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LAUNCH OF MISTRA’S RESEARCH PROJECT: REIMAGINING B ...
Date: 7 Nov 2017

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Mapungubwe Institute (MISTRA) is pleased to launch its research report: Reimagining Basic Education in South Africa: Lessons from the Eastern Cape on the 07 November 2017 at Hotel Osner in East London.

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Ocassional Lecture by Pascal Lamy
Date: 23 Oct 2017

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MISTRA in partnership with UJ will host Pascal Lamy for an occasional lecture on 'Globalisation and the Tragedy of the Commons,' on 23 October 2017 at University of Johannesburg Kingsway Campus at 18h30.

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Changing Economic Balances and Integration in Afri ...
Date: 5 Sep 2017

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MISTRA book launch on 'Changing Economic Balances and Integration in Africa Rising' on 05 September 2017 at UNISA Institute for Global Dialogue at 18h00 for 18h30.

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Voices That Curl
Date: 31 Aug 2017

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A MISTRA-youth event engaging Gender and Justice through the Arts in commemoration of Women's Month. Taking place on the 31 August 2017 at Market Theatre at 18h30.

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Mapungubwe Annual Lecture 2017
Date: 30 Jun 2017 to 1 Jan 2018

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Lecture by Mcebisi Jonas, former Deputy Minister of Finance at the Mapungubwe Annual Lecture on 16 May 2017 at the University of Johannesburg.

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Mapungubwe Annual Lecture 2017
Date: 16 May 2017

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The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) will be hosting the Mapungubwe Annual Lecture 2017 in partnership with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on 16 May 2017 at the UJ Auckland Park, Bunting Road Campus.

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Book Launch: The Emergence of Systems of Innovatio ...
Date: 3 Jan 2017

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The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) launched a report titled: The Emergence of Systems of Innovation in South(ern) Africa: Long Histories and Contemporary Debates on the 06-08 December 2016 as part of the National Science Forum side events.

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Conference on the Politics of the Armed Struggle i ...
Date: 23 to 25 Nov 2016

The Wits History Workshop, the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) and South African History Online (SAHO) are hosting this conference on the history and politics of the armed struggle in southern Africa. The conference is being funded by the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) with the support of the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS).

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The Great Recession Book Launch
Date: 10 to 15 Nov 2016

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The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) will launch its research report: The Great Recession and Its Implications for Human Values: Lessons for Africa, on the 10 November 2016 at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria, with an address by former President Thabo Mbeki.

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Ethics Conference
Date: 15 to 16 Sep 2016

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MISTRA Conference on Seeking the Ethical Foundations of the South African Nation. 15 – 16 September 2016, Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), Headway Hill, 1258 Lever Road, Midrand.

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Call for Abstracts on Traditional Leadership
Date: 31 Jul 2016 to 31 Jul 2017

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The Mapugubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) is initiating a research project on “mediating convergence and divergence: traditional leadership and customs in a constitutional democracy”. Mistra would like authors to provide an update on existing research in light of developments in the last 22 years of South Africa’s democracy.

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ANC's Soweto Zone 10 Gala Dinner
Date: 12 Jul to 31 Aug 2016

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Joel Netishitenzhe Speech at the ANC's Soweto Zone 10 Gala Dinner on 9 July 2016.

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Black Industrialists in the Green Economy Roundtable
Date: 29 Jun 2016

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The Mapungubwe Institute (MISTRA) together with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) will be hosting the Black Industrialists in the Green Economy Roundtable. The focus of the event will be to explore options for implementation of some of the major insights from the MISTRA publication; Earth Wind and Fire (EWF): Unpacking the political, economic and security implications of discourse on the Green Economy. The production of the book was funded by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), through the Green Fund initiative.

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African Millennial Dialogue Roundtable
Date: 20 May 2016

The Mapungubwe Institute (MISTRA) together with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), Global Progressive Forum (GPF) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES)

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MISTRA 5th Annual Lecture by Prof Vivek Chibber
Date: 15 Apr to 31 Aug 2016

State and business in post-colonial societies: what lessons can South Africa draw from the contrasting experiences of India and South Korea

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MISTRA 5th Annual Lecture
Date: 16 Mar 2016

State and business in post-colonial societies: what lessons can South Africa draw from the contrasting experiences of India and South Korea? Presented by Prof Vivek Chibber

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The Politics and History of the Armed Struggle Conference
Date: 12 to 29 Feb 2016

