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The Brenthurst Foundation Podcast

The Brenthurst Foundation Podcast

By The Brenthurst Foundation
Through conversations with policy-makers, political actors, academics and topic experts, we talk through the development challenges facing Africa and some of the solutions on offer for economic growth and prosperity.

The series features Marie-Noelle Nwokolo as the host and regular appearances by the co-authors of The Brenthurst Foundation's publications; Emily van der Merwe and Dr Greg Mills.
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Financing Africa’s growth – a chat with Dr Yakama Manty Jones
The Brenthurst Foundation presents an interview with Dr Yakama Manty Jones, Director of Research and Delivery Division at the Ministry of Finance in Sierra Leone. Yakama reflects on the financing options that are available and need to be harnessed by Africa’s leaders to sponsor its development. She also shares some insights on what makes Public Private Partnerships(PPPs) work in Africa.
38:46
October 20, 2021
Developing a new narrative for growth: A chat with President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia
Over the past couple of years, Zambia has been in the news but not for flattering reasons: mounting debt and increasing mismanagement of the country's macroeconomic indicators. Today, the narrative has turned as many see a different future with newly-elected President Hakainde Hichilema. In this episode, he sits with The Brenthurst Foundation to discuss Zambia's current economic situation and his aspirations for making Zambia a better place to do business. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
08:31
October 13, 2021
On good leadership and deepening democracy in Africa: a chat with Riva Levinson
In today’s episode, Riva Levinson of KRL International joins Marie-Noelle in discussing good political leadership, what it takes to deepen democracy and accountability in Africa, and her journey supporting Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s bid for Presidency. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation #democracy #goodleadership #Africa #COVID19
45:44
September 29, 2021
Youth Leadership in Africa: Why are Africa's leaders so old if it's populations are so young?
Young people across the world are well adept to 21st Century life and issues which come with it, making them well-equipped to take positions of power. However, when it comes to Africa, do the young of today lack the initiative to uptake these positions? Why are its populations so young yet its leaders so old?  This week, we re-visit a conversation Marie-Noelle had with youth leader Kaene Disepo, in which he tries to unpick these questions and understand the issue at hand.  Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
21:44
September 22, 2021
Resilience and Adaptation: How the SA Future Trust supported SMME's through the pandemic
The SA Future Trust was was established in March 2020 with a view to provide financial support to SMME's across the country. One and a half years on, how has it helped support the people of South Africa and what further impact can it have? Marie-Noelle caught up with Ashleigh Fynn-Munda, Social Investment Associate at Oppenheimer Generations Philanthropy, to discuss the recent release of the SA Future Trust's SMME Report to look into these questions and understand more about how the Trust works.  Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
23:50
September 15, 2021
When the cameras stop rolling: A life in journalism with Daniel Makokera
What’s it like meeting those in power? How are they really when the camera’s are turned off? What does it taketo become a top African journalist? This week, Marie-Noelle speaks to Daniel Makokera, a veteran newscaster who, for the last two decades, has travelled the continent asking questions to some of the most powerful leaders across Africa. Daniel has learnt a lot during his career, about the continent, about leadership, about human nature. Here, he shares some of that, as well as his top tips for young journalists wanting to tell the African story. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
38:08
September 8, 2021
A Masterclass in designing a fit for purpose foreign policy for South Africa with Peter Fabricius
South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) recognises that it needs to focus more on economic diplomacy, including upskilling its diplomats to promote trade and investment. But this work needs to go further if South Africa is to pursue a foreign policy fit for economic growth and prosperity. There is a broad consensus that it needs to better coordinate the different elements - including business - which have a role to play in economic diplomacy, broadly defined. One way of doing this, according to Peter Fabricius, would be to merge Dirco and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition into one department managing South Africa’s economic relations. That would be a big step towards a SA Inc. And it might free trade from the dubious grip of industrial policy makers. Marie-Noelle caught up with the veteran journalist to find out more.  The idea for this conversation came from a discussion paper Peter wrote for the Foundation, which you can read here. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
28:51
September 1, 2021
Afghanistan After the West’s Withdrawal
Between 2001 and 2019, two million men and women from abroad served in Afghanistan, and more than $2 trillion was expended, an extraordinary, once-in-a-generation commitment of resources to a poor country, a staggering opportunity cost. The Western withdrawal from Afghanistan, set to be complete by September 11 2021, has gone hand-in-hand with a narrative of defeat, repeated so often it’s in danger of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy, one damaging to Western moral authority and the value of its alliance. Dr Greg Mills is joined in conversation with Rory Stewart, Former Secretary of State for International Development of the United Kingdom and Yale University Fellow, and Dr David Kilcullen, author, strategist, and counterinsurgency expert, as they discuss what the future might hold for the people of Afghanistan. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
01:03:49
August 25, 2021
Averting South Africa's Political Crisis: Is UBI the answer?
