Asian Aspiration - The Podcast

Asian Aspiration - The Podcast

By The Brenthurst Foundation
The Asian Aspiration Podcast brings a series of thought-provoking and practical insights from the book ‘The Asian Aspiration: Why Africa Should Emulate Asia, And How it Shouldn’t.’

Through conversations with the co-authors, policy-makers, political actors and topic experts, we talk through the practical implications of Asia’s story for Africa’s challenges in the 21st century.

The series features Marie-Noelle Nwokolo as the host and regular appearances by the co-authors Emily van der Merwe and Greg Mills.
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Episode Ten: Wrapping up the Asian Aspiration podcast: The call to action
The final episode of this series Asian Aspiration - The Podcast, we discuss with authors Dr Greg Mills and Emily van der Merwe the practical insights from the book and what it means to learn from Asia.  We are also joined by Zitto Kabwe, Tanzanian opposition leader, to understand some of the pressing challenges Africa will have to overcome in the current global context, what that requires practically, and how the Asian experience can be instructive in this regard. Finally we end with a quick fire round...who can get their words out first? To get your copy of 'The Asian Aspiration' pre-order here: https://theasianaspiration.com/pre-order/ and more information about The Brenthurst Foundation can be found here: http://thebrenthurstfoundation.org/ Finally, be sure to follow us on social media @BrenthurstF on Twitter, Brenthurst Foundation on Facebook and brenthurstfoundation on Instagram.
35:13
May 20, 2020
Episode Nine: The Green Growth Imperative. Can Africa take a different path to Asia’s?
In this week’s episode of the podcast we tackle one of the biggest conundrums facing Africa: how do we develop whilst avoiding the pitfalls of the ‘industrialised’ world. Host Marie-Noelle Nwokolo interviews a number Africans who are working to find development solutions that protect and promote natural resources, and recognise their integral economic value. Tune in to hear from: Dr Yemi Katerere, Chairman of Manicaland Bioenergy and former leader of Ecological Futures at WWF; Dr Morné du Plessis, CEO of WWF South Africa (@WWFSouthAfrica); Ruth Mthembu and Sandile Ntuli (@TweetAtRuthy) from the Youth4MPAS (@y4mpas_sa) and Wild Oceans SA (@WILDOCEANSSA) movement and finally former PM of Ethiopia and co-author of  The Asian Aspiration, Hailemariam Desalegn. To get your copy of 'The Asian Aspiration' pre-order here: https://theasianaspiration.com/pre-order/ and more information about The Brenthurst Foundation can be found here: http://thebrenthurstfoundation.org/ Finally, be sure to follow us on social media @BrenthurstF on Twitter, Brenthurst Foundation on Facebook and brenthurstfoundation on Instagram.
41:33
May 13, 2020
Youth Leadership: The public sector, what’s that again?
In this episode, we go back to the conversation about youth leadership in Africa, and ask why some African youth seem to prefer the private to public sector when it comes to their careers and the value of governments engaging with the youth.  Our guests include; former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Faith Mwachinga a consultant at Dalberg, Zimbabwe's Opposition Leader Nelson Chamisa, Dr David Monyae Co-Director of the University of Johannesburg Confucius Institute and Development consultant and former student leader Faith Pienaar. To get your copy of 'The Asian Aspiration' pre-order here: https://theasianaspiration.com/pre-order/ and more information about The Brenthurst Foundation can be found here: http://thebrenthurstfoundation.org/ Finally, be sure to follow us on social media @BrenthurstF on Twitter, Brenthurst Foundation on Facebook and brenthurstfoundation on Instagram.
15:53
May 6, 2020
Bonus Episode - Live Webinar
John Maytham (Cape Talk, Afternoon Drive) hosts a discussion with three of the book’s authors around the theme, “What can Asia teach us about responding to a crisis?” - A discussion befitting of the strange times we find ourselves in. To get your copy of 'The Asian Aspiration' pre-order here: https://theasianaspiration.com/pre-order/ and more information about The Brenthurst Foundation can be found here: http://thebrenthurstfoundation.org/ Finally, be sure to follow us on social media @BrenthurstF on Twitter, Brenthurst Foundation on Facebook and brenthurstfoundation on Instagram.
