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11/01/2022 - 11/01/2022 | Hamburg

Africa’s long-term development potential in different global futures

The GIGA Speaker Series on African Affairs aims at painting a nuanced picture of sub-Saharan Africa by discussing political and socio-economic developments on a regular basis. We provide a platform for excellent African researchers to increase the visibility of African perspectives on current affairs in Germany.

On the current trajectory, the gap between Africa and the rest of the world is likely to stagnate or increase ranging from measures of life-expectancy to average income. Four recent shocks, including the current war in Ukraine, have accelerated this trend. The African Future’s & Innovation (AFI) program at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has modelled Africa’s long-term development potential across various sectors. This seminar will present a new report which examines the ‘development ceiling’ that the global context places on Africa in four global scenarios. Dr Jakkie Cilliers will present using the African Futures website available at

Hosted by GIGA Institute for African Affairs in cooperation with the GIGA Research Programme "Peace and Security".

Dr. Jakkie Cilliers is the founder of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), a regional think- and do-tank with offices in Dakar, Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Pretoria. After stepping down as executive director in 2015 he now serves as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute and head of the African Futures and Innovation programme at the Pretoria office of the ISS. He is an Extraordinary Professor in the Centre of Human Rights and the Department of Political Sciences, Faculty Humanities at the University of Pretoria and a well-known author and analyst. His interests relate to big picture analysis and issues around the long-term future of South Africa and Africa – much of it available at

Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau is Director of the GIGA Institute for African Affairs.

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11/01/2022 10:00 - 11/01/2022 11:00

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