Perspectives Publication Series

Perspectives Publication Series

Perspectives #02/2017: Putting People Back Into Infrastructure

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This edition of Perspectives contributes to the ongoing debate on infrastructure development in Africa by sharing snapshots of experience from around the continent, exploring questions about democratic participation, the role of human and environmental rights, and economic transformation.

Perspectives #01/2017: South Africa: Emerging Power or Fading Star?

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Informed by the discussions at an international conference jointly organised by the German Development Institute, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and Stanford University on “Emerging Power or Fading Star? South Africa’s Role on the Continent and Beyond”, held 12–14 July 2016 in Cape Town, the articles gathered in this edition of Perspectives shed light on some of the nuances and challenges that define South Africa’s place in the world today.

Security as a Commodity: Mega Events and Public Security in Brazil

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The private security industrie is definitely among the sectors that most benefit from mega events. Within a dubious relationship the security industry does not only supply the Brazilian State with surveillance systems and weapons, it also influences the organization of federal police and military forces.

Private Games?

The Rio Olympics have already cost more public money than official numbers show. An analysis by Julia Bustamante and Caio Lima, Instituto Políticas Alternativas para o Cone Sul (PACS).

Bitumen in Nigeria

Nigeria has the 6th largest reserves globally of bitumen, also known as oil sands or tar sands. It is used in road construction, but can also be processed into oil. International researcher Christina Milos draws lessons from the Canadian experience, comparing with field findings from Ogun State and adding analysis of Nigerian government policies in order to assess the true cost of extracting bitumen from the ground.

Perspectives #02/2016: Laughing Out Loud - The Politics of Satire in Africa

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When you write about Africa, make sure to always include sad and starving characters, advises Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainana in his famously ironic essay “How to write about Africa”, which takes aim at Western prejudices. In the same way that everyday laughter has been excluded from all-too-familiar depictions of the continent, African humour and satire as a form of social and political engagement remains underexplored.

Urban Planning Processes in Lagos

The publication is the result of a year long research process led by Fabulous Urban, Zurich, with local experts and final year students’ examining the relation between urban policies, urban interventions, the role of governance and the different actors in Lagos. The publication looks at four case studies with  detailed overviews, graphics and analysis demonstrating that strategic adjustments in the overall politics and policies guiding the urban development of Lagos are needed to reach out to   all Lagos residents  who is at the center of the urban and economic development.

Open City Lagos

The publication “Open City Lagos”, a cooperation with Nsibidi Institute Lagos and Fabulous Urban Zurich, intends to initiate a public reflection and discourse on the characteristics of an “open city” where the co-existence of different social groups and the richness of cultural diversity come together to foster growth that is diverse, equitable, creative, sustainable and inclusive.

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20 years of African CSO Involvement in Climate Change Negotiations: Priorities, Strategies and Actions

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A publication which explores African CSO engagement in the UNFCCC conference of Parties (COPs) process. It looks into the strategies CSOs have employed and how these have shifted over the years, the successes and challenges encountered along the way, growing government recognision of the role and value of CSOs to their engagment as negotiators and as a link between affected communities and african government postions at the negotiating table.

PAYG Executive Summary

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Pay As You Go Solar (PAYG Solar) is fast growing in East Africa, with companies such as MobiSol and M-KOPA installing many MW in Tanzania, Kenya. There is no limit to growth as the business is built on quality service provided in small household and MSME units.

Call For Contributions

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What makes Lagos ‘open’ as a city? How do we foster growth that is diverse, equitable, sustainable and inclusive? The Open City seeks to explore the issues raised by these questions by involving the very users and producers of that space in a multi-faceted conversation about their city.

All submissions will be accepted until 28 February, 2015. See here for full details on the project, including project ideas and guidelines for submissions.

Perspectives #03/2014: What Ya Looking At? Africa Returns the Gaze

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For this edition of Perspectives the Heinrich Böll Foundation asked a number of African intellectuals, writers and analysts to provide their take on Africa’s relationship with Europe. The result is a small collection of interviews, short essays and comments that throw light on the complexities and complexes of this relationship, using analysis, imagery, experience, provocation and humour.

Nameless

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Is it possible to conceive, write, edit and publish a book in 5 days? The Heinrich Boll Stiftung Abuja office brought together some big names in Nigerian to write about a country they know so well. They ended up with a book called Nameless. What is Nameless?

“Nameless is a city. A country within borders. Abound less space of ideas. A cosmos with realities, stark and painful, quiet and loud. A space crippled by fears. Nameless is populated. West African. It is in the minds of its people, black and proud. Sometimes Nameless is human. An idea. Sometimes it is in the past. Often times it is the now. Other times, it is the future”.

People, Profit, Planet

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A green budget for Jigawa State

Taking the concrete case of a typical Jigawa State annual budget, this report charts an alternative vision which takes into account the long-term cost of environmental damage and of underdeveloping the local economy. The green solutions in this report include replacing chemical with organic fertiliser, thereby creating more than 1,000 local jobs; the report also calculates the benefits of buying solar irrigation pumps rather than diesel powered pumps – resulting in savings of more than N 12 billion over a decade.

Makoko-Iwaya Waterfront Economic Opportunities

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The Makoko-Iwaya Waterfront regeneration plan is a comprehensive people centered development framework. The major objective is ensuring participation and community ownership. The plan looks at all facets of life and development.

 This plan, if implemented, could turn Makoko/Iwaya community into a worldwide showcase of a sustainable and flood-resilient lifestyle.

Powering Africa through Feed-In Tariffs

Finding a sustainable and affordable solution to the continent’s energy crisis, Africa has the chance to leapfrog dirty development pathways and power its economies and societies through renewable energy. The East African launch of this study on Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariffs comes at a time when Governments are directing their attention towards fossil fuels, neglecting the potential of renewable energy resources to profoundly transform societies and economies in the region.

A Climate-Resilient Megacity?

It is widely expected that Lagos will become the largest city on the African continent, surpassing Cairo. With this publication, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung wants to present a number of visionary approaches spanning from flood resilient building solutions, innovative slum transformation strategies which create new income opportunities for the poor, to sustainable builiding principles for new residents' and business districts.

New Economy of Nature

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Publication Series on Ecology 35: From climate change to ecosystem degradation – the solution to these problems could re-side in an economic “valuation” of nature and its services. But can that really give nature any better protection? This publication provides a readily under-standable introduction to the subject and illuminates the concepts and instruments that fol-low from the idea of monetarizing nature.

ABOUT THE SERIES

Perspectives is a publication series of the Africa offices of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung. With this series, we intend to let experts from Africa express their views about current political issues in their region. Perspectives focuses on Southern- , East- and West Africa where the foundation has established offices. This series of publications will provide you with political analyses and assessments that are well-founded, concise and relevant. Our aim is to make a contribution to a highly diversified debate - a debate in which people from Africa with a special insight into what is happening in their part of the world can express their thoughts. We intend publishing contributions from think tanks and universities, from journalists, politicians, as well as civil society representatives.