The recent unrest that took hold across parts of South Africa, following the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma, put inequality back in the spotlight. While some put the blame squarely on the Zuma faction within the ruling ANC, it is clear that, out on the streets, there was a boiling resentment fed by the government's failure to deliver basic public services. This week, Marie-Noelle sat down with the Foundation's Machel-Mandela fellow, Gugu Resha, to learn more about her experiences growing up in South Africa, and whether the debate surrounding universal basic income, which gained new traction following the chaos, has any merit. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
45:04
August 18, 2021
Improving Nigeria’s business environment: A chat with Dr Jumoke Oduwole
The Ease of Doing Business indicator is a system that ranks the regulatory environment of countries around the world. Over time, the ranking, collated by the World Bank, has amassed considerable influence over business regulation as countries have sought to improve their score to attract investment. This week, Marie-Noelle spoke to Dr Jumoke Oduwole, who serves as Special Advisor to the President of Nigeria on the Ease of Doing Business, about how the business environment has improved there and what more needs to be done to attract further investment on the continent. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
36:22
June 2, 2021
On US-Africa relations: A conversation with Ambassador J. Peter Pham
The US foreign policy approach to Africa has remained remarkably consistent since the Clinton administration. As President Biden’s State Department begins to take shape, analysts have started to wonder which direction his government might take. This week, Marie-Noelle spoke to Ambassador J. Peter Pham, a Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council, who formerly served as US Special Envoy for the Sahel and Great Lakes region during the Trump administration, to hear more about the relationship, and what President Biden’s nominees might say about the current direction of travel. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
35:42
May 26, 2021
Diaspora engagement: Harnessing the developmental power of the international community
Diaspora communities play an integral role in the economic, cultural and developmental growth of their countries of origin.  However, research suggests that, too often, governments lack the expertise and capacity to effectively engage them. This week, Marie-Noelle chats to Dr Martin Russell, an advisor at The Networking Institute, to learn a little more about where and when diaspora engagement has worked, and what it takes to harness the power of the international community. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
31:02
May 19, 2021
The case for industry without smokestacks: Leveraging BPO services to address unemployment in Africa
Industries without smokestacks – tradable services like tourism and transport – could hold the key to future meaningful employment for millions across Africa. Following on from last week’s episode with Sharmi Surianarain, Marie-Noelle spoke to Antoinette Eckersley, Founder and Group CEO of KGI Holdings, whose focus on business process outsourcing is changing the way we think about what work could look like in South Africa. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
26:58
May 12, 2021
The future of work: A pathway to employment in Africa with Sharmi Surianarain
Automation. Artificial intelligence. Remote working. These are just some of the terms and phrases often deployed in conversations around the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ and the future of work. Africa’s growing population will necessitate the creation of new jobs and industries to accommodate the millions more than will enter the job market over the next few decades. Covid-19 hasn’t changed that, it’s accelerated it. This week, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator’s Chief Impact Officer, Sharmi Surianarain, gives Marie-Noelle an insight into what the future of work on the continent might look like. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
33:26
May 5, 2021
