Events

IFAA has hosted several events focusing on pressing socioeconomic and political issues confronting South African and African society at large.
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Ben Turok Memorial Lecture

With Ben Turok’s passing in December 2019, South Africa lost a voice that gave expression to the cry for liberty for more than seven decades.
Although Prof Turok was an engineer by profession, his calling was politics, more properly, the political struggle for a society marked by equality and fundamental rights for all. He was foremost an activist but also a lecturer at universities in several countries, a Member of Parliament in South Africa’s first democratically elected parliament and a renowned debater, speaker and political analyst. Through his writings and interviews he not only articulated the aspirations of South Africa’s disenfranchised majority during the Apartheid era but was also a strong advocate for economic self-sufficiency after the transition in 1994. After retiring as parliamentarian, Prof Turok devoted his time to IFAA.  IFAA is launching the annual Memorial Lecture in his honour.

Previous Events

2020

Rethinking Economics for Africa Festival, partnered with other organisations

2019

Coloured Identity: Discussions on Belonging and Identity in South Africa

Rethinking Economics for Africa Festival, partnered with other organisations

2018

Rethinking Economics for Africa Festival, partnered with other organisations

2017

‘Confronting Inequality’ conference brought together academics, activists, students, business and members of government to discuss how to resolve the country’s large and widening inequality.

IFAA partnered with the Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC) and Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education to host Vivek Chibber, Professor of Sociology at NYU, to give a public lecture on ‘Nationalism: Lessons from India’ focused on the historical trajectory of nationalism.

2015

“Colloquium on China’s relations with Africa” co-hosted with the University of Cape Town and the Confucius Institute. The colloquium featured discussions on China’s role in Africa with many distinguished policymakers, politicians and academics contributing as participants and panellists.

IFAA, ‘Is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission a desirable model of transitional justice?’ in collaboration with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), hosted a panel discussion on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The panellists offered varying perspectives in response to the question.

2013

Interface between Mining and Minerals organised in collaboration with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).

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2012

Experts Consultation on Minerals Beneficiation in collaboration with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).

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Before relaunching in 2012, IFAA hosted several international conferences and events:

1993

Grassroots Power: from Protest to Development, Johannesburg

1991

The IMF, World Bank and Economic Development in Africa, Johannesburg

Transcending the Politics of Structural Adjustment, Addis Ababa

1988

Transcending the Politics of Structural Adjustment, Addis Ababa

African Women in Cooperatives, Addis Ababa