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Call for submissions: The Politics and History of the Armed Struggle in Southern Africa 23-26 November 2016, University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg

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Roundtable on Whiteness, Afrikaans, Afrikaners
Date: 13 to 31 Jan 2016

MISTRA held a Roundtable on 5 November 2015 entitled: "Whites, Afrikaans, Afrikaners: Addressing Post-Apartheid Legacies, Privileges and Burdens". This was a follow-up to the National Formation and Social Cohesion (NFSC) Report released by MISTRA in August 2014. Below is a citation of the speech delivered by Former President, Mr Kgalema Motlanthe. Address by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe at the MISTRA Roundtable on Whiteness, Afrikaans, Afrikaners, Women's Gaol, Constitution Hill, 5 November 2015

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MISTRA Roundtable on whiteness - Whites, Afrikaans ...
Date: 5 Nov 2015

The roundtable continues MISTRA’s work on nation formation and social cohesion that culminated in a report released in August 2014 titled Nation Formation and Social Cohesion: An Enquiry into the Hopes and Aspirations of South Africans. The voice of whites was one of the gaps identified in that report, which will be used as a starting point for the roundtable discussion on whiteness.

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Earth, Wind and Fire: Unpacking the political, eco ...
Date: 20 to 21 Oct 2015

MISTRA launched its Research Report on Earth, Wind & Fire: Unpacking the political, economic and security implications of the discourse on the Green Economy on 13th October 201

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MISTRA 4th Annual Lecture by Rami Khouri
Date: 21 Sep 2015

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Will the guns ever fall silent in the Middle East? Prospects for peace, democracy and development

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Launch of The Oxford Companion to the Economics of ...
Date: 14 Aug 2015

MISTRA and Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP), University of Cape Town will jointly co-host the Johannesburg launch of The Oxford Companion to the Economics of South Africa on the 14th August 2015.

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Launch Conference: The Rise and Decline and Rise o ...
Date: 28 Jul 2015

On the 28th July 2015 MISTRA wil launch its research report titled The Rise and Decline and Rise of China: Searching for an Organising Philosophy at the University of Pretoria.

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Roundtables on Energy Choice and History of South ...
Date: 17 Jul 2015

On the 17 July 2015 MISTRA and the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), hosted two parallel roundtables on Energy Choice and South African Innovations.

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MISTRA Occasional Lecture with Mr Anand Sharma
Date: 15 May 2015

The Mapungubwe Institute, in partnership with the University of Johannesburg, will host a lecture by Mr Anand Sharma, a former Minister in the Indian Government and currently Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Indian National Congress) in Rajya Shabha, the Upper House of the Indian Parliament.

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Public engagement for good governance: the role of ...
Date: 11 Mar 2015

The Mapungubwe Institute in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will host a seminar on ‘Public engagement for good governance: the role of the Humanities’ on 11th March 2015

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THE ROLE OF INTELLECTUALS IN THE STATE-SOCIETY NEXUS
Date: 4 Mar 2015

The Mapungubwe Institute and Liliesleaf will jointly convene a roundtable on The Role of Intellectuals in the State-Society Nexus on 4th March 2015.

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MISTRA-TMALI-UNISA International Conference
Date: 12 to 13 Nov 2014

20 Years of South African Democracy: So Where to Now? provides an opportunity for projective reflections into the next two decades of democracy, informed firstly, by historical moments that led to democracy in South Africa.

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Colloquim: EARTH, WIND & FIRE: Unpacking the polit ...
Date: 8 Oct 2014

On the 8th October 2014, MISTRA will be hosting a colloquim entitled, Earth,Wind and Fire which will seek to unpack the political, economic and security implications of the discourse on the Green Economy. The colloquium will take place at The Turbine Hall, Newtown, Johannesburg.

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Harambee "Accelerating inclusive youth employment" ...
Date: 8 to 9 Sep 2014

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Harambee "Accelerating inclusive youth employment" conference,The structure of the economy needs to change to urgently provide jobs for the unemployed youth. This was the message at the National Planning Commission Youth Employment Conference being held in Stellenbosch on 8th and 9th September 2014.

