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Can local voices change the course of the developmental trajectory in Madagascar?

30 October 2015  | Latest News  | Africa Institute of South Africa

A team of HSRC researchers comprising of Mr Check Achu, Dr Palesa Sekhejane, Dr Olivia Lwabukuna, and Mr Frank Lekaba recently concluded a research field trip to Antananarivo, Madagascar. The research was carried out under the all-encompassing theme of ‘Local voices within the African Structural Transformation paradigm: Lessons from Madagascar and South Africa'.

Attracting women and girls to careers in physics

29 October 2015  | Latest News  | Africa Institute of South Africa

Statistics show that around the world the number of women in physics drops sharply when approaching postgraduate level. What are the barriers that hinder their success in physics?, and what can be done about that?, ask Portia Tshigoli, Rodney Managa and Palesa Sekhejane.

The Africa we want: call for abstracts

The 10th edition of the AYGS conference will be held at the University of Limpopo from the 14 to 17 March 2016 under the theme The Africa we want. It will focus on culture with its many aspects and dimensions, and the role that culture plays in sustainable development, peace and good governance, as well as integration on the continent.

Central African Republic President Mrs Catherine Samba Panza hosts info day in Pretoria

The Embassy of the Central African Republic (CAR) to South Africa in collaboration with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) cordially invite you to the Central African Republic Information Day.
Titled Central African Republic: From Crisis to Peace and Sustainable Development – The Way Forward, this rare occasion will be addressed by CAR President, H.E. Mrs Catherine Samba Panza.

Home Affairs minister to speak at the meeting of African academics

As part of Africa month celebrations in South Africa, Minister of Home Affairs, Honourable Malusi Gigaba will address delegates from numerous African countries at the 5th African Unity for Renaissance Conference and Africa Day Expo.  The theme for the conference is: “2015 and Beyond: Engaging Agenda 2063”.

As part of Africa month celebrations in South Africa, Minister of Home Affairs, Honourable Malusi Gigaba will address delegates from numerous African countries at the 5th African Unity for Renaissance Conference and Africa Day Expo.  The theme for the conference is: “2015 and Beyond: Engaging Agenda 2063”.

Following the government’s recent significant efforts in dealing with the attacks directed towards foreign nationals, Minister Gigaba will engage African academics on issues related to finding sound solutions for Africa's developmental challenges.

- See more at: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/media-briefs/aisa/african-unity-2015#sthash.8g8A3FCi.dpuf

As part of Africa month celebrations in South Africa, Minister of Home Affairs, Honourable Malusi Gigaba will address delegates from numerous African countries at the 5th African Unity for Renaissance Conference and Africa Day Expo.  The theme for the conference is: “2015 and Beyond: Engaging Agenda 2063”.

Following the government’s recent significant efforts in dealing with the attacks directed towards foreign nationals, Minister Gigaba will engage African academics on issues related to finding sound solutions for Africa's developmental challenges.

- See more at: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/media-briefs/aisa/african-unity-2015#sthash.8g8A3FCi.dpuf

Closing remarks, Gender Summit Africa

Globalisation of science, of business, of environmental, economic, health, food, and transportation challenges creates an opportunity to address national and international needs.

Gender Summit 5 Africa 2015 media briefing

The CEO of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Prof Olive Shisana together with the Minister in the Presidency responsible Women, Ms Susan Shabangu will on Monday, 20 April brief members of the media about the first global Gender Summit on the African continent relating to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields.

Building Africa's future with science that is inclusive of women

Elsevier's online platform Elsevier Connect featured a front page story about the Gender Summit this week. This online platform features daily stories for the global science, health and technology communities, and is shared via a broad social media community. Contributors are experts in the field as well as Elsevier colleagues.

S&T, infrastructure, capital and skills could lead to material benefits also for women

The Gender Summit in Africa is going to stimulate meaningful conversations that will ensure that the research agenda is strengthened and also it will help us to reflect on how science, technology, infrastructure, capital and skills could lead to material benefits also for women. The Gender Summit-Africa will be able to take a fresh look at gender issues in knowledge making based on science.

Issue-Based Politics vs Personality-Based Politics: A Tale of Two Nations

There is a difference between a political environment characterised mostly by issue-based politics and one characterised by personality-based politics. However, the two cannot be entirely separated. In cases where the Big Man syndrome has kicked in, we see that the personality of the person in charge overrides the issues at hand. In South Africa, although issues have largely defined politics, there has also been a great focus on personality-based politics.

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