As the Mapungubwe Institute enters its 4th year of operation, its inclusion as one of the world’s top ten Best New Think Tanks is an acknowledgement that MISTRA is on track to achieving its ambition to providing long-term strategic thinking to enhance South Africa’s development.
During the past 15 months MISTRA has released comprehensive research reports on The Rise and Decline of the Mapungubwe Civilisation, The Concept and Application of Transdisciplinarity, The Philosophy, Art and Science of Competitive Football, Poverty, Inequality and Patronage, The Evolution of the South African State, and The Use and Displacement of Strategic Minerals. MISTRA is working with various stakeholders to ensure the operationalization of the recommendations. Two reports on the culture of savings in South Africa, and on nation-formation and social cohesion are due for release this year. This is besides MISTRA facilitative role among various sectors of society, public lectures and roundtables.
This year will see MISTRA embark on a new tranche of research projects that focus on, among others: the changing economic balances in Africa, the philosophy of Chinese civilization, the role of arts in development planning, basic education and the calling of teaching, the pedagogy of mathematics, the history of South African innovations, and the implications of discourses of the green economy.
This ranking of MISTRA as one of the world’s best new think tanks is confirmation that the MISTRA proposition is a unique and necessary addition to the intellectual landscape in South Africa and further afield. MISTRA would like to thank our partners – researchers, donors and others – for their continued support, without which the Institute would not have made these strides.
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