Public Lecture by Professor Carlos Lopes

Capetonians will get an opportunity to attend a public lecture by GSDPP Professor Carlos Lopes on 20 September. Professor Lopes will give a public talk on "Megatrends Impacting the Understanding of Inequality in Africa" as part of the Atlantic Fellows week of activities at GSDPP. 


From fascinating demographic tectonic shifts we perceive that Africa's youth bulge will be like no other before. It will take place while other regions population will be ageing, industrialisation will be coping with technological leaps and questionable notions of productivity. The value of natural resources will diminish, the mastering of value chains will reward fewer latecomers and regulatory systems will be under pressure and increasingly privatised. Africans will navigate unpredictability in ways that will probably differ from most. This talk identifies megatrends that are affecting Africa’s development and theorises how harnessing them can dramatically impact future inequalities on the continent.


Drinks and snacks will be served from 5:30, with the lecture beginning at 6pm.



Carlos Lopes is an Honorary Professor at the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice, University of Cape Town and Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Martin School, Oxford University. He has occupied several leadership positions at the United Nations, the latest being Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, based in Addis Ababa, from which he stepped down in November 2016. Lopes is a member of a dozen Boards including the Global Commission for the New Economy and Climate and the Global Commission on the Future of Work. He has authored or edited 22 books and is a regular contributor of several major media vehicles. He has been named one of the most influential Africans several times by publications such as Le Monde, New African or Financial Afrik.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 -
17:30 to 19:30

School of Economics Seminar Room

Level 4, Economics Building

Middle Campus, UCT

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