following is the full text of an open letter from Nigerian Tutu Fellows to President Muhammadu Buhari on the violent treatment by Nigerian security forces of #EndSARS protestors.

Open Letter to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

October 21, 2020

President Buhari,

You appealed to Nigerians to give you a mandate in 2003, 2007 and 2011.

Norman Smit
28 September 2020

2006 Tutu Fellow Aidan Eyakuze has been elected as Civil Society Co-Chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Aidan is the Executive Director of the policy and civil society nonprofit, Twaweza, in Tanzania.  Twaweza works to demonstrate how citizens can come together to collectively address their problems and make government work better for them.

His term as Lead Co-Chair alongside the government of Italy will begin next year.  Until then, and in collaboration with the government of Italy, he will support the new Lead Co-Chair, Maria Baron, the Executive Director of Directorio Legislativo, and the government of South Korea, to advance the work of the Open Government partnership.

Peter Wilson
28 September 2020

The African Leadership Institute in South Africa (AFLI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Trevor Manuel as Chairman, following the end of Ronnie Ntuli’s tenure after three years of service during which time he very successfully restructured the Institute’s governance and prepared for a seamless transition as the Founders stepped back.

The African Leadership Institute was founded in 2003 by Sean Lance and Peter Wilson and is committed to nurturing the leadership capabilities of Africa's highest potential young leaders in the age range 25-39.  It is the vision of the Founders that this values-based network of visionary, strategic, self-aware and ethical African leaders become the catalysts for change and the transformation of Africa. Archbishop Desmond Tutu is the Patron of the Institute and the flagship offering is the Archbishop Tutu Leadership Programme which is delivered in partnership with Oxford University.

Norman Smit
21 September 2020

2008 Tutu Fellow Bibi Bakare Yusuf has won the Distinguished Africanist Award from ASAUK. The ASAUK - or African Studies Association of the United Kingdom - is a scholarly organization with a membership that includes academics, journalists and broadcasters, civil servants and many others with an interest in Africa. 

Bibi is the award-winning Co-Founder and Publishing Director of Cassava Republic. Bibi explains: “I am a publisher because I am interested in the future. I am interested in contributing to and helping to shape what people in 100, 200 or even 500 years will be discussing and mulling over when they take a walk into the labyrinth of their past that is our present moment. I am interested in how we can create the archive of the future in the present.”

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Tutu Fellowship COVID-19 News

Tutu Fellows have been active in addressing the challenges Africa is facing due to the coronavirus pandemic.  We have a new section highlighting some of the work being done by the Fellowship.
 

About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

AFLI Workplace

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AFLI uses Workplace by Facebook as its networking and collaboration platform for the Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  It allows Fellows to network, discuss issues, develop position papers, plan events, and coordinate with each other ahead of meetings when travelling to other countries. It also provides a space for programme associates to collaborate on their requirements for the Tutu Leadership programme.

Workplace is a software app that functions across desktop and mobile using familiar features like groups, chat, and video calls, and is used by more than 30,000 organisations around the world. It uses an interface familiar to anyone who has used Facebook, but adjusted for the workplace. We have provided answers to FAQs on how to log in, how Workplace can be used, and answers to possible technical questions users may have.  Fellows can log into Workplace by clicking on the the logo.

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