THE 2019 MARY KINGSLEY ZOCHONIS LECTURE 2019
Dr Pedi Obani, United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), Ghana
‘Sanitation, Human Rights and Governance: A Critical Perspective from Nigeria’
Date: Wednesday 16th October
Time: 7pm, followed by a reception
Location: Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) Common Ground Room, UCL (Ground floor, Wilkins Building, South Wing, Main Building, Gower Street, London). Register for free here.
Access to adequate sanitation depends on public measures, such as the building of infrastructure, which are routinely neglected. Addressing them demands not merely infrastructural measures, but radical legal and political reform to ensure democratic involvement in the development and running of basic services.
Dr Pedi Obani’s lecture will be informed by her extensive fieldwork on sanitation and governance. It will contextualize these problems by drawing on public health science, environmental studies, and wider cultural and historical perspectives on the politics of waste in Africa. It will offer a clear sighted and accessible reading of this material through international human rights law and policy initiatives, most notably the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, showing its significance within and well beyond Nigeria.
Dr Obani’s descriptive and critical perspectives will be complemented by a set of concrete recommendations for further action at local, national and international level. It will resonate with a wide range of academic audiences, as well as having potential to influence policy makers and activists.
Pedi Obani is at the forefront of a new generation of African legal academics who combine outstanding, internationally recognized scholarship with practical engagement.