Engaged capital: A path to strengthening Africa’s post-pandemic recovery
According to the IMF, Africa was home to the world's five fastest growing economies prior to the pandemic. Much has been written of the continent's looming population boom, and the levels of economic growth that will be required to sustain such change.  While COVID has changed a lot, the need for rapid economic growth remains. Only now it’s even greater. But how can Africa sustain its post-pandemic recovery while still creating enough opportunity for its burgeoning population? The Brenthurst Foundation’s founder, Jonathan Oppenheimer, believes the answer lies in engaged capital. Join Marie-Noelle in conversation with Jonathan, as together they explore the idea behind engaged capital, and why it could be Africa’s best shot in creating its new future. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
36:52
April 28, 2021
The rapid urbanisation of African cities: How to avoid a demographic crisis
Africa’s cities are growing. Fast. Some 500 million people live in one of the continent’s already burgeoning metropolises. Another 800 million are set to join them by 2050. Unless action is taken, Africa will have to deal with a demographic crisis the scale of which has never been seen before. But how bad could it really get? And what does the right action look like? This week Marie-Noelle was joined by Archimedes Muzenda, an author and former fellow at The Brenthurst Foundation who now works as a Senior Research Associate at the African Urban Institute, to find out more. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
39:02
April 21, 2021
The power of technology: Preparing today's youth for tomorrow's digital world
Technology - how can we leverage its power to improve lives and equip the youth of today with the right skills for a digital world of tomorrow? The Brenthurst Foundation Podcast is back, and this week, Marie-Noelle was joined by Lily Edinam Botsyoe of Hacklab Foundation, to talk all things digital. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
39:17
April 14, 2021
We're taking a break this week
We’re taking a break from the podcast this week, but fear not, we’ve got a load of great new content lined up that will be coming out shortly. Haven’t caught up on this series yet? You find all episodes, hosted by Marie-Noelle, on our website. See you next week.
02:56
March 29, 2021
Lessons from COVID-19: Building a more resilient continent
Crisis planning is critical to the success of any government. But how can you plan for the unknown? Fellow at The Brenthurst Foundation, Richard Morrow, spoke to Marie-Noelle about some of the lessons Africa must learn from COVID-19 to ensure it is better equipped for the next crisis, whatever that might be. The idea for this week’s episode came from a discussion paper – ‘Africa after COVID-19: Lessons for a more resilient future’ – which Richard wrote last year. You can find the paper, along with a host of other great content, on our website.  Africa after COVID-19: Lessons for a more resilient future: https://bit.ly/2Qhqfpr  Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
37:39
March 24, 2021
Philanthropy and development: Funding Africa’s growth
Philanthropy has played a significant role in the lives of many through charitable donations, funding businesses and stop gap public good provisions. But can it be more?  This week, Marie-Noelle sat down with Bridget Fury, the head of Oppenheimer Generations Philanthropies, to talk about the future of philanthropy and its role in achieving development outcomes in Africa. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
13:50
March 17, 2021
Driving trade across Southern Africa: A route diagnostic from South Africa to Malawi, via Mozambique
The Brenthurst Foundation’s Director, Dr. Greg Mills, has been known to embark on some epic adventures in his time. This week, he spoke to Marie-Noelle about his latest trip, from South Africa to Malawi, via Mozambique, by road. Encountering endless checkpoints, low-level graft, and bone-shaking roads, Dr. Mills describes exactly what the region needs to supercharge its trade. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
33:22
March 10, 2021
On AfCFTA: How can Africa win this time around?
