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Saliem Fakir

Saliem Fakir

Fakir is interim executive director of the African Climate Foundation –

Green hydrogen - reflections on the new green gold

20th January 2023 South Africa had its first investor and policy summit in Cape Town in late November when President Cyril Ramaphosa opened the hydrogen conference.... 

Lost and damaged: reflections on COP27

16th December 2022 Yes, I was in Sharm El Shaik, Egypt, attending the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change... 

Value of stability for political and economic progress

11th November 2022 Stability can be a recurrent fable that we tell ourselves that we have in order to preserve the idea of the ‘good’ life – sometimes at the expense... 


Extraction: it’s everywhere and on everything

7th October 2022 “We live not only in a market economy but more generally in a market society – that is to say, a space of civilisation where all human relations... 

Europe’s gas addiction undermining Africa’s energy transition

9th September 2022 The sad thing about the Russia-Ukraine war is that the 1.5 oC-aligned energy transition looks set to be interrupted once again. We are here today... 

Reflections on ESG, net zero and corporate citizenship

12th August 2022 It is important to locate environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals and net-zero targets in the context of corporate citizenship today.... 

Inflation, climate change and fossil fuels – we enter a new crisis

29th July 2022 Who would have thought that we would enter a new inflationary era? Even US Federal Reserve chairperson Janet Yellen was caught off guard by the... 

Africa can decarbonise faster than the rest of the world

3rd June 2022 It is oxymoronic to talk of Africa decarbonising – with the exception of South Africa and a few other countries, the continent has the lowest per... 

The basis for good judgment: can we really know?

6th May 2022 Over the past decade, I have been engaged in an inquiry into the nature of judgment, given that I have had the privilege of setting up new entities... 

Ukraine and the geopolitics of energy

8th April 2022 “It takes two mirrors for the correct image of one’s self” (Diary of Patricia Highsmith, 1968). By now we are all aware of Russia’s invasion of... 

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