In this Development and Cooperation article, Saldrupian Fabio Diaz and his co-author, Azza Mustafa Babikir Ahmed, explore how artificial intelligence holds the potential to act as a facilitator in achieving the United Nation’s SDGs in Africa, but also has the risk of exacerbating inequalities and tensions on the continent.
Fabio Diaz was interviewed as part of the Five Continents (Cinco continentes) radio show of RTVE (Spanish public broadcasting radio). The radio segment discussed South Africa having to reconcile the contrast between the reality of high poverty and inequality, and the promise of what South Africa was expected to become post-1994.
Reza Daniels, SALDRU’s new Director as of January 2024, provides some personal reflections on becoming SALDRU’s Director, outlines his vision for SALDRU going forward, identifies some of the challenges that we face, and discusses our unique position in the global think tank (research unit) space.
By supporting social mobility, higher education can help economies become more socially inclusive. However, South Africa’s generous financial aid scheme for higher education could risk constraining the sector’s social and economic potential. This column explores what evidence is available.