This week Marie-Noelle invites one of The Brenthurst Foundation’s newest members, Deputy Research Director Emmanuel Owusu-Sekyere, to offer his insight into why the nascent African Continental Free Trade Area could be the key to Africa’s long-term economic recovery from Covid-19, and what the continent needs to do to make it it’s “saving grace”. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
51:02
March 3, 2021
South Africa’s greatest economic adversary... itself: Finding common ground for growth with Ray Hartley
This week we're going in house, The Brenthurst Foundation Research Director Ray Hartley sits down with Marie-Noelle to discuss how South Africa  witnessed ten years of change in three months, the pull of populism and an argument for tough choices when it comes to South Africa's economic viability.  The accompanying discussion paper can be found here. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
23:43
February 24, 2021
Picking your battles: The reality of managing COVID-19 in the face of insecurity - An interview with David Kilcullen
Increasing pressure is being put on African nations to get Covid-19 outbreaks under control, but how easy is it to prioritise Covid-19 when you're facing a whole host of other domestic issues such as Islamic extremism, water shortages and food insecurity.  The Brenthurst Foundation's Marie-Noelle Nwokolo talks to author, strategist, and counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen about the realities facing Africa when it comes to balancing Covid-19 with longer standing domestic issues.  Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
27:46
February 17, 2021
The elephant in the room: Can AfCFTA work? An interview with TMEA CEO Frank Matsaert
The potential benefits of the AfCFTA are endless and many have called it a 'game changer', 'revolutionary and 'Africa's next biggest break'.  Join in on a conversation between The Brenthurst Foundation's Marie-Noelle Nwokolo and CEO of TradeMark East Africa, Frank Matsaert, on the lessons from years of regional trade facilitation procedures, the necessity of intra-continental trade, and what the priorities need to be for policy makers, private sector and civil society in the current rounds of trade negotiation and facilitation. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation
33:45
February 10, 2021
Reflections on The Asian Aspiration - Agriculture & Green Revolution
Marie-Noelle Nwokolo presents the final episode of this mini-series on agriculture and green development.  Hear Prof David Henley, author Joe Studwell and South African politician Mmusi Maimane explore the role of agriculture in both the Asian and African development story, while Ethiopia’s former prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn discusses the possibility of ‘green’ development, and the work currently being undertaken in Ethiopia to strive towards it. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation Find the book The Asian Aspiration: Why and How Africa Should Emulate Asia here: https://www.thebrenthurstfoundation.org/books-publications/the-asian-aspiration/
34:51
December 23, 2020
Reflections on The Asian Aspiration - Accountability In Governance
While some African governments have sought to crush corruption, almost all have failed in preventing it from enveloping the continent.  An accountability deficit has bred poor governance. But how do you tackle this? This week the MDC’s Tendai Biti and Nelson Chamisa explain what has gone wrong in Zimbabwe, while Prof Kingsley Moghalu attempts to rationalise why African leaders seem to be full of great ideas yet lack the skill of implementation. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation Find the book The Asian Aspiration: Why and How Africa Should Emulate Asia here: https://www.thebrenthurstfoundation.org/books-publications/the-asian-aspiration/
14:25
December 16, 2020
Reflections on The Asian Aspiration - Culture: A Continental Mind Set?
Is there an Asian or an African mindset? Are there cultural variations that help explain the differing development trajectories of these continents? With the help of Dr David Monyae, co-director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Johannesburg and Prof Edmund Tayao from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, this episode delves into the role of culture in Africa’s development journey. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation Find the book The Asian Aspiration: Why and How Africa Should Emulate Asia here: https://www.thebrenthurstfoundation.org/books-publications/the-asian-aspiration/
16:16
December 9, 2020
Reflections on The Asian Aspiration - Globalisation and Regional Development
How vital is policy continuation in promoting development? Are regional success stories important in showing the way for others? What can Asia’s development story teach Africa? These are just some of the questions we seek to answer this week with the help of Prof Tang Xiaoyang, deputy director at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy; Shu Zhan, the former Chinese ambassador to Rwanda and Eritrea; Souleymane Coulibaly, lead economist for Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand at the World Bank; and Moeketsi Majoro, the prime minister of Lesotho. Join the conversation on Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation. Get your hands on a copy of The Asian Aspiration: Why and How Africa should emulate Asia here: https://www.thebrenthurstfoundation.org/books-publications/the-asian-aspiration/
21:54
December 2, 2020
Reflections on The Asian Aspiration - Foreign Aid: Help or Hindrance?
