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07 March 2023

Emerging African scholars to meet in Pretoria to assess the 10-year implementation plan of Agenda 2063

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Press Release

Pretoria, Monday 6 March 2023 – The Human Sciences Research Council’s (HSRC) Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) invites members of the media to the opening of the 17th Africa Young Graduates and Scholars Conference (AYGS) to be held at the Sheraton Hotel on Tuesday, 7 March 2023 from 08h30.

Over 30 emerging researchers from as far as Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Uganda, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa will participate in the conference under the theme, Assessing the first 10-year implementation plan of Agenda 2063: A prospective analysis of peace, security, and youth leadership in Africa.

As a research capacity building project which was conceived in 2005 with the aim of building a body of knowledge and to project the African ‘VOICE’ in various discourses about the continent, this year the conference kicked off with a pre-conference training workshop for the participants.

The aims of the conference are to build a network of African critical thinkers, initiate collaborative projects among young people and continue to build research capacity among young and emerging scholars on the continent.

More than 90 delegates are expected to participate at the conference. Keynote address will be delivered by Prof Adebayo Olukoshi – Distinguished Professor, Wits School of Governance.

The conference will run from 6 – 8 March 2023. This year’s edition is organised in collaboration with the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR).

Details of the event:

Date: 7 March 2023

Time: 08h30

Venue: Sheraton Hotel Pretoria, South Africa Link:

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About the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organizations and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

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