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The Brenthurst Foundation Podcast

22 EpisodesProduced by The Brenthurst Foundation Website

Through conversations with policy-makers, political actors, academics and topic experts, we talk through the development challenges facing Africa and some of the solutions on offer for economic growth and prosperity.The series features Marie-Noelle Nwokolo as the host and regular appearances by the … read more

22 Episodes | 2020

Reflections on The Asian Aspiration - Foreign Aid: Help or Hindrance?

November 25th, 2020

15:11

Following on from The Asian Aspiration podcast launched earlier this year, The Brenthurst Foundation presents a new seven-part podcast series: …

Bonus Episode: The Asian Aspiration Introductory Chapter

October 5th, 2020

28:49

Thank you for listening in to the Introductory Chapter of the book, The Asian Aspiration: Why and How Africa Should Emulate Asia – and What It Should …

The ANC and Zimbabwe

August 21st, 2020

54:24

What can be done to fix Zimbabwe and how should South Africa approach its wayward neighbour? Join host Greg Mills as he talks to Lindiwe Zulu, the …

The Prospect of Building an Opposition Coalition in South Africa

August 12th, 2020

1:00:04

Can South Africa's opposition find more in common than what separates them and join together to unseat the ruling ANC?

Listen to Herman Mashaba and …

The Lessons from Malawi's Election for Southern Africa's Opposition

August 12th, 2020

59:00

What are the lessons for the opposition in other Southern African countries? Greg Mills talked to one of the region’s most courageous opposition leaders, Zambia’s Hakainde Hichilema, about what lessons he learned from …

The Economic Costs of South Africa's Lockdown

August 12th, 2020

59:49

Listen to Professor Haroon Bhorat, Tim Cohen, Greg Mills and Henning Suhr on the state of the economy after lockdown. 

For more information on the webinar and other Brenthurst Foundation activities head to:

Malawi's Moment of Truth: The Presidential Election Second Time Around

August 11th, 2020

57:43

On 19 June 2020, Greg Mills hosted Lazarus Chakwera, leader of the Malawi Congress Party, Dr Boniface Dulani of the Institute of Public Research and …

Episode Ten: Wrapping up the Asian Aspiration podcast: The call to action

May 20th, 2020

35:13

The final episode of this series Asian Aspiration - The Podcast, we discuss with authors Dr Greg Mills and Emily van der Merwe the practical insights from the book and what it means to learn from Asia. 

We are also …

Episode Nine: The Green Growth Imperative. Can Africa take a different path to Asia’s?

May 13th, 2020

41:33

In this week’s episode of the podcast we tackle one of the biggest conundrums facing Africa: how do we develop whilst avoiding the pitfalls of the …

Youth Leadership: The public sector, what’s that again?

May 6th, 2020

15:53

In this episode, we go back to the conversation about youth leadership in Africa, and ask why some African youth seem to prefer the private to public sector when it comes to their careers and the value of governments …

Bonus Episode - Live Webinar

April 25th, 2020

41:44

John Maytham (Cape Talk, Afternoon Drive) hosts a discussion with three of the book’s authors around the theme, “What can Asia teach us about responding to a crisis?” - A discussion befitting of the strange times we …

Episode Eight - Youth Leadership in Africa: Where are our young people at?

April 15th, 2020

21:13

In this episode, we talk about the problems with leadership in Africa, and ask why our leaders are so old if our populations are so young. 

Our guest …

Episode Seven - State-led or private sector-led development? Who’s the adult in the room?

April 8th, 2020

25:49

In Episode 7, Marie-Noelle speaks to Jonathan Oppenheimer about why the private sector is co-responsible for development in Africa, and what government can do to make it easier for them. We bust the myth of “state-led …

Episode Six: Comparing Africa and Asia: Apples and Orange

April 1st, 2020

26:38

Emily & Marie-Noelle braved a JHB thunderstorm to record this week's episode! Listen in as they discuss how Asia is dealing with the recent Coronavirus epidemic and what that tells us about the bigger question of …

Trailer: Asian Aspiration - The Podcast

March 27th, 2020

1:33

The Asian Aspiration Podcast brings a series of thought-provoking and practical insights from the book ‘The Asian Aspiration: Why Africa Should …

Bonus Episode: COVID-19, and how the times are a-changin’

March 25th, 2020

22:59

Our guest for this special episode is Professor Wilmot James, who teaches at the Columbia Medical Centre in New York. We asked him what the most …

Episode Five: Foreign aid in Africa: Help or Hindrance?

March 18th, 2020

24:31

In episode 5, we take a critical look at foreign aid on the continent. We compare the experience in Asia, particularly Vietnam, with Africa. Our …

Episode Four: The Authoritarianism Myth in Africa

March 11th, 2020

18:09

In this week’s episode, we investigate the divergent experiences in African and Asia in terms of leadership and governance. Our guests are Jordan Ryan, former Vice President for Peace at the Carter Center, and Kingsley …

BONUS Episode - Alpha

March 6th, 2020

12:28

This bonus episode of Asian Aspiration - The Podcast gives a bit more background about the authors and process for the book; President Olusegun Obasanjo, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Dr Greg Mills and Emily van …

Episode Three: Getting The Basics Right

March 4th, 2020

16:47

Episode three is all about Getting the Basics Right. We discuss the myth of “leapfrogging” and ask whether it is important that Africa follow the …

Episode Two: Don’t Lose A Good Crisis

February 26th, 2020

14:51

What is a national crisis and how can it be turned into an opportunity? 

This episode looks at how Africa’s leaders have to adopt a similar sense of urgency as Asia does, if they are to ensure that their countries not …

Episode One: Why This Book and Why Now?

February 17th, 2020

14:26

To accompany the publication of The Asian Aspiration, we are proud to present Asian Aspiration - The Podcast. 

Each episode will explore themes from the book with a range of guests including former President of Sierra …

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