UNESCO Future Forum "Imagining Africa’s Future: Beyond Models of Catch-up and Convergence"

When, local time: 
Monday, 11 March 2013 -
10:00am to 1:00pm
Where: 
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Contact: 
l.tinio@unesco.org
This Future Forum will explore two questions: <br /><br />First, to what extent is current speculation about the future of Africa rooted in models that by definition sketch a terrain over which others have passed before and it is now imagined that Africa will speed along in order to catch-up? In other words are people looking at the present through a future that is simply an extrapolation of past experience with industrialization?<br /><br />Second, can the contours of distinctive models of societal organization begin to be discerned and do the images of the future based on these new models offer different insights into the potential of the present for identifying choices and taking action? Are new models, specific to the realities of highly distinctive societies, being invented in order to think about the future? What do these new models reveal about opportunities in the present?<br /><br />PANELISTS:<br />Charles Chukwuma Soludo - Former Nigerian Central Bank Governor<br />Mwayila Tshiyembe - Director of the Institute of Panafrican Geopolitics, University of Nancy<br />Charles Robertson, Global Chief Economist, Head of Macro-strategy, Renaissance Capital, Lead author of “The Fastest Billion” (http://www.fastestbillion.com/)<br /><br />WEBCAST LINK:<br />mms://stream.unesco.org/live/room_4_en.wmv<br /><br />The interpretation of proceedings serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic record of the proceedings. Only the original speech is authentic.