Adedayo Oluwakayode Adekson
Adedayo Oluwakayode Adekson founded The African Development Imperative (TADI) in 2016. In this capacity, he oversees and propels TADI's youth-focused initiatives, liaises with other entities for partnership cultivation and maintenance purposes, superintends logistical matters affecting this incipient organization and shares his expertise with other entities. Adekson took an undergraduate degree in International Studies and a masters degree in International Development (with extensive coursework at George Washington University) at American University. Moreover, he holds masters and doctoral degrees in Political Science from the University of Maryland and is an alumnus of the Nonprofit Management Executive Program at Georgetown University.
In the recent past, Adedayo Oluwakayode Adekson has worked in research, teaching and administrative capacities in North America, Central America and Europe, and undertaken extensive field research in Nigeria. Specifically, he has been affiliated with entities as diverse as the Academy for Educational Development (now christened FHI 360), The World Bank’s Development Research Group, Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland, the United Nations-mandated University for Peace, UNESCO Centre at Ulster University and the Great Lakes Colleges Association/Global Liberal Arts Alliance.
Adekson is the author of several monographs and reviews, with the most seminal being The ‘Civil Society’ Problematique: Deconstructing Civility and Southern Nigeria’s Ethnic Radicalization (London; New York: Routledge, 2003/2012). His interests include, inter alia, the political economy of development, politics of perception and representation, digital divide, capacity building, youth development, education, social entrepreneurship and innovation, civil-military and state-society relations, nexus between security, gender and development, repercussions of state capacity or lack thereof, conflict prevention and management, violent extremism mitigation, early warning and action, post-conflict reconstruction, peace-building efforts, rule of law, human rights, and democratization theory and practice.
Due to its modular and nimble structure, and an abiding commitment to cultivating and deepening in-country partnerships, enhancing existing capacity therein and fostering a spirit of continuous learning, The African Development Imperative also maintains a roster of consultants whose expertise can be deployed rather quickly for the purposes of the opportunity at hand. This approach allows us not to become unduly wedded to a rigid or stale way of perceiving seeming challenges or devising appropriate solutions; instead, the method that we employ in each instance is informed by the nature of the issue with which we are confronted, a thoughtful attention to the import of context, a genuine spirit of enquiry, an interdisciplinary ethos and an openness to diverse perspectives.
Queries in the aforementioned vein should be directed to Adedayo Oluwakayode Adekson.