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Elimane Kane

Living in: Dakar, Senegal
Nationality: Senegalese

 
 

Elimane currently works for OXFAM as a governance expert, after having been in charge of the Livelihoods and Governance regional portfolio for Oxfam Novib in West Africa. Before this, he was the Executive Director of Forum Civil ,the Senegalese chapter of Transparency International.

Elimane is founder and Chairman of LEGS-Africa, a pan-African think-tank based in Dakar. He was also CEO and co-founder of The Panafrican Institute ISAF-KAngfore in Mbour, Senegal from 2009 to 2011.

He has experience as both a consultant and trainer, and has participated in several international anti-corruption meetings and special courses in human rights, extractive industries, climate change, multi-stakeholders processes, social learning, governance and responsible business practises.

He has basic training in social sciences (psychology, sociology of development) and holds a master’s of Science in Project Management. He also has international certificates in Human Rights (IHRTP-Equitas-Montreal-Canada) and international development (CDI, Waggenningen UR, Netherlands).

 

Personal statement

"Inequality is my concern. The focus of my career is facing the causes of inequalities in Senegal and, by implementing a relevant governance program, dealing with poverty, economic inequity, and domestic resource mobilization.

As head of a governance program, my daily work is to promote and enhance citizens’ mainly youth and women, capacities,

  1. to challenge public policies
  2. to work with civil societies organizations for transparency and access to economic information
  3. to organise public platforms for social accountability; fiscal justice and budget monitoring to reduce inequality by enhancing national revenues from domestic resource mobilisation and social expenditures form budget allocations system.

I applied to the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity to get a global overview of inequality issues. To understand how this phenomenon manifests itself and what are its key causes and factors. I hope to utilise this scientific analysis of inequalities to identify pathways to potential solutions in the context of my country, and at a global level.

I am Senegalese’s Civil Society Organisation leader and I know this country extremely well, having built up personal relationships with different actors, administrative institutions, government officials, private sector leaders, social movements and those in the media. Through the AFp I hope to develop my own leadership position within my country to tackle inequalities and poverty as an activist deeply committed for social justice.

This program will also allow me to contribute more efficiently to the OXFAM annual report on inequality, to address the annual Davos Economic Forum and other decision-making events in UN, World Bank – IMF, African union, ECOWAS, and in my own country. 

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Dr Fola Adeleke

Living in: Johannesburg, South Africa
Nationality: Nigerian

 
 

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Fola Adeleke is a South African trained lawyer whose work focuses on international economic law and human rights, corporate transparency, open government and accountability within the extractive industry. Prior to joining the South African Human Rights Commission as the Head of Research, Fola was a Clinical Advocacy Fellow at Harvard Law School supervising clinical projects on business and human rights. Fola was also a Fulbright visiting scholar with the Center for Sustainable Investment at Columbia University. He clerked at the Supreme Court of Appeal, South Africa, and worked at the Open Democracy Advice Centre, where his human rights work spanned across Africa.

He once served as the country researcher for the Open Government Partnership Independent Reporting Mechanism in South Africa and was part of an expert group reviewing the African Union’s Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa. Fola has also produced research for the Carter Center, the Open Society Foundation and the World Bank.

He holds a PhD from Wits University and a LLM degree from the University of Cape Town. He was selected as one of 25 young Africans in the inaugural ‘leading in public life’ fellowship and was part of the 2015 Mo Ibrahim residential school on governance for development in Africa.

His forthcoming book, to be published by Routledge in October 2017, explores a human rights based approach to investment regulation in Africa.

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In the 18th Century, Adam Smith, a classical economist, expressed doubt about the relationship between business and society, specifically, questions about whether and how business serves the needs of society. Smith proposed that there should be a careful consideration of laws as a means to preserve the interests of the public and ensure that the interests of corporations do not prevail at the expense of society. Three centuries later, Thomas Piketty, another economist, reminds us that the question of how income from production should be divided between labour and capital remains at the heart of distributional conflict. Multi-national corporations are often seen as contributors to global inequality. Their flexibility and ability to exit markets with their capital, the creation of global value chains that weaken the economic impact of corporations within states and the manipulation of state regulation to their advantage, among several other concerns, have led to intense public scrutiny and demand for corporate accountability. This brings to the fore the role of state and non-state actors in working together for the advancement of people and the promotion of sustainable development. This debate over the relationship between business and society and the role of regulation in preserving the public interest still continues in various developing countries where there are high levels of social inequality.

