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Published September 2018

MISTRA Annual Report


During 2011-2012, the researchers at MISTRA, the Fellows of the Mapungubwe Institute (FMI) and other collaborators intensified their focus on core projects dealing with scientific, economic, social and practical technological matters that must influence positive development in South Africa and the African continent.

At the end of the reporting year MISTRA was in discussion with renowned researcher and scholar, Professor Thandika Mkandawire, from the London School of Economics, who has agreed to deliver the Institute’s Inaugural Annual Lecture in March 2012. This flagship event is one of many important dialogues MISTRA researchers will conduct with the South African public through the print and electronic media. Professor Mkandawire’s willingness to accept our invitation to present our Inaugural Annual Lecture and to engage through research and discussion on the African continent’s major growth successes and leadership is greatly appreciated. MISTRA also experienced exceptional participation of policymakers, policy implementers and private sector actors in the research work it is pursuing. The centrality of MISTRA in the research agenda of the country was thus firmly confirmed; and it proved helpful to policymakers and the public at large in making relevant development choices and engaging in public discourse on critical issues facing the country.

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