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Launch & Conference: Nation Formation and Social C ...
Date: 14 Aug 2014

Research Project Launch Conference on Nation formation and social cohesion in South Africa: An Enquiry into the Hopes and Aspirations of South Africans

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CUBAN ROUNDTABLE: The logic of the social, econom ...
Date: 24 Jul 2014

The Mapungubwe Institute (MISTRA) would like to invite you to mark the anniversary of Cuba’s National Day by attending a roundtable where the Ambassador of Cuba, His Excellency Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, will lead a discussion on social, economic and political changes in his country over the past ten years.

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MISTRA'S 3rd ANNUAL LECTURE
Date: 10 Jul 2014

On the 10th July 2014, MISTRÁ hosted its 3rd Annual Lecture presented by Ms Graça Machel on the topic: "For Africa to Live, the Nation Must Die? The fluidity of African identity in a Changing Continent"

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JOINT ROUNDTABLE: "Innovations in South Africa: Re ...
Date: 30 Jun 2014

On the 30 June 2014, MISTRA in partnership with the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and SASOL will be hosting a, Blue Economy Roundtable with Prof Gunter Pauli.

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Conference on Research Project on Nation formation ...
Date: 30 May 2014

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The project examines, amongst other things, the different interpretations and meanings that diverse social actors attach to the calls and prospects for Nation Formation and Social Cohesion. The purpose is to examine the efficacy of these concepts to present day South African society.

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Harambee & MISTRA in a learning exchange on youth employment
Date: 25 to 26 Mar 2014

On the 25 and 26 March 2014, the Mapungubwe Institute (MISTRA) in partnership with Harambee hosted an evidence based learning ex-change on youth unemployment in Stellenbosch

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Public Lecture by Mr Yacoob Omar on The Rise of Ma ...
Date: 19 Mar 2014

On the 19th of March 2014, MISTRA Director Operations, Mr Yacoob Abba Omar, will deliver a lecture at the Durban University of Technology , titled "The Rise of the Mapungubwe Institute as a top ten new global think tank"

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Launch of African Transformation Report by the Afr ...
Date: 3 Mar 2014

MISTRA in partnership with the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) launched ACET’s 2013 African Transformation Report in March 2014.

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Launch: Esays on the Evolution of the Post-Apartheid State
Date: 29 Nov 2013

On the 29th November 2013 MISTRA launched its research report, entitled: "Essays on the Evolution of the Post-Apartheid State: Legacies, Reforms and Prospects" .

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Launch & Conference: Poverty Inequality and Patronage
Date: 12 Nov 2013

On the 12th November 2013 MISTRA launched its Research Report on poverty, inequality and patronage, entitled "Patronage Politics Divides Us", marking 18 months of research into patronage politics and its impact on poverty and inequality.

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African State-formation and Bureaucracy in Compara ...
Date: 17 to 18 Sep 2013

The Mapungubwe Institute (MISTRA), Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and held a conference on "African State-formation and Bureaucracy in Comparative Perspective" on the 17th and 18th September 2013.

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South Africa and the Global Hydrogen Economy
Date: 30 Aug 2013

On 30th August 2013 MISTRA launched its Research Report: "South Africa and the Global Hydrogen Economy: The Strategic Role of Platinum Group Metals" at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand.

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Colloquium: Evolution on the Post-Apartheid State
Date: 14 Aug 2013

The Evolution of the South African State research project sets out to understand the historical evolution of the South African state and the impact of this on the inherited state in 1994, as well as the transformation efforts that have been undertaken since 1994. The project will also provide forward-looking insights into possible trajectories for the more effective transformation of the state and its utilisation as an instrument of social transformation. The project is led by Dr Mcebisi Ndletyana, and coordinated by MISTRA researcher David Maimela.

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Colloquium: Nation Formation and Social Cohesion
Date: 15 Jul 2013

MISTRA’s research project on ‘Nation Formation and Social Cohesion’ set out to examine the different interpretations and meanings diverse social actors attach to the prospects of nation formation and social cohesion in South Africa.

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MISTRA 'skaftin' on publishing
Date: 8 Jul 2013

Director of publications from AISA (African Institute of Africa), Mr Solani Ngobeni, presented to the MISTRA team on scholarly publication in South Africa. This skaftin was for the benefit of researchers, many of whom are in need of guidelines and tips on how to successfully publish their works.

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Conference & Launch: Transdisciplinarity
Date: 26 Jun 2013

On Wednesday 26 June 2013 the Mapungubwe Institute launched the its research report on "The concept and application of transdisciplinarity in intellectual discourse and research". Held at the National Research Foundation (NRF) in Pretoria the book launch and conference also marked the completion of the two-year research project on transdisciplinarity.

