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Saliem Fakir

Saliem Fakir

Fakir is interim executive director of the African Climate Foundation –

Climate resilience: optimising strategies against uncertainty

9th October 2020 Climate resilience in Africa can only be optimised if other forms of social protection work in concert. This means you may not achieve success,... 

Industrial development in Africa – from theory to practice

11th September 2020 I recently participated in a panel discussion on industrial development in Central and West Africa, organised by the United Nations Economic... 

When facts matter and when they don’t

7th August 2020 It is common wisdom that, if you have evidence, that evidence should speak for itself. But the history of knowledge and ‘factfulness’ shows that... 


Social engineering is not just a socialist thing

10th July 2020 ‘Social engineering’ is seen in some circles as a swear phrase and associated with socialism – meaning surrendering individual sovereignty into... 

The Michael Moore view of the world

12th June 2020 Michael Moore’s documentary, Planet of the Humans (a play on the Anthropocene age), following his namesake, Roger Moore, in the James Bond 007... 

Economic lessons from Covid-19

8th May 2020 The current pandemic is not a black swan. Those who have been warning about it call it a white swan. Human history is replete with episodes of... 

Economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic

10th April 2020 There is a lot to learn from the Covid-19 pandemic for climate change, both in terms of how systemic disruption in one part of the world can... 

Why I don’t aspire to be a Twitterati

27th March 2020 Somebody asked me the other day if I had a Twitter accounT. I have never fancied myself as a serious fan of Twitter. I am quite cautious about... 

Securing the electricity grid from attack

21st February 2020 As the intensity of global geopolitics increases in what is fast becoming a multipolar world, different risks within an energy system have to be... 

Climate crisis – there is no safe place anymore

31st January 2020 There is a certain irony that, while the Paris Agreement was being debated in Madrid and going through its slow motion of nonaction towards the end... 

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