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AU-EU Summit 17-18 February 2022: A Science Agenda

The AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Platform will organise side events at the AU-EU Summit on 14-18 February 2022. The purpose of the meeting will be to promote awareness of the contribution of collaborative research and development as a critical aspect of EU-Africa relations and collaborations, in particular in addressing global challenges together.

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Wednesday, February 16 • 08:00 - 08:45
(REF 160800) Assessing the hidden assets of the poor – lessons from a survey on local social goods in 177 African Cities in 2021

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Assessing the hidden assets of the poor – how to measure social resilience in African towns

The World Social Capital Monitor is an open-access survey in 50 languages that is
conducted since 2016 within the UN SDG Partnerships by the Basel Institute of
Commons and Economics.

Social goods and social capital have been a focus of the Social Capital Initiative of the World Bank in 1999 that included three Nobel Laureates, Elinor Ostrom, Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen.
It is only the spread of the smartphone in Africa that it has been possible to measure indicators of social capital today.

The Nigerian researcher Olabisi Obaitor recently wrote: "Social capital is the major asset of slum residents".
In 2021 results from 177 African Cities, including 400 qualitative comments, were published by the UN:

The high conversion rate shows the importance of social goods for people living in poverty.
In this session, panellists will explain that knowing the level and the distribution of local social goods in Africa is essential to address the major challenges in climate change, migration, security and health.

How the Social Capital Monitor works:
In the Social Capital Monitor, the participants assess indicators of local social goods on a scale between 10 (high) and 1 (low) without any registration and have the opportunity to give a qualitative comment on the following:
  • The local social climate
  • Mutual trust
  • Willingness to co-finance public goods
  • Willingness to invest in local SME
  • Acceptance of minorities
  • Acceptance of environmental measures
  • Helpfulness
  • Friendliness
  • Hospitality

The Monitor is available in 50 languages: https://trustyourplace.com/, including, for example, Afan Oromo, Kiswahili and Tigrinya. We recommend offering more African languages to enhance local inclusion. The Monitor, therefore, is the first digital service allowing to include African culture and tradition broadly.

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Dr. Olabisi Sakirat Obaitor

Alexander Humboldt University of Berlin
Dr. Obaitor is an urban planner and a guest researcher at the Geography department at Alexander Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. She holds a PhD in geography. Her interest lies at the interface of socio-spatial research. Much of her work has been on understanding dynamics in... Read More →
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Rachel conducted her first study on Ghana’s Social Capital at the age of 19 in 2017 yet by using the opportunities of Social Networks and mobile communication. Rachel studied Sociology and Political Science at the University of Ghana in Kumasi. In 2021, she conducted the Ghana Social... Read More →
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Alexander Dill

A PhD in Sociology, Dill founded the Basel Institute of Commons and Economics in 2010 and since then leads the Institute. In 2016, the World Social Capital Monitor of Basel Institute became a UN SDGs Partnership project with 50 languages versions.He published several books on measuring... Read More →

Wednesday February 16, 2022 08:00 - 08:45 CET