In understanding the role of corporations in addressing inequality, the duty of corporations can no longer be a duty to avoid harm but should extend to a positive obligation to protect people, communities and the environment. Consequently, global issues such as tax evasion and profit shifting, which have detrimental effect on state economies and are contributors to global inequality, need to receive our attention as important ways of addressing inequality.

I am broadly interested in the duty of corporations to protect human rights and how to hold global corporations accountable in the absence of a global treaty on business and human rights. I applied for the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equitye because I believe it will expose me to leaders and thinkers that I can learn from and develop strategic partnerships with in creating innovative solutions to address inequality. I hope my unique experience in human rights and regulation from different perspectives will enrich the experience of other Atlantic Fellows.

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Fred Alucheli

Living in: Nairobi, Kenya
Nationality: Kenyan

 
 

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Fredrick is the founder of Action Network for the Disabled and Riziki Source in Kenya.  He has pioneered innovation in the field of disability and employment with a mobile application that was shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovations.

He has a B.A .in political science and sociology from the University of Nairobi, a certificate in social innovation management from Amani Institute and is currently pursuing an MBA in social entrepreneurship at Tangaza University College.

Fredrick serves on the board of Little Rock Inclusive ECD Center and has previously served on the advisory board of Disability Rights Fund (Boston) and Global Disability Rights Library (Washington)

He became a YouthActionNet Fellow in 2009, was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2012, Amani Fellow 2016 and admitted into Cordes Fellowship in 2017. Fredrick is passionate and committed to ending inequalities facing people with disabilities globally and directs all his energy towards this goal

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I have worked in the field of advocacy on issues of disability for over ten years, I wake up every single day with the sole purpose of challenging the inequality facingthose with disabilities in Kenya and internationally. I founded a public organization; Action Network for the Disabled for this purpose and we have made tremendous steps in the journey towards equalizing opportunities for persons with disabilities in Kenya.

I faced inequality as an individual living with a disability and was motivated to do something about the same to ensure that our country becomes a better place where persons with disabilities are treated in the same way as the rest of the country. I bring to the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity many years of working around issues of inequality, and more specifically around disability, and how these can be mainstreamed in the bigger agenda of fighting inequality. I am also interested to deepen my understanding around this topic by associating with, and learning from, other peers working around the same issues. I am also interested in fighting inequalities as a result of lack of participation in leadership and governance by persons with disabilities.

Last year I founded a social enterprise that seeks to correct the inequalities experienced by persons with disabilities in the job market. Most of them are discriminated on the grounds of their disability while looking for jobs, or are underpaid or given lower jobs irrespective of their qualifications. My enterprise will provide disability inclusion and diversity trainings for employers to appreciate disability and embrace job seekers who have a disability at their workplace.

A future where everyone, irrespective of their disability, has the same rights as anybody in the world is the legacy I am committed to, this Fellowship provides a seed for this ambition.

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Gabriella Razzano

Living in: Cape Town, South Africa
Nationality: South African

 
 

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Gabriella is a law graduate working at the Open Democracy Advice Centre as the Director and Head of Legal Research. She has a BA LLB from the University of Cape Town, graduating with distinction in Sociology. She formerly clerked with Justice Yacoob of the Constitutional Court and has also worked with University of Witwatersrand. Gabriella has a particular focus on access to information, open data and freedom of expression issues.

She is a Founding Director of OpenUP, an Internet Governance Fellow and an alumni of the International Visitor Leadership Program (Global Digital Leader). Gabriella is also the chairperson of the African Platform on Access to Information Working Group.

