In the second G.A.P.P.A.P. webinar, Nigerian journalist Nancy Illoh-Nnaji will moderate a discussion with our panellists about the preconditions for sustainable aid, with a focus on agricultural development initiatives. It is often the case that in agricultural development initiatives farmer cooperatives are created. The cooperatives can help smallholder farmers to achieve stronger bargaining power, receive better prices for their produce and access markets easier. However, it is argued that patrimonial systems stand in the way of cooperation, here, but also in other social-economic systems. Moreover, initiatives are developed and implemented, but sometimes it is hard to see sustained effects after a few years the initiative has ended. The question here is, what are the preconditions for sustained effects of these initiatives? Are inclusive institutions needed on a government level for sustainable development, or are there other solutions for sustainable development as well?

Our panellists Dr Otto Kroesen (ass. professor cross-cultural entrepreneurship Delft University of Technology), Edobong Akpabio (executive member of the African Farmers Stories) and Prof Schmidt Chintu (CEO Cyber Academy Zambia) will share their perspectives regarding sustainable development, how development flows and where it goes. Babatunde Olarewaju (agricultural consultant, Futex), Dr Ikechi Agbugba (ass. professor of Agricultural Economics Rivers State University) and Abena Appiah-Ofori (Public Policy in Africa Initiative) will respond to their perspectives and start the discussion.

Join the conversation on Thursday 29 July and register here. You will find a recording of G.A.P.P.A.P.'s premiere here.

Nancy Illoh-Nnaji is a Nigerian journalist. She is executive producer and presenter of the show “Moneyline with Nancy” on Africa Independent Television. Thereby, she is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the African Economic Congress. She has over two decades of broadcast media experience, which include years of business, financial journalism, content production and mediapreneur. Besides, she trains the next generation of business journalists in Nigeria.