Alain Tschudin
ALAIN TSCHUDIN is a former Executive Director of Good Governance Africa. He is a registered psychologist with Ph.D.s in Psychology and in Ethics. He was a Swiss Academy Post-doctoral Fellow at Cambridge and oversaw the Conflict Transformation & Peace Studies Programme at UKZN for several years. He has broad research and community engagement interests and has worked for various universities in Africa and Europe, with the European Commission, with local and international NGOs, as CEO of a leadership development agency, and as lead consultant for Save the Children and UNICEF, most recently as Child Protection Assessment Coordinator for Northern Syria. Alain has an adjunct association with the International Centre of Non-violence (ICON) and the Peacebuilding Programme at the Durban University of Technology.

The ethics of relationships

Africa: ethical business A long-term approach to doing business anywhere relies on nurturing relationships, and perhaps more in Africa than elsewhere By Alain Tschudin Ten years ago, many organisations engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR, as an add-on contribution to the betterment of society, or at a barebones minimum, as perceived by the cynics, […]

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Editor’s Note: Striving to survive and thrive

Editor’s Note: Striving to survive and thrive

Sustainability. It has become all too easy to subsume the cure for the world’s ills under this throwaway word. In its own right, the word refers to the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level, or to avoiding depletion of natural resources to maintain an ecological balance. The United Nations 2030 Agenda […]

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Editor’s Note: From mind games to mindfulness

Editor’s Note: From mind games to mindfulness

One of the first Psychology 101 lectures that I attended at university was on the theme of nature versus nurture. Our professor asked us to weigh up deterministic, biologised influences on psychological development against the social, cultural and environment factors. The debate raged. Over 25 years later and it is still ongoing. Nature: advances in […]

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Editorial: I’m African, that’s where it begins

Editorial: I’m African, that’s where it begins

In this Africa in Fact edition dedicated to culture, Fred Khumalo paraphrases our mutual friend Mondli Makhanya who, in the midst of a debate with a right-of-centre interlocutor, asserted that, “I am a South African and that’s where it ends”. Much as this position is...

Editorial: African youth square up to life

Editorial: African youth square up to life

“Young, dumb, broke, high school kids.” These lyrics from a contemporary pop song often heard on repeat do not exactly inspire confidence. On the contrary, Africa’s youth, while they are obviously young, are bright and “woke”, to use another trending word. That is, they are highly aware of the social world around them and conscious […]

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EDITORIAL: Dispelling the ‘resource curse’

EDITORIAL: Dispelling the ‘resource curse’

Welcome to the first edition of Africa in Fact for 2018 – and the first to appear on shelves at selected bookstores. The topic is natural resources, which is also one of our core programmes at Good Governance Africa. We adopt a broad definition of resources, but our...

EDITORIAL: The lifeboat of informality

EDITORIAL: The lifeboat of informality

African governments and their formal business sectors often hold up the informal sector as the nemesis of formalised growth  and  organised  development  –  yet for many citizens on the continent (and elsewhere), informality is a lifeboat in increasingly challenging economic seas. This edition of Africa in Fact explores this phenomenon, which is more complex than […]

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EDITORIAL: Africa’s dinosaurs: overstaying their welcome

EDITORIAL: Africa’s dinosaurs: overstaying their welcome

The role of presidents is currently one of the hottest topics in Africa, hence the theme of this edition of Africa in Fact: “The Presidential Issue”. Nelson Mandela once said, “In my country we go to prison first, and then become president.” Recently, however, there have been calls for this sequence to go the other way. […]

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EDITORIAL:  East-West, but is home best?

EDITORIAL: East-West, but is home best?

Welcome to this “Looking East” edition of Africa in Fact on Africa-Asia relations. Last year, members of the GGA team paid a visit to Asia, and more specifically, to the Far East. While transiting Hong Kong, I was struck by the intersecting pathways of its former colonial legacy and recent re- integration with the Chinese […]

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Alain Tschudin
ALAIN TSCHUDIN is a former Executive Director of Good Governance Africa. He is a registered psychologist with Ph.D.s in Psychology and in Ethics. He was a Swiss Academy Post-doctoral Fellow at Cambridge and oversaw the Conflict Transformation & Peace Studies Programme at UKZN for several years. He has broad research and community engagement interests and has worked for various universities in Africa and Europe, with the European Commission, with local and international NGOs, as CEO of a leadership development agency, and as lead consultant for Save the Children and UNICEF, most recently as Child Protection Assessment Coordinator for Northern Syria. Alain has an adjunct association with the International Centre of Non-violence (ICON) and the Peacebuilding Programme at the Durban University of Technology.

The ethics of relationships

Africa: ethical business A long-term approach to doing business anywhere relies on nurturing relationships, and perhaps more in Africa than elsewhere By Alain Tschudin Ten years ago, many organisations engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR, as an add-on...

Editorial: African youth square up to life

Editorial: African youth square up to life

"Young, dumb, broke, high school kids.” These lyrics from a contemporary pop song often heard on repeat do not exactly inspire confidence. On the contrary, Africa’s youth, while they are obviously young, are bright and “woke”, to use another trending word. That is,...

EDITORIAL: The lifeboat of informality

EDITORIAL: The lifeboat of informality

African governments and their formal business sectors often hold up the informal sector as the nemesis of formalised growth  and  organised  development  –  yet for many citizens on the continent (and elsewhere), informality is a lifeboat in increasingly challenging...

EDITORIAL:  East-West, but is home best?

EDITORIAL: East-West, but is home best?

Welcome to this “Looking East” edition of Africa in Fact on Africa-Asia relations. Last year, members of the GGA team paid a visit to Asia, and more specifically, to the Far East. While transiting Hong Kong, I was struck by the intersecting pathways of its former...