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Festival of Ideas: Andrew Rugasira - A Good African Story

Africa has received over $500 billion in aid over the last 50 years and yet despite this the continent remains mired in poverty, disease, and systemic corruption. A Good African Story: How a Small Company Built a Global Coffee Brand is a manifesto for a change in the way the West sees, and deals with, Africa. Using his experiences in running the Good African Coffee Company, Andrew Rugasira sets out the arguments for building a sustainable trade framework, reducing Africa's reliance on aid handouts and discusses the barriers that currently prevent fair and equal trade between Africa with the rest of the world. He argues that Africa should take its destiny in its own hands and dictate the future that it wants and deserves: more trade and less aid. Infused with optimism and belief in what Africa's future could be, Rusagira tells the story of thousands of African farmers who have, through the Good African Coffee model, been able to earn a decent living, send their children to school and get out of a spiral of debt and dependence.

Andrew Rugasira is the Founder and CEO of Good African Coffee, an African-based social enterprise that brings quality coffees to the global market. He grew up in Kampala during the terrors of Idi Amin's reign in the 1970s. A graduate in Law and Economics from the University of London, he has written numerous papers and articles and was a research fellow at the Centre for Basic Research, Kampala. In 2007, he was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has won several awards, including the Legatum Pioneers for Prosperity award, and in 2010 was nominated for a Financial Times/ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business award. He is Uganda's Country Chairman of the Eastern African Fine Coffees Association and a Member of Uganda's Presidential Investor Roundtable.

Sponsored by Rathbone Greenbank Investments.

Ticket prices: £7.00 full / £6.00 concessions.


May Festival of Ideas

Please note: this is a old season with no further events to see

The Bristol Festival of Ideas returns with over 70 events on religion, the wild, science, feminism, a celebration of the work of E P Thompson, the working class on film, bravery, the Left and the Right, immigration, physics, food, economics and more.

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Past events and screenings that were part of this season

Maria Konnikova - How to Think like Sherlock HolmesMon 21 Jan 2013 19:00
William Dalrymple - The Return of a KingThu 14 Feb 2013 18:15
Andrew Rugasira - A Good African StoryMon 18 Feb 2013 18:15
Shlomo Sand - The Invention of the Land of IsraelMon 18 Feb 2013 19:45
Evgeny Morozov - To Save Everything, Click HereTue 19 March 2013 18:15
Nate Silver - The Signal and the Noise SOLD OUTFri 3 May 2013 12:30
Anat Admati - What's Still Wrong With the Banks and How Do We Make Them Work?Fri 10 May 2013 18:15
Geoff Mulgan - The Locust and the BeeFri 10 May 2013 19:45
Martin Palmer - Sacred Bristol WalkSat 11 May 2013
Richard Sennett - Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of CooperationSat 11 May 2013 11:30
Philip French - Fifty Years as a Film Critic SOLD OUTSat 11 May 2013 13:00
Heaven's GateSat 11 May 2013 15:00
Frances Harrison and Bidisha - Sri Lanka and Palestine: Writing WarSat 11 May 2013 15:00
Jay Griffiths - Kith: The Riddle of the ChildscapeSat 11 May 2013 16:30
Damian Barr - Maggie & Me CANCELLEDSat 11 May 2013 18:00
Alice Oswald - On PoetrySat 11 May 2013 19:30
The Happy Lands + InterviewSun 12 May 2013 13:00
Mark Rowlands - Running With the PackSun 12 May 2013 14:30
Kevin Fong - ExtremesSun 12 May 2013 16:00
Animals and Humans CANCELLEDSun 12 May 2013 17:30
Gavin Hewitt - The Lost ContinentMon 13 May 2013 18:15
Francis Spufford - UnapologeticMon 13 May 2013 19:45
David Stuckler - The Body Economic: Why Austerity KillsTue 14 May 2013 18:15
Chase Madar - The Passion of Bradley ManningTue 14 May 2013 19:45
Bristol Ideas Forum - Mayor's Conference 2013 Wed 15 May 2013 09:00
Adam Rutherford - The Origin of Life/The Future of LifeWed 15 May 2013 18:15
Richard Holmes - Falling UpwardsWed 15 May 2013 19:45
Ian Robertson - The Winner EffectFri 17 May 2013 12:30
Eugene Byrne - Unbuilt Bristol Walking Tour SOLD OUTSat 18 - Sun 19 May
Shereen El Feki - Sex and the CitadelSat 18 May 2013 11:00
Darian Leader - Strictly Bipolar SOLD OUTSat 18 May 2013 12:30
E P Thompson Celebration - Films and PanelSat 18 May 2013 13:00
Ben Thompson with Show of StrengthSat 18 May 2013 16:00
Kevin Jackson - Constellation of Genius CANCELLEDSat 18 May 2013 18:30
Jesse Norman MP - Edmund BurkeSun 19 May 2013 14:00
Linda Grant & Peter HitchensSun 19 May 2013 15:30
Searching for Happiness Mon 20 May 2013 18:15
James Salter - All That IsThu 23 May 2013 18:15
Julia Unwin - What Would Beveridge Say Now?Fri 24 May 2013 12:30
The Spirit of '45 + Panel Discussion SOLD OUTFri 24 May 2013 18:00
Rebecca Solnit - The Faraway NearbyThu 30 May 2013 18:00
George Saunders - Tenth of DecemberThu 30 May 2013 20:00
Viv Groskop - I Laughed, I CriedWed 3 July 2013 18:15
Italo Calvino - A LifeWed 3 July 2013 19:45