41:44
April 25, 2020
Episode Eight - Youth Leadership in Africa: Where are our young people at?
In this episode, we talk about the problems with leadership in Africa, and ask why our leaders are so old if our populations are so young.  Our guest is Kaene Disepo, a youth leader from Botswana. To get your copy of 'The Asian Aspiration' pre-order here: https://theasianaspiration.com/pre-order/ and more information about The Brenthurst Foundation can be found here: http://thebrenthurstfoundation.org/ Finally, be sure to follow us on social media @BrenthurstF on Twitter, Brenthurst Foundation on Facebook and brenthurstfoundation on Instagram.
21:13
April 15, 2020
Episode Seven - State-led or private sector-led development? Who’s the adult in the room?
In Episode 7, Marie-Noelle speaks to Jonathan Oppenheimer about why the private sector is co-responsible for development in Africa, and what government can do to make it easier for them. We bust the myth of “state-led development” and look at the ways in which governments, business and society can interact to achieve Africa’s development goals. To get your copy of 'The Asian Aspiration' pre-order here: https://theasianaspiration.com/pre-order/ and more information about The Brenthurst Foundation can be found here: http://thebrenthurstfoundation.org/ Finally, be sure to follow us on social media @BrenthurstF on Twitter, Brenthurst Foundation on Facebook and brenthurstfoundation on Instagram.
25:49
April 8, 2020
Episode Six: Comparing Africa and Asia: Apples and Orange
Emily & Marie-Noelle braved a JHB thunderstorm to record this week's episode! Listen in as they discuss how Asia is dealing with the recent Coronavirus epidemic and what that tells us about the bigger question of development. Our guests today are David Monyae, Confucius Institute, The University of Johannesburg, Joe Studwell, journalist and author of How Asia Works, Hailemariam Desalegn, co-author and former PM, Ethiopia, and Tendai Biti, former Minister of Finance, Zimbabwe. To get your copy of 'The Asian Aspiration' pre-order here: https://theasianaspiration.com/pre-order/ and more information about The Brenthurst Foundation can be found here: http://thebrenthurstfoundation.org/  Finally, be sure to follow us on social media @BrenthurstF on Twitter, Brenthurst Foundation on Facebook and brenthurstfoundation on Instagram.
26:38
April 1, 2020
Trailer: Asian Aspiration - The Podcast
The Asian Aspiration Podcast brings a series of thought-provoking and practical insights from the book ‘The Asian Aspiration: Why Africa Should Emulate Asia, And How it Shouldn’t.’ Through conversations with the co-authors, policy-makers, political actors and topic experts, we talk through the practical implications of Asia’s story for Africa’s challenges in the 21st century. The series features Marie-Noelle Nwokolo as the host and regular appearances by the co-authors Emily van der Merwe and Greg Mills.
01:33
March 27, 2020
Bonus Episode: COVID-19, and how the times are a-changin’
Our guest for this special episode is Professor Wilmot James, who teaches at the Columbia Medical Centre in New York. We asked him what the most effective national response to Corona is, what we can learn from the Asian tigers, and what permanent change we can expect from this. Professor James (with The Brenthurst Foundation) also recently released “Vital Signs – Health security in South Africa”, which looks at the country’s readiness to react to existential threats like COVID-19. Download the book here: http://thebrenthurstfoundation.org/workspace/files/vital-signs-ebook-pdf.pdf To get your copy of 'The Asian Aspiration' pre-order here: https://theasianaspiration.com/pre-order/ and more information about The Brenthurst Foundation can be found here: http://thebrenthurstfoundation.org/ Finally, be sure to follow us on social media @BrenthurstF on Twitter, Brenthurst Foundation on Facebook and brenthurstfoundation on Instagram.
22:59
March 25, 2020
Episode Five: Foreign aid in Africa: Help or Hindrance?
In episode 5, we take a critical look at foreign aid on the continent. We compare the experience in Asia, particularly Vietnam, with Africa. Our guests are Jordan Ryan, former Vice President for Peace at the Carter Center, and Moeketsi Majoro, Minister of Finance for Lesotho. To get your copy of 'The Asian Aspiration' pre-order here: https://theasianaspiration.com/pre-order/ and more information about The Brenthurst Foundation can be found here: http://thebrenthurstfoundation.org/ Finally, be sure to follow us on social media @BrenthurstF on Twitter, Brenthurst Foundation on Facebook and brenthurstfoundation on Instagram.