Furthermore, she has published a variety of articles and publications, largely aimed at providing evidence-based advocacy responses for human rights activists in the information and Internet sphere. Some examples include:

  • Razzano, G. (2016) ‘Connecting the Dots: the coordination challenge for the Open Government Partnership in SA’, South Africa: making all voices count Link
  • Razzano, G. (2016) Heroes Under Fire”, South Africa: Link 
  • Razzano, G (2016) ‘Human Rights and Internet in Africa: a reflection trends’, FesMedia Africa SeriesLink
  • Razzano, G. (2016) ‘(Re)claiming through (re)framing: Interrogating power, information, and distortion from civil society’, in GGLN(2016) (Re)Claiming Local Democratic Space Link.
  • Razzano, G (2015). Considering The Open Government Partnership in ContextLink

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    I am a human rights activist, lawyer and researcher who has been driving digital learning in the human rights realm, not just through access to information and open data - which are my specialised areas of interest - but through all of the intersections where the Internet has begun acting as a further jurisdiction in which inequalities are realised.

    I want to focus on inequality in my studies for the very reason that the world isn’t getting fairer – particularly in Africa. The Internet, once idealistically viewed as foretelling a new era of fairness, also has the potential to exacerbate the pre-existing inequalities of the “real world”. When people have talked about equality and Internet in the past, the conversation has often centred on “equal access” to Internet. Yet stopping the conversation there is premature; we know that the inequalities that exist in the physical world perpetuate themselves online, too. Inequalities often profoundly influence who speaks, when, and how often. In other words, it’s not just about having the access to the conversation – it is also about how, or if, we can participate in that conversation. I am determined to bring a greater understanding to substantive equality in the realm of the Internet for improving the lives of South Africans.

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    Jane Sloane

    Living in: San Francisco, USA
    Nationality: Australian

     
     

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    Jane Sloane is the director of the Women’s Empowerment Program with The Asia Foundation and provides intellectual and programmatic leadership for The Asia Foundation’s programs to empower women and advance gender equality in Asia. Jane oversees a team in Washington and works with the foundation's 18 country offices on a combination of top-down (policy and legal reform) and bottom-up approaches (community led strategies and solutions) designed to achieve transformative social, economic and political change in support of peace, justice and prosperity in the region.

    Jane was previously Vice President of Programs, Global Fund for Women, an organisation that uses its powerful networks to find, fund, and amplify the work of women who are building social movements that are challenging the status quo and working to transform systems and economies.

    Jane has also worked as Vice President of Development with Women’s World Banking in New York and prior to this she was Executive Director of International Women’s Development Agency in Australia, supporting women’s rights organisations and movements across Asia and the Pacific.  In this role she led a Breakthrough women, faith and development initiative that generated $1.2 billion in new funds for women and girls. 

    Jane holds a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney and a BA (Hons) from the University of Adelaide. She serves on the Board of the international Women’s Funding Network, is an advisory board member of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is a Patron of Marie Stopes International.

    Jane’s human rights and public policy work has been recognized by a number of awards and fellowships including a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Adelaide, an Advance Foundation Global Ambassadors Award; an Asia Pacific Business Women’s Council Woman of Distinction Award; a Churchill Fellowship to improve Humanitarian Emergency Response Models for Australia and the regionafter the Asian tsunami; an Australia Award Endeavour Fellowship focused on increasing Pacific women’s political participation; a Vietnam Women’s Union Humanitarian Medal and a Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Fellowship

    Jane is also one of the original 75 Australian climate change presenters trained by Al Gore and she has written a book called Citizen Jane

     

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    I’ve spent years responding to the impact of inequality in its many forms, including addressing issues on the basis of gender, race, culture, ability, age, sexual orientation and geography. This approach has seen me working at the front line with grassroots organisations and at the policy level with governments and research institutions. The work of being an activist practitioner is often isolating, and leadership itself can be lonely if you don’t have a tribe of like-minded people with whom you can safely share ideas and issues.  

