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The need for grit – industrialism in Africa

By: Saliem Fakir     10th September 2021 Extractive industries offer no long-term solution for countries that continue to rely on their natural resources as levers for an economic boost;... 

Of insurrection, malls and hunger

By: Saliem Fakir     27th August 2021 We have been made to believe the narrative that things were under control When, in July, looting and rioting broke out in KwaZulu-Natal and parts... 

Intersectional issues in renewables: the race debate in the energy sector

By: Saliem Fakir     16th July 2021 We must guard against the idea that green means socially responsible and equitable. Green and optimum social outcomes are not synonymous;... 

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The private versus the public: living within the hierarchical system

By: Saliem Fakir     18th June 2021 Societies that are most vulnerable to economic piracy need countervailing forces to protect them from those who deliberately pursue actions... 

Gas-exporting countries in Africa and the problem of a displacement equivalent

By: Saliem Fakir     14th May 2021 The public discourse around gas is intensifying. Climate activists have now made gas – which has been touted as being better than coal and a... 

Climate finance and the political economy of finance

By: Saliem Fakir     9th April 2021 In his book, Feline Philosophy, which is about what cats can teach humans, John Gray points us to a few lessons. One of these is pertinent to what... 

The tragedy of abundant resources

By: Saliem Fakir     12th March 2021 The coming into being of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) is giving momentum to an idea that has been very long in the making – a... 

The politics of knowledge production

By: Saliem Fakir     12th February 2021 It has been an interest of mine for a long time – this question concerning the production of knowledge systems. The part that I will not focus on... 

Political economy of the just transitions in Africa 

By: Saliem Fakir     22nd January 2021 The term ‘just transition’ may seem a neologism, but in reality it is not so new. It originated from the depths of US labour movement struggles in... 

The framing problem and judgment– how to be aware of how not to frame

By: Saliem Fakir     4th December 2020 For the human mind to cope with the world, it has to develop a set of frames of the world, or what can also be called heuristics. These sets of... 

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