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Climate change post COP 28

By: Saliem Fakir     16th February 2024 You must have felt a bit of a daze with the cacophony of announcements at the twenty-eighth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations... 

The value of tacit knowledge for economic success

By: Saliem Fakir     26th January 2024 Michael Polanyi, the brother of the famous Karl Polanyi (the writer of The Great Transformation), says in his book, Tacit Knowledge, that “we can... 

Of policy wonks, Utopians and realists

By: Saliem Fakir     15th December 2023 Policy wonks like me are in the business of persuasion and perhaps a little grandstanding. The picture of the world we want has to be a different... 

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Fractured trade, inflation and prospects for climate action

By: Saliem Fakir     17th November 2023 The world is in a very different place to where it was when the World Trade Organisation (WTO) came into being in 1995: geopolitics and geoeconomic... 

Climate summits are about both reality and unreality

By: Saliem Fakir     13th October 2023 Climate gatherings are traditional stomping grounds where calls for radical change can be met with lukewarm or whimsical responses, but you can be... 

Technocene – the age where technology takes over the world

By: Saliem Fakir     15th September 2023 The concept of ‘technocene’ is not novel; in fact, there are lots of writings on this concept. The Technocene age holds the premise that we are not... 

Transitions and the politics of national sovereignty

By: Saliem Fakir     18th August 2023 One of my favourite childhood authors was the science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke, the author of 2001 Space Odyssey – which was later turned... 

Antidevelopment – the paradox of development

By: Saliem Fakir     7th July 2023 It has been said by some that those who desire to ensure we have a more sustainable planet and oppose fossil fuels are antidevelopment. Indeed, the... 

The problem with dogma

By: Saliem Fakir     16th June 2023 “Bad ideas matter. They have their own coherence and own power”. These words are attributable to Timothy Snyder, a US historian who specialises in... 

Dullness versus the creative: prospects for development and human wellbeing

By: Saliem Fakir     19th May 2023 Africa’s problem is not fossil fuels or the continent’s dependence on raw land and minerals but the lack of capacity to transition from these... 

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