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Rethinking Economics for Africa (REFA) Festival 2022

Venue: Johannesburg


The annual Rethinking Economics for Africa (REFA) Festival is returning to its in-person format after two years of online hosting!

In 2022, the Festival will be held on the 16th and 17th of September at Wits University in Johannesburg. The key goals of the Festival include facilitating conversations on how to rethink economic theory, policy and activism. The Festival will include a combination of panel discussions, workshops, interactive sessions and a cultural component.

2022 will see the fifth iteration of the Festival and will host a diverse range of local and international speakers including student activists, prominent academics and civil society organisations. The Festival will serve as a platform for critical engagement with the economics discipline and with the economy in general, and will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and tools on how to build a movement for rethinking economics in our universities and society more broadly.

The event is hosted by the Institute for Economic Justice in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa, Rethinking Economics for Africa student chapters, the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development (SARChI), the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies and Wits University.


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