Following on from The Asian Aspiration podcast launched earlier this year, The Brenthurst Foundation presents a new seven-part podcast series: Reflections on The Asian Aspiration. Each week Marie-Noelle Nwokolo brings you insights from some of the greatest minds from Africa, Asia, North America, and Europe on a number of issues, from globalisation to green development, aid to accountability. This week we discuss whether foreign aid is a help or hindrance with former President of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma and The Carter Centre's Former Vice President of Peace Programs Jordan Ryan. Join the conversation on: Twitter - @BrenthurstF / Facebook - @BrenthurstFoundation / Instagram - @brenthurstfoundation Find the book The Asian Aspiration: Why and How Africa Should Emulate Asia here: https://www.thebrenthurstfoundation.org/books-publications/the-asian-aspiration/
15:11
November 25, 2020
Bonus Episode: The Asian Aspiration Introductory Chapter
Thank you for listening in to the Introductory Chapter of the book, The Asian Aspiration: Why and How Africa Should Emulate Asia – and What It Should Avoid. For a copy of the book by Greg Mills, Olusegun Obasanjo, Hailemariam Desalegn, and Emily van der Merwe, visit www.panmacmillan.co.za, or visit your nearest major bookstore. Our e-book can also be found on: Amazon: http://amzn.com/B0848VWLFW Kobo: http://www.kobo.com/za/en/ebook/the-asian-aspiration. Subscribe to our newsletter here to stay updated on our activities and be the first to be notified on the release of The Brenthurst Foundation’s Asian Aspiration documentary.
28:49
October 5, 2020
The ANC and Zimbabwe
What can be done to fix Zimbabwe and how should South Africa approach its wayward neighbour? Join host Greg Mills as he talks to Lindiwe Zulu, the head of the ANC study group on international relations and Tendai Biti, an opposition leader with the MDC. For more information on the webinar and other Brenthurst Foundation activities head to: https://www.thebrenthurstfoundation.org. You can also find us on twitter, facebook and instagram.
54:24
August 21, 2020
The Prospect of Building an Opposition Coalition in South Africa
Can South Africa's opposition find more in common than what separates them and join together to unseat the ruling ANC? Listen to Herman Mashaba and John Steenhuisen discuss the future of coalitions and the challenges facing the opposition. For more information on the webinar and other Brenthurst Foundation activities head to: https://www.thebrenthurstfoundation.org. You can also find us on twitter, facebook and instagram.
01:00:04
August 12, 2020
The Lessons from Malawi's Election for Southern Africa's Opposition
What are the lessons for the opposition in other Southern African countries? Greg Mills talked to one of the region’s most courageous opposition leaders, Zambia’s Hakainde Hichilema, about what lessons he learned from the Malawian opposition victory. For more information on the webinar and other Brenthurst Foundation activities head to: https://www.thebrenthurstfoundation.org. You can also find us on twitter, facebook and instagram.
59:00
August 12, 2020
The Economic Costs of South Africa's Lockdown
Listen to Professor Haroon Bhorat, Tim Cohen, Greg Mills and Henning Suhr on the state of the economy after lockdown.  For more information on the webinar and other Brenthurst Foundation activities head to: https://www.thebrenthurstfoundation.org. You can also find us on twitter, facebook and instagram.
59:50
August 12, 2020
Malawi's Moment of Truth: The Presidential Election Second Time Around
On 19 June 2020, Greg Mills hosted Lazarus Chakwera, leader of the Malawi Congress Party, Dr Boniface Dulani of the Institute of Public Research and Henning Suhr of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, to discuss the forthcoming election in Malawi. For more information on the webinar and other Brenthurst Foundation activities head to: https://www.thebrenthurstfoundation.org. You can also find us on twitter, facebook and instagram.
57:43
August 11, 2020
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.
41:34
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.
41:45
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.
26:39
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.
22:60
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.
12:29
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