Springer Handbook of Water Resources Management

Water is a limited resource. Water and sanitation are human rights. However there is a gap in the international water debate. The different discourses, like the right to water versus water as economic good, water security and sustainability, water, food and energy nexus, ecosystem services versus engineering solutions are drifting apart rather than evolving towards … [Read more]

World Literature, Minor Languages, and the Art of Translation: The Example of Afrikaans

By examining a number of literary works which were published in both Afrikaans and English in the past 25 years in the context of recent studies of the question of translation and world literature, this project will attempt to answer such questions as: Does translation of literary works into major languages represent a danger for … [Read more]

DOHaD and SDGs: Moving towards Early Implementation

The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease & Sustainable Development Goals: Moving Towards Early Implementation The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) paradigm provides us with a new and exciting way to think about causation of illness while at the same time providing us with both personal and population-level instruments for avoiding harm and … [Read more]

Many Modernities ‐ Religious freedom in South Africa and Sweden

In Europe with a history of religious wars and big national churches, freedom of religion is often understood as “freedom from”, at least from institutional religion. Individual rights are of great importance. African perspectives, on the other hand are often understood to give priority to the community and their rights. Ubunto is a notion to … [Read more]

Opposition in African Politics: The Case of Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya

This research examines the idea of opposition in African politics against the backdrop of problems inherent in the democratization process in contemporary Africa with a view to analyzing their dimensions and implications for the development of the continent and her peoples. Among issues to be addressed included the credibility of opposition parties in Africa as … [Read more]

Low cost nudges to patients to improve treatment adherence: do they work?

Universal health coverage and the growing burden of chronic illness are both at the top of the global health agenda. More effective coverage of prevention and treatment can lead not only to substantial gains in population health, but also to higher living standards and economic growth. Understanding why poor people tend not to adopt healthier … [Read more]

The Theory and Practice of Social Transformation through the Arts (Being Human Today theme)

The world over and across time, the arts remain vitally important in fostering resilience and creating channels for reconciliation after conflict. This unique initiative blends South African, Kenyan, US American and Canadian scholarship, creative work and wisdom to explore how the arts are optimally used and the best ways to gauge progress and success. Informed … [Read more]

Ubuntu commercial nests in African indigenous markets in Nairobi: alternative business model for an emerging ‘African metropolis’

This research proposes that there is an ‘African metropolis’ that has been struggling for space and ascendancy in the City of Nairobi. It is made of the slum, urbanized villages, self-developed urban fringes and the African indigenous markets. The four spaces are inextricably bound to each other. African markets concentrate capital and labour in the … [Read more]

Global Citizenship and the Practice of Being Human. South African Visions and the Legacy of the Enlightenment.

My proposed project addresses the idea of global citizenship and common humanity in South Africa today. These ideas were powerful in Enlightenment Europe,where they promised a new regime of justice in opposition to despotism, exploitation, and slavery. But they were also highly problematic,  since they tended to obscure cultural difference and impose European values on … [Read more]

Impact of sustainable intensification of food production on environment and human well-being

Africa, once considered the breadbasket of the world, is now strongly affected by problems with food insecurity and malnutrition. Steady increases in African populations coupled with ecosystem degradation, climate change, limited access to modern production technology, poor extension services coupled with poor infrastructure amongst other factors negatively influence food security in many countries. These factors … [Read more]