Ms Arshita Nandan

Honorary Trustee

Arshita is an academic and a researcher. She is passionate about conflict studies, critical theory and the inter-relations between art and resistance. She has recently completed her Masters in Peace and Conflict studies from the University of Kent and University of Marburg and her thesis topic was; “The Individuation of Non-Violent Resistance in Palestine and Israel – A Theoretical Exploration of the Existence and Potentials of Combatants for Peace” . She has previously gained some expertise in education and women studies.

At Books2Africa, Arshita has been a volunteer and a representative. She contributes to different aspects of the organisation, such as submitting grant applications, participating at fundraising events and representing Books2Africa at international forums and events. Arshita was one of two ambassadors, who represented Books2Africa at the UN-ECOSOC High Level Committee meeting in New York, where they shared the stage with several prominent NGOs to talk about the environmental and social impact of the charity.

Arshita is currently a Doctoral candidate and a Graduate teaching Assistant at the University of Kent. Her field of research is post-colonial conflict analysis. She focuses on South Asian conflicts and attempts to look at resistance movements as tools for understanding conflict transformation.

Arshita is also an expert in binge watching TV series 🙂

Ph.D, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
October 2019 — Present
Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD researcher. Field: International Conflict Analysis.

Master of Arts, Peace and Conflict Studies (Joint International program), University of Kent, School of International Relations and Political Science , Canterbury, UK
September 2017 — October 2019
Masters Thesis: The Individuation of Non-Violent Resistance in Palestine and Israel

Master of Arts in Political Science, Kirori Mal College, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi,  New Delhi, India
July 2015 — July 2017

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Honors), Gargi College, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India
July 2012 — July 2015


Public Relations
Organizing events

IT Skills

MS Office

Other Skills

Talking politics
Writing Grants

Language Skills


Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates

A quick update about what Books2Africa is doing in response to these uncertain times caused by the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and supporters. Key to this is following government recommendations closely. Thankfully no suspected cases of COVID-19 have been reported amongst our staff and volunteers. Our Processing Centre in Canterbury is still operational and well stocked with the enough books and resources to ship to Africa.

Please read our updates below on steps taken to minimise the risk to staff, volunteers and supporters.

  • Public Book Collections Suspended: Effective today, we are suspending our collection service for book donations by members of the public in the UK. Although this will affect our book donation numbers, it would reduce the workload on our paid staff who continue to work during this difficult period to ensure the charity remains operational. This will be reviewed at the end of Easter on 14th April 2020.

  • Warehouse Volunteering Suspended: Effective today, we are suspending all volunteering work at the Processing Centre in Canterbury. This means all our UK and International Volunteers are no longer allowed to come into the Canterbury site. Although this will affect our processing and sorting capacity, it makes it easier for us to enforce government advise on social distancing and minimise the risk to paid staff who continue to work normal hours, ensuring our charity shop remains operational and shipments to Africa are dispatched. This will be reviewed at the end of Easter on 14th April 2020.

  • Online Volunteering: During this suspension of warehouse volunteering, we will be assigning all our volunteers to our Education Team to work on a variety of fundraising tasks online. To this end, all our International Volunteers are required to attend an online Skype meeting with our Director of Education on Wednesday 25th March at 9:30 am. UK volunteers who would like to join in can also email [email protected] to indicate their interest in order to receive further instructions on joining the meeting.


Finally a word of encouragement – Do not be afraid, stay safe and continue to have faith that this will soon pass. 
  • The strictest hygiene standards are being followed at our Processing Centre, with hand sanitisers, disinfectant sprays, plastic gloves and posters reminding staff, volunteers and supporters to wash their hands regularly and wipe their work surfaces.


  • No contact deliveries: Couriers delivering boxes to the Processing Centre will no longer require you to sign by hand on delivery. Rather, they are advised to enter your initials.


  • Drop-offs and tours suspended: From next week, drop-off appointments by members of the public will be suspended until further notice. Until then, staff and volunteers are advised to receive deliveries without contact and avoid giving members of the public tours of the Processing Centre.


We appreciate your understanding as the situation evolves and reassure you that we will take necessary steps to ensure your safety whilst trying to also fulfil our charitable objectives. If you need any support or advice, you can send us an email [email protected]

Thank you for your continued support and do subscribe to our coronavirus updates if you want to be remain updated.
Books2Africa UK Team

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Shipping and delivering 1 million books every year
involves the following:

  • 20,000 books fit in 1 x 20ft container
  • 1,000,000 books fit in 50 x 20ft containers
  • 4 x 20ft containers shipped monthly
  • £5,000 to process, ship and clear each container of 20,000 books
  • £20,000 delivers 4 containers monthly
Fundraising Target
  • 2,000 individuals giving £10 or more monthly, or 50 corporate partners sponsoring 1 container per year. Thank you.


Processing in the UK


Freight from the UK


Clearing and haulage in Africa

Books2Africa is a UK registered charity number 1152599