Protest as a force for change: Africa’s role in global trends

COVID-19 is just one of the drivers of rising public grievances in Africa and across the world.

Public discontent has surged around the world since the global financial crisis of 2008-09.  COVID-19 exacerbated grievances and the social fractures that drive unrest. This seminar will discuss findings from the 2021 Perspectives on Global Development report, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The study focuses on the nature and causes of discontent in developing countries, particularly in Africa. It outlines responses that could improve livelihoods, strengthen social cohesion and address the grand challenges societies confront.

This event is co-hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – Dev Talks.

Chairperson: Stellah Kwasi, Researcher, ISS Pretoria


Alexander Pick, Head of Unit (Acting), New Development Policies & Institutions, OECD Development Centre

Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Head, African Futures & Innovation and Chairperson, ISS Board of Trustees, ISS Pretoria

Development partners
The ISS is grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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