Policy Briefs

Solar Seawater Distiller Turns Salt Water into Drinking Water Using Only Sunlight

A genius yet very simple way to produce healthy, bacteria-free water.

Italian designer Gabriele Diamanti (@GabDiamanti) has invented Eliodomestico, an eco-distiller running on solar power, to provide safe drinking-water for people in developing countries: a very simple way to produce healthy, bacteria-free water. Eliodomestico is an open source project.


The African Network for Solar Energy – ANSOLE

The idea to create a network on solar energy was born during a conference in Sousse, Tunisia in November 2010. The African Network for Solar Energy (ANSOLE) was officially launched in Linz, Austria in February 2011, thus it will celebrate its 5th anniversary next year in February. A conference commemorating this event is planned from the 3rd to the 6th of February 2016 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.


For AU Agenda 2063, think agenda now now

The drama of the ICC’s determination to arrest Sudan’s president Omar Al Bashir manifested itself exactly three weeks after the commemoration of this year’s Africa Day. That fact epitomises the thorny, rocky road Africa’s renewal will have to go through. I am still basking in the after-glow of this year’s Africa Day commemorations, which was my first time to actually actively be a part of.


Pan-Africanism needs Ethiopianism

Welcome to my new column in which as a Pan-Africanist to the bone, I will intentionally try to provoke debate on many issues regarding why Africans must choose Pan-Africanism as the only highway towards unshackling Lingering colonial mentalities and their offshoots. How better to begin than with a discussion on the precursor to Pan-Africanism – Ethiopianism.


Remembering Garissa Students, Kenya and Condemning Xenophobia

What makes 1994 a unique historical milestone is that war was replaced by peace; and reconciliation replaced conflict. The ‘Rainbow nation of God’ was born according to Bishop Desmond Tutu! South Africa has now a morally radiant and intelligent global brand for ending with peace and reconciliation that all in the whole world believed could not have ended without war and protracted fighting. (


Putting Africa First: The Making of African Innovation Systems

Putting Africa first: the making of African innovation systems was published at a time when African governments came together to form a Partnership for Africa’s Development, NEPAD, committing to bringing about an African Renaissance. The debate in the literature at the time was on whether following advanced countries in developing science, technology and innovation would be appropriate for Africa considering the lack of infrastructure – including basic infrastructure – weak institutions and weak linkages between actors.

The book puts forward the premise that a systems of innovation approach that is based on indigenous knowledge and capabilities may in fact be the most appropriate approach for achieving sustainable development in Africa as it places emphasis on learning and competence building. It thus provides the tools for the structural transformation necessary for economic and social development in the region. The premise is that the approach should be context sensitive, taking into account local and regional specificities.


Read more


A rich resource book about Africa

The Making of the Africa-Nation: Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance is a rich resource book on the teething problems affecting Africa on how they can be remedied. Its resourcefulness comes from the array of contributors with varying academic and historical backgrounds. However, the overarching thrust of the book is centred on unity that the contributors unanimously agree is an essential ingredient towards the transformation of the continent from is present sorry state.


Read more



Private–Public Partnerships in Managing Science and Technology Innovation

Presentation done at the IN4iN Africa Conference, November 3 - 4, 2014, Adama, Ethiopia

Economic leadership in particular must be distinguished from invention. As long as they are not carried into practice,  invention are economically irrelevant.  And to carry any improvement into effect is a task entirely different from investing in it, and a task requiring, moreover, different types of aptitudes.(Schumpter, The Theory of Economic Development , 1936, p.88)

For full presentation visit


Africa: The origin of Humanity, values and knowledge

Africa is the cradle of humanity. Civilisation, astronomy, science, mathematics and philosophy originated from Africa. There is a real challenge for Africans to understand that the difficult today and tomorrow can be transformed into a beautiful after tomorrow if Africans are prepared to look back to the deep and rich cultural contributions made by the ancestors to help mend the current social-economic reality that remains intoxicated with the colonial cultural liquor failing to protect Africa from pervasive Western cultural repenetration. Africa continues to be penetrable rather than being the real provider of its rich values and culture to liberate not only Africa but also redeem and save all humanity.

Read more in the The African Academy of Sciences Newsletter Vol 18(4) January 2015


Celebrating Adwa Victory as the significant African victory over World Empire


“Although it had been conquered dozens of times, Ethiopia was the birthplace of African nationalism.” Nelson Mandela, in his Long Walk to Freedom, p.402

“Ethiopia has always held a special place in my own imagination and the prospect of visiting Ethiopia attracted me more strongly than a trip to France, England and America combined. I felt I would be visiting my own genesis, unearthing the roots of what made me an African.” (ibid.)


South Africa’s Democratic Transition and Transformation from 1994-2014: What difference has it made to date?

This thought-piece was presented initially at the MISTRA-TMALI-UNISA Conference on 20 Years of South African Democracy: So Where to Now?  That was held in November 12-13, 2014 in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. The substantial and critical contributions from Ethiopian scholars Abu Girma (now In Japan), Hassan Seid (USA), Minga Negash (USA & SA) and Tesfaye Lemma (USA formerly also in SA) are acknowledged and indeed have been most helpful.

Subscribe to this RSS feed


Useful Links

Contact Info

210 Steve Biko Street

Tel: +27 12 382 2679
Fax: +27 86 665 4587

About SARChI

Supported & Hosted by