ISBN 9780798305150
Pages 242
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Published 2018
Publisher Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa
Format Paperback

Africa at a Crossroads

Future Prospects for Africa after 50 Years of the Organisation of African Unity/African Union

edited by Shingirirai Savious Mutanga, Thokozani Simelane, Munyaradzi Mujuru

This book is a compilation of selected papers presented during the 8th Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) Young Graduates and Scholars (AYGS) Conference held at the University of Johannesburg in the year 2014. The three-day conference dubbed, Africa at a Crossroads: Future prospects for Africa after 50 years of the Organisation of African Unity/African Union, voiced young graduates and scholars’ views on Africa’s future and developmental breakthroughs, as well as its challenges and opportunities. While the annual conference is a capacity building platform for young scientists, it provided a platform for participants to engage in critical dialogue about the African realities and possible, plausible and desirable future for the continent. The book thus provides a critical interrogation of the drivers of change in Africa moving forward, especially as the AU was busy churning out new ideas and mapping out a new vision for the next 50 years. Essentially the book provides insights on national systems of innovation, matrices on poverty, climate change and lastly a reflection on Africa’s position in global governance.

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About the Editors

Shingirirai Savious Mutanga

Shingirirai Savious Mutanga is a Research Specialist in the Science and Technology Programme of the Africa Institute of South Africa.

Thokozani Simelane

Dr Thokozani Simelane is a programme leader for Science and Technology at the Africa Institute of South Africa, which has recently been incorporated into the Human Sciences Research Council. He holds a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy Degrees from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He has recently submitted for examination a Doctor of Technology Thesis in industrial engineering at the Durban University of Technology. He has previously worked as manager (Environmental Management Department) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa. He has published in a number of international scientific journals and recently published two co-edited book volumes: energy transition in Africa and Africa in a global changing environment - perspectives of climate change adaptation and irrigation strategies in Africa. He is a member of the Standing Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Rights of South Africa. His research interests are on energy, complex system analysis, industrial processes analysis and environmental management. He is the founding member of South Africa’s Chapter of System Dynamics Society.

Munyaradzi Mujuru

Dr Munyaradzi Mujuru is an accomplished scientist, academic and researcher. He is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Limpopo in the Department of Water and Sanitation. His research interests revolve around multi-disciplinary research particularly, environmental management issues, energy technology development, commercialisation of research and global change. His research work has been published in various international journals. He obtained a PhD at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and Masters and Bachelor's degrees at the university of Zimbabwe. 

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