CCS in the Media

SA could model its land reform on the success achieved in South Korea

24 July 2017

Legal land distribution and rural development are crucial economic growth tools for poverty reduction, especially in the wake of the country’s recent ratings downgrades, writes Dr Yejoo Kim.

The key areas have been listed throughout the 15 chapters of the National Development Plan. This article, in particular, places “an integrated and inclusive rural economy” (Chapter 6) at the centre of the analysis, and outlines the importance of land reform and rural development as an economic growth tool.

While land has been highly politicised, the importance and effects of land reform have been largely overlooked notes Dr Kim. [Continue reading] 

Is China the new lodestar for Africa’s students?

Picture111 April 2017

Within the global context, 20th century higher education has been dominated by institutions of the Global North. With the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent spread of market economies to the Global South, a growing band of elites hankered to attend fabled institutions such as Oxford, Harvard, the Sorbonne or at least to secure themselves a tertiary education in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and the like. As anyone who has worked in higher education, either in the Euro-American sphere or beyond, knows, the aforementioned countries function as brands, in and of themselves. For example, when I worked as a lecturer in Taiwan, hardly anyone in the faculty had a PhD from Taiwan; they mostly attended US institutions, with the remainder from the United Kingdom and France. If you had a PhD from Taiwan, it seemed as if you didn’t stand much of a chance.

While the African context, broadly speaking, is not as extreme a case as Taiwan, these centres have long functioned as the gravity points of African scholarly pilgrimage – for the lucky few, in practice; for most, in the imagination. But this is changing. [Continue reading] 

South Africa Expert: BRICS cooperation to promote sustained growth in Africa

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Research Fellow, Dr. Emmanuel Igbinoba, was recently interviewed by on BRICS cooperation to promote sustainable growth in Africa.  [Watch interview on v.ifeng news here]


Why is China buying up the global supply of donkeys?

29 September 2016cnn-logo-white

Gelatin produced from donkey hide is a key ingredient of one of China’s favorite traditional remedies, known as ejiao, which is used to treat a range of ailments from colds to insomnia.  But as the rising power shifts towards advanced industry and away from traditional agriculture, donkeys are in decline. State statistics show the population has fallen from 11 million to six million over the last 20 years. China is now increasingly looking to Africa to boost its stocks, and imports donkeys from countries across the continent. But flourishing trade has hit several roadblocks. [Continue reading]

凝聚全球治理“杭州共识” / Unite global governance “Hangzhou Consensus” – Zhejiang News

2016年9月4日 / 04 September 2016

本报杭州9月3日讯 (记者 王庆丽 陆遥 陈颖 白丽媛 李知政) 这是一项凝聚着500多位国际工商界代表实践经验和理性思考的智慧结晶;这更是一份旨在推动全球经济强劲、可持续和平衡增长的宝贵建议。 围绕G20峰会主题与议题,今年B20就“创新增长方式”“更高效的全球经济金融治理”“强劲的国际贸易和投资”“推动包容联动式发展”四方面提出政策建议,形成《2016年B20政策建议报告》(以下简称《报告》),为G20出台全球增长对策和全球治理方案建言献策。
As reported in a Hangzhou newspaper on September 3 (by reporters: Wang Qingli, Chen Ying, Lu Bai Liyuan, and Lee Ji Zheng) the B20 is a crystallization of more than 500 representatives with international business experience, aimed at promoting a global economy with a strong, sustainable and balanced growth.  Around the G20 summit themes and topics, this year’s B20 proposed four areas of policy recommendations to form a ‘2016 B20 policy recommendations report’, the G20 issued a global growth strategy, a global governance program and made suggestions on “innovative growth”, “more efficient global economic and financial governance”, “strong international trade and investment” and the promotion of  “inclusive joint development”  [Continue reading]