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Entrepreneurship in Africa

Entrepreneurship in Africa is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, enterprise support organisations (ESOs) have been hailed for pioneering a new continental innovation era of technology entrepreneurship. On the other hand, some scholars have criticized ESOs for lacking an accompanying development perspective in their varied efforts and approaches. Specifically, it has been pointed out

Accelerating the Transition to a Sustainable Ocean Economy

The COVID-19 crisis has brought into sharp focus the interconnected nature of people and the environment. This is particularly true of the ocean, which is integral to human well-being and a thriving world economy.  As multiple stressors threaten the ocean, shifts in governance are needed to ensure the continued contribution of the ocean to people.

Systemic change, complexity and development

In this dialogue, Dr Jean Boulton (Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath), lead author of Embracing Complexity, is in conversation with Prof Belinda Reyers (GRAID, Stockholm Resilience Centre and Future Africa, Univ Pretoria). They explore how complexity thinking can inform our understanding of how change comes about, and, based on

Looking for the connections: Dr Rika Preiser

As the last to arrive in a family of eight siblings, Dr Rika Preiser has since childhood learnt much about the complexities, interactions, dynamics and undercurrents associated with larger networks or organizations. Today she is a senior researcher at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, under the auspices of Stellenbosch University's School of Public

Young South Africans want to farm, but the system isn’t ready for them

Persistent unemployment has become synonymous with the youth experience across South Africa. Youth unemployment rates are almost four times higher than the regional average – 62% of South Africans between 15 and 35 years are unemployed and of these 60% have never been employed. Add to this the fact that even those who have jobs are earning below what is considered to

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