IFAA Public Forum: South Africa’s Urban Farming Revolution

Urban farming is not a new phenomenon but it has proliferated rapidly in recent years. This has been driven by advances in technology and global challenges that include food insecurity, energy shortage, urban migration, poverty, unemployment and environmental degradation. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization urban farming is currently practised by over one-tenth... Continue Reading →

IFAA Open Discussion Forum: The Revised Budget and the struggle for educational access

Equality in access to education is critical to the socio-economic transformation of our country and a cornerstone of the South African constitution. Yet, since the dawn of democracy, our government has consistently presented budgets that slash funding for schools and universities. It is for this reason that students took to the streets under the banner... Continue Reading →

Kudos to our Senior Researcher Hibist Kassa

IFAA would like to congratulate our senior researcher, Dr Hibist Kassa, on the publication of her chapter ‘The Crisis of Social Reproduction in Petty Commodity Production and Large-scale Mining: A Southern Perspective on Gender Inequality’ in the new collection Inequality Studies from the Global South, Routledge (2020). For more information go to https://witspress.co.za/catalogue/inequality-studies-from-the-global-south/ orhttps://www.routledge.com/Inequality-Studies-from-the-Global-South/Francis-Valodia-Webster/p/book/9780367235680.

IFAA pays tribute to Prof. Daniel Plaatjies

The Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA) deeply regrets the sudden passing of our former Board Member, Daniel Plaatjieson 10 October 2020. Professor Plaatjies served on the IFAA  board from 2014 to 2018 for many years, since 2014. At that time, under the directorship of the late Professor Ben Turok, he provided guidance and a sound... Continue Reading →

Land, Heritage & Agency: An IFAA Forum

The new R4-billion River Club Development, which will house the headquarters of Amazon in Africa, has encountered vociferous opposition from several civic organisations, Khoi and San groups, including a 20 000 signed petition.  The developers though are pushing ahead with their plans, supported by the First Nations Collective, a breakaway group of Khoi and San... Continue Reading →

IFAA Project Assistant

IFAA seeks to appoint a Project Assistant. The intern will be expected to work 3 days a week, usually from the IFAA offices in Community House in Salt River, but from home (online) during Covid-19 related Lockdowns. Requirements Comfortable with using digital media platforms especially Twitter and Facebook Undergraduate degree in politics, sociology, economics or... Continue Reading →

IFAA Executive Director position

The Insititute for African Alternatives is seeking to appoint a new Executive Director:     JOB DESCRIPTION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR     GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: 1)  Board Governance:  Works with board in order to fulfil the organization mission.  Responsible for leading IFAA in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors. Responsible... Continue Reading →

The Zimbabwe Crisis: An IFAA Forum

After protests in November 2017 saw the end of Robert Mugabe’s rule with the intervention of the military, there was a rise of optimism of the future for Zimbabwe. Emmerson Mangagwa on his inauguration promised ‘radical economic reforms’. In spite of this, the economic crisis has continued to deepen with hyperinflation and worsening food insecurity... Continue Reading →

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