Joining the dots: why education is key to preserving the planet

Joining the dots: why education is key to preserving the planet

Education empowers young people like Sarah Nasira, a Kenyan pupil leading a class. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya Martin Gustafsson, Stellenbosch University The evidence is clear: education changes lives, in ways that are often not fully understood. For instance, quality education can help you live a longer, healthier life. This is because education equips you to approach health … [Read more]

Telling a good story - Fellows' seminar by Zakes Mda

Telling a good story – Fellows’ seminar by Zakes Mda

“My mission is to tell a good story. If I don’t make my characters human – the story will fail,” said Zakes Mda. STIAS Fellow Zakes Mda during his seminar presentation on 1 February 2018 Mda is currently Artist-in-Residence at STIAS where he is finalising his latest work The Zulus of New York, a historical … [Read more]

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights - Fellows' seminar by Gerard Niyungeko

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights – Fellows’ seminar by Gerard Niyungeko

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights is one of the institutions of the African Union (AU). It was established by a 1998 protocol which came into force in 2004, but only effectively came into operation in 2006. Gerard Niyungeko of the Faculty of Law at the University of Burundi, who was one of … [Read more]

Life-cycle management for sustainable infrastructure development in Africa - Fellows' seminar by Getachew Assefa

Life-cycle management for sustainable infrastructure development in Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Getachew Assefa

“Africa needs to seize the opportunity to develop its infrastructure systems in a sustainable manner,” said STIAS fellow Getachew Assefa of the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary. STIAS Fellow Gettachew Assefa during his seminar presentation on 25 January 2018 “The infrastructure deficit in Africa is estimated to be $130 – 170 billion per … [Read more]

Exploring the future of artificial and human intelligence - Fellows' seminar by Christian Van den Broeck

Exploring the future of artificial and human intelligence – Fellows’ seminar by Christian Van den Broeck

“I would guess that by 2050 a computer will be able to simulate the human brain fully. This will have huge social, economic and ethical impact. Once you exceed human capacity you have to teach ethical responsibility,” said Christian Van den Broeck of the Department of Theoretical Physics, Hasselt University. Van den Broeck was addressing … [Read more]

(Re)Imagining Africa(ns) in the world - Fellow's seminar by Aretha Phiri

(Re)Imagining Africa(ns) in the world – Fellow’s seminar by Aretha Phiri

“What makes a real African? What is Africanness based on? Who has the right to define Black and African? What Africa do they speak of? It’s a question of authenticity. There is a troubling domination of one vision of blackness,” said Aretha Phiri of the English Department at Rhodes University and STIAS Iso Lomso fellow. … [Read more]

A story of idealism and betrayal - Fellows' seminar by David Attwell

A story of idealism and betrayal – Fellows’ seminar by David Attwell

At rush hour on 24 July 1964, a bomb exploded at Johannesburg’s Park railway station, killing a grandmother, severely burning her granddaughter, and injuring several others. The bomb maker was John Harris, a member of a small sabotage group, the African Resistance Movement (ARM), whose members, till then, had been committed to not using violence against … [Read more]

Business as usual will not do: we need better and more professional management of water resources worldwide - Fellows' seminar by Janos Bogardi

Business as usual will not do: we need better and more professional management of water resources worldwide – Fellows’ seminar by Janos Bogardi

“Time is running out. There has been too much inertia. Business as usual must be left behind. We need global scale co-operation and a sustainable co-operative spirit.” STIAS Fellow Janos Bogardi during his seminar presentation on 30 November 2017 This was the opinion expressed by Prof. Janos Bogardi of the Centre for Development Research at … [Read more]

Lancet Countdown report shows progress on climate change but more is needed

Lancet Countdown report shows progress on climate change but more is needed

STIAS was delighted to host the African launch of the 2017 Report of The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change: From 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health. The annual reports track progress in health and climate change in the run-up to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal targets. STIAS Fellow … [Read more]

Need for new regulation in the information economy - STIAS lecture by Joseph Stiglitz

Need for new regulation in the information economy – STIAS lecture by Joseph Stiglitz

“We thought that new technology would increase competition but it has led to more concentration. New technology has increased the ability to exploit. The move to an information economy has given market power to those who dominate in grabbing information – like Google, Facebook and Amazon. They use information to discriminate in pricing and distort … [Read more]