Africa Knows! It is time to decolonise minds

Panel D16a (1 video; 8 papers, 5 withpdf files)

Title of panel:

Innovations, new paradigms and knowledge development in North Africa

Marieke van Winden (conference organiser, African Studies Centre Leiden);
Ton Dietz (ASC Leiden);
Nouria Ouibrahim (LinkedInAfrica).

Stream: F: Technology and innovation
Start time: 20 January, 2021 at 15:00 (UTC+1)
Session slots: 1

Long abstract:
When talking about Africa, a lot of people think of sub-Sahara Africa. North Africa is an integral part of Africa with the added characteristic that it is the last step on the African Soil on the way to Europe. This panel 'Innovation, new paradigms and knowledge development in North Africa' provides a unique opportunity for the presenters and the participants to put North Africa forward as a strategic region (geographically and politically speaking) and an integral part of Africa (which is often forgotten).

Based on the 3 main questions of the conference, this panel will address and highlight the asymmetrical approach to knowledge between North Africa and Europe, as well as the role of knowledge in the reconfiguration of the economic paradigm. Recent developments and future prospects in terms of institutionalization of knowledge will be shown to be a key success factor in economic and social development of the region. We will take a broader look at this education issue as being a pillar to African economic development without forgetting the other aspects, which are quality, security, environment, identity, heritage, gender equality, etc. A reflection through the eyes of Africans!

Interaction with the world is important but just as equally important is the interaction between Africans. In this respect, we will look at the role of the African Union and the new free trade economic zone being developed.

The panel will deal with knowledge development in North African countries, their relationships, and the relationship with the rest of the world: the rest of Africa, Europe and beyond.

14.10-14.20 keynote lecture Mustapha Mekideche (his second keynote) about 'the New Economic Paradigm

15.00-15.10 keynote lecture Stephane Monnay (Cafrad) about 'African strategy of financing knowledge and research

8 Accepted papers:
1 pdf file present Which new economic paradigm in Africa? The case of Tunisia

2 pdf file present Case studies of successful skills mobility partnerships from Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt

3 pdf file present Human capital and sustainable development in Africa: the levers and programs to target in Geosciences within the framework of Regional Integration

4 no pdf file present African Strategy of financing knowledge and research

5 pdf file present Inclusive sustainable development in Africa: the knowledge-based economy at the heart of the new economic paradigm

6 no pdf file present Humanities and public debate in Morocco

7 no pdf file present The mismatch between education and employability in the agriculture sector in Algeria

8 pdf file present Knowledge development for justice and state-building: a case from Libya

* This conference took place from December 2020 to February 2021 *
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