Sustainable Development in Africa: Shaping the Future of the Continent

A brochure for the webinar series is available here.


The Young Earth System Scientists, YESS-community (YESS Africa Team) and the Pan-African University, Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES), with the contribution of Future Earth’s Food-Water-Energy Nexus Knowledge-Action-Network (Nexus KAN) and the United Nations University (UNU-EHS) are pleased to announce the first edition of the webinar series on the "Sustainable Development in Africa: The role of science and social engagement in shaping the future of the continent".


Africa is the second largest continent in the world and covers approximately 20 percent of the earth land, counting about 16.64 percent of the total world population. The continent, which is very rich in history, resources, languages and biological and geographical diversities, is, also, widely recognized to be one of the most vulnerable regions to extreme weather and climate change impacts (e.g. IPCC, 2007, 2014). The number of reported disasters, particularly those related to climate change and extreme weather events, has significantly increased in recent decades throughout the continent (World Bank, 2014).


In this context, this webinar series aims to explore the challenges and opportunities facing the continent and stress the role of social engagement and science in shaping the future of Africa. This initiative brings together scientists, stakeholders and fresh vision of early career scientist (ECRs). A particular focus will be given to food, water, energy availability as well as to the adaptation strategy to extreme climate and weather events. To this end, this series of webinars will focus on the following topics:

  1. Sustainable development and climate change in Africa.
  2. Securing nexus resources while facing extreme events and the impacts of climate change.
  3. Roles of early career scientists for Africa’s sustainable development.
Each keynote talk will last 30 min followed by 30 min discussion.
We are looking forward to your active participation and input based on your expertise during the discussion.


1st Webinar: 
5 December 2018 16:00 CET
Practical and Modern Development Approaches - Integrating Key Issues with Emphasis on Water, Energy and Food Security
Speaker: Mr Peter Akari, PAKARI Associates Limited and former Chief Policy Officer, African Development Bank, Ghana
You can watch a recording of the webinar below or read the webinar report.
2nd Webinar:
23 January 2019 at 16:00 CET
Sustainable Development in Africa – How will Africa’s future be shaped by air quality?
Speaker: Professor Kobus Pienaar, iCACGP Commission Member at North-West University, South Africa and Scientific Steering Committee member of the World Meteorological Organization’s Global Atmosphere Watch Programme
The webinar report is available online.
3rd Webinar:
18 February 2019 at 16:00 CET
Chances and Challenges of Sustainability Science for Africa’s Development
Speaker: Dr Cheik Mbow, Adjunct Associate Professor in Environmental Science at Michigan State University and Executive Director at START, USA
You can watch a recording of the webinar below:
4th Webinar:
12 June 2019 at 16:00 CET
The Digital Explosive Technology in the 4th Industrial Revolution in the African Context: Threat or Opportunity for Solving Globally the Economic, Environmental, Social and Political Problems
Speaker: Professor Mammo Muchie, DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Tshwane University of  Technology