24:31
March 18, 2020
Episode Four: The Authoritarianism Myth in Africa
In this week’s episode, we investigate the divergent experiences in African and Asia in terms of leadership and governance. Our guests are Jordan Ryan, former Vice President for Peace at the Carter Center, and Kingsley Moghalu, 2018 Nigerian presidential candidate. The authors of the book also weigh in on whether democracy can work in Africa. To get your copy of 'The Asian Aspiration' pre-order here: https://theasianaspiration.com/pre-order/ and more information about The Brenthurst Foundation can be found here: http://thebrenthurstfoundation.org/ Finally, be sure to follow us on social media @BrenthurstF on Twitter, Brenthurst Foundation on Facebook and brenthurstfoundation on Instagram.
18:09
March 11, 2020
BONUS Episode - Alpha
This bonus episode of Asian Aspiration - The Podcast gives a bit more background about the authors and process for the book; President Olusegun Obasanjo, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Dr Greg Mills and Emily van der Merwe.  To get your copy of 'The Asian Aspiration' pre-order here: https://theasianaspiration.com/pre-order/ and more information about The Brenthurst Foundation can be found here: http://thebrenthurstfoundation.org/ Finally, be sure to follow us on social media @BrenthurstF on Twitter, Brenthurst Foundation on Facebook and brenthurstfoundation on Instagram.
12:28
March 6, 2020
Episode Three: Getting The Basics Right
Episode three is all about Getting the Basics Right. We discuss the myth of “leapfrogging” and ask whether it is important that Africa follow the same steps as Asia in terms of Education and Agriculture. Featuring an interview with award-winning author Joe Studwell. The Podcast is presented by Marie-Noelle Nwokolo and this episode features interviews with the book's authors; Dr Greg Mills and Emily van der Merwe. To get your copy of 'The Asian Aspiration' pre-order here: https://theasianaspiration.com/pre-order/ and more information about The Brenthurst Foundation can be found here: http://thebrenthurstfoundation.org/ Finally, be sure to follow us on social media @BrenthurstF on Twitter, Brenthurst Foundation on Facebook and brenthurstfoundation on Instagram.
16:47
March 4, 2020
Episode Two: Don’t Lose A Good Crisis
What is a national crisis and how can it be turned into an opportunity?  This episode looks at how Africa’s leaders have to adopt a similar sense of urgency as Asia does, if they are to ensure that their countries not only survive but prosper in the face of the huge demographic changes they face. Including interviews with former Prime Minister of Ethiopia and co-author Hailemariam Desalegn, and Zimbabwe's opposition leaders Nelson Chamisa and Tendai Biti, who know more than most about crisis, we explore how what might appear a disaster can be an opportunity for Africa's development.  To get your copy of 'The Asian Aspiration' pre-order here: https://theasianaspiration.com/pre-order/ and more information about The Brenthurst Foundation can be found here: http://thebrenthurstfoundation.org/ Finally, be sure to follow us on social media @BrenthurstF on Twitter, Brenthurst Foundation on Facebook and brenthurstfoundation on Instagram.
14:51
February 26, 2020
Episode One: Why This Book and Why Now?
To accompany the publication of The Asian Aspiration, we are proud to present Asian Aspiration - The Podcast.  Each episode will explore themes from the book with a range of guests including former President of Sierra Leone His Excellency Ernest Koroma, former Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn, Mmusi Maimane, Tendai Biti, Joe Studwell, Ambassador Shu Zhan and many more. Taking you through our research journey figuratively and literally, we hope by the end to have some answers to the question of Why Africa Should Emulate Asia, And How it Shouldn’t.  The Podcast is presented by Marie-Noelle Nwokolo and this episode features interviews with the book's authors; Dr Greg Mills and Emily van der Merwe.  To get your copy of 'The Asian Aspiration' pre-order here: https://theasianaspiration.com/pre-order/ and more information about The Brenthurst Foundation can be found here: http://thebrenthurstfoundation.org/ Finally, be sure to follow us on social media @BrenthurstF on Twitter, Brenthurst Foundation on Facebook and brenthurstfoundation on Instagram.
14:26
February 17, 2020