Robtel Neajai PaileyRobtel Neajai Pailey PhD


Liberia

 

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

Norman Smit
17 August 2021

Back on 22 May 2021, President Samia Suluhu Hassan appointed Elsie Kanza PhD as one of 22 ambassadors for Tanzania. Elsie is a 2008 Tutu Fellow.  On 17 August, she was posted to the Embassy in Washington, DC, as Tanzanian Ambassador. The US Embassy is considered a senior posting in diplomatic circles.  In May, President Hassan made the appointments, but did not at that time name the posts to which the appointees would be stationed. 

The appointments included senior government officials, members of the military, and government and cabinet advisors.  Prior to her appointment, Elsie's most recent position was as the Special Advisor to the President of the World Economic Forum.

Norman Smit
30 June 2021

2019 Tutu Fellow Ronak Gopaldas has written a paper on the double-edged sword that COVID-19 presents to Africa. It is forcing a re-emphasis of the role and importance of the state in a post-COVID-19 era. Bigger government with an expanding reach and relevance has significant governance implications for Africa, which has a record and history of weak governance, ineffective institutions, limited resources, corruption, and mismanagement.

Ronak says that if Africa uses the pandemic effectively for effective structural transformation, it could usher in significant opportunity for political and economic improvement.  If not, pressures will intensify, leaving Africa floundering under the impact of economic and COVID-19-induced shocks.

Norman Smit
24 June 2021

2014 Tutu Fellow Ladé Araba is serving on the Green Outcomes Fund Advisory Committee.  Ladé Araba is a senior development finance executive and board member with more than 18 years of experience.

The Green Outcomes Fund (GOF) incentivises local South African fund managers to increase investment in green, small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs).  The GOF is a new and unique structure that aims to catalyse higher quality and consistent green impacts. It has as one of its key goals the building of a common set of green metrics within the local investment industry.

Norman Smit
21 June 2021

2018 Tutu Fellow Oluseun Onigbinde has launched his debut book The Existential Questions: Uncomfortable facts confronting Nigeria after a 60-year journey.  Nigeria's 60th anniversary took place in October 2020. He asks the question 'why has the country failed to live up to its potential', and his answers lie within the 285-page softcover.

Oluseun looks at where his country is and how it got there by examining Nigerian leadership, the country's socio-economic status, its weak legal and judicial systems, and other human development systems and arrives at the conclusion that Nigeria has been grossly mismanaged.  But he doesn't stop there.

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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.

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