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The Crisis in the NGO Sector: Critical reflections
Date: 4 Jun 2013

On the 4th June 2013, MISTRA and the Wits Graduate School of Public & Development Management (P&DM) jointly hosted a roundtable on the crisis in the NGO sector.

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Conference: Mapungubwe Reconsidered
Date: 25 May 2013

On Saturday 25 May 2013 the Mapungubwe Institute convened a conference to release the integrated Mapungubwe Research Report, entitled: "Mapungubwe Reconsidered: Exploring beyond the Rise and Decline of the Mapungubwe State". The conference also marked the completion of the two-year research project on the rise and decline of the Mapungubwe state.

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Lecture by Dr Francis Fukuyama
Date: 10 to 15 May 2013

On Friday 10th May 2013 MISTRA in partnership with the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP) at the University of Cape Town hosted a lecture by Prof Francis Fukuyama, author of The End of History and the Last Man (1992), The Origins of Political Order (2011) and other titles.

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MISTRA Skaftin with Young Software Entrepreneurs
Date: 9 May 2013

On the 9th May 2013, MISTRA had the pleasure of engaging with five young South African software entrepreneurs who have made it to the final 133 apps out of almost 800 apps submitted to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space App Challenge competition. This competition was entered by 9000 people from 83 cities in 44 countries.

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Workshop: Growth, job creation and financial stability
Date: 2 May 2013

On the 2nd May 2013 the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection, in partnership with the South African Reserve Bank, hosted Prof Gunter Pauli at a one-day workshop that examined opportunities for sustainable growth and job creation.

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MISTRA Annual Lecture 2013: Beyond Nuremberg: The ...
Date: 18 Mar 2013

MISTRA Annual Lecture 2013: Beyond Nuremberg: The Historical Significance of the Post-Apartheid Transition in South Africa by Prof Mahmood Mamdani

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Kagiso Trust & MISTRA Conversation: Beyers Naude S ...
Date: 3 Oct 2012

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Joint MISTRA-KAGISO TRUST CONVERSATION ON EDUCATION

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Faculty Workshop: Humanity
Date: 21 Aug 2012

​MISTRA's Faculty of Humanity commissioned three research Projects on 21 August 2012

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Launch of "Songs & Secrets" Brooklyn Mall
Date: 2 Aug 2012

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​The launch of 'Songs & Secrets' by MISTRA Director of Operations, Barry Gilder at Brooklyn Mall 02 August 2012

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New Research Projects: Faculty of Political Economy
Date: 31 Jul 2012

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​A workshop held on 31 July 2012 at Cedar Park Conference Centre, by MISTRA's Faculty of Politlcal Economy.

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Salvatore 'Skaftin': The Effectiveness of the Impl ...
Date: 13 Jun 2012

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​Skaftien with MISTRA Fellow, Prof Dominick Salvatore on the effectiveness of the implemented measures to reverse the economic recession

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Transdisciplinary Nature of the Arts
Date: 7 Jun 2012

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A meeting was held at the Goodman Gallery

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MISTRA Roundtable: Interrogating Methodologies on ...
Date: 2 Apr 2012

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MISTRA convenes a Roundtable discussion to interrogate methodologies used in determining levels of economic activity in South Africa.

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Inaugural Annual Lecture by Prof Thandika Mkandawire
Date: 29 Mar 2012

Building the African State in the Age of Globalisation: the Role of Social Compacts and Lessons for South Africa is the publication of MISTRA's 2012 Inaugural Annual Lecture by Professor Thandika Mkandawire of the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Institute for Future Studies (Stockholm).

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Arithmetic of Savings Workshop November 2011
Date: 11 Oct 2011

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MISTRA’s research on South Africa savings behaviour to understand current and historic economic horizons in both South African households and the financial industry, entitled,

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MISTRA Archives

Transdisciplinarity Wo . . .

South Africa has made significant inroads in solidifying its democratic dispensation and in opening up space for social self-realisation. Nonetheless, multi-layered challenges remain in many sectors of society and require innovative tools of analysis and solutions.

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Interrogating Methodol . . .

MISTRA convened a roundtable discussion to interrogate methodologies used in determining levels of economic activity in South Africa, encompassing employment, unemployment and self-employment. Despite the progress made in improving labour statistics, debate on the accuracy of the data has continued to rage.

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