    To be an Atlantic Fellow at the Inequalities Institute at LSE means entry to a world of intellectual giants and global change makers and I seek to inhabit that world.  In my head, I already do. I’ve helped to advance women’s human rights through my various roles, and now I want to step up the engagement to a broader level that goes beyond advocating for rights to addressing the root causes of inequality. In doing this I hope to draw on the best research and insights to discern path breaking responses. I’m someone who very naturally sees how to create powerful programs through bringing together different organisations, leaders and forces in partnership for a common vision.

    This Fellowship provides the opportunity to dream and act big in the service of the vision set for this Fellowship – we are expected to change the world and we need to be up for the challenge. I’m up for it and I want it mightily.

    In my life I finally have a sense of my own power. I want to use that power fully, and to mentor and support others to do the same. I want to say ‘yes’ to risk-taking and change, especially now with the new administration in the United States and the dark and dramatic consequences these new policies will have on populations across the US and across the globe. I’ve been exposed to many situations, from spending time with Syrian women who have fled ISIS, to being with families in refugee camps in Lebanon to supporting women climate refugees relocating from the Carteret Islands due to rising sea levels. I want to be in an environment where there is the time and space to consider questions of ‘what’s really going down here’ and what are the most helpful ways to see these situations and to respond. 

    Finally, and importantly, I’m a storyteller and artist as much as an activist. I weave the narratives and experiences of my life into my writing, mentoring, public speaking, drawing and visioning. I will bring my creative being and activist self to this fellowship in the service of creating something so much greater than the sum of its parts.

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    Johnny Miller

    Living in: Cape Town, South Africa
    Nationality: American

     
     

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    Johnny Miller is a photographer and filmmaker specialising in documentary projects. He is based in Cape Town, South Africa, and has extensive networks and knowledge of contemporary African and world issues. His focus is on the urban, cultural, and social issues facing humanity in a fast-changing world. He has received worldwide acclaim for his project Unequal Scenes, an aerial exploration of inequality in South Africa using drones.

    Johnny is the founder of africanDrone, a non-profit dedicated to empowering African drone pilots who use drones for good, and  a News Fellow at Code For Africa, a non-profit dedicated to open networks and access to information throughout Africa. Johnny graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in Political Science.

     

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    I think everyone should be concerned about inequality, as the word itself conjures up an idea of justice. “They” are only unequal to “you”…so in essence, “we” are all responsible. I beleive that  if we want to create equitability in the world, the power rests with each and every one of us, our consumption habits, our outlook, our voting habits.

    I’m interested in portraying inequality in architecture, urban planning, and design in creative and accessible ways. Oftentimes these inequalities are hidden to us, and through my project Unequal Scenes, I have attempted to showcase these hidden segregations via aerial photography. My focus is on  urban inequalities in the developing world, but I’m also interested in the Global North.

    I applied to the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity because it will give me the support, structure, and resources I need to take my work further, while grounding myself in the academic principles of inequality which I hitherto have not had. In the future, I hope to lead and inspire artists, academics, and other interested, creative professionals to explore inequality through a variety of non-traditional means.

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    Masana Ndinga-Kanga

    Living in: Johannesburg, South Africa
    Nationality: South African

     
     

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    Masana is Research Manager at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. At the Centre, she oversees a 12-country project exploring transitional justice in the continent, an in-depth analysis on innovations in peace-building in South Africa, and an exploration of social contracting in the post-Apartheid era. Masana works with a diverse multi-disciplinary team of researchers on issues of urban, collective, state and interpersonal violence as well as looking at the processes of horizontal and vertical reconciliation and sustainable peace in society. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the national Department of Social Development’s Integrated Social Crime Prevention Strategy.

    She has worked at the Robert F Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights in Washington D.C., the Poverty and Inequality Initiative (UCT) as a senior researcher and as the first Machel-Mandela Fellow at The Brenthurst Foundation in Johannesburg, where she has been involved in multi-country studies on economic development, international relations, studies in development practices and conflict analysis.

    With a multi-disciplinary background in African Studies, politics, economics, international development and law, Masana has an MSc in Political Economy of Late Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a BA (honours) in African Studies and a B.Com. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Cape Town.

    She is also a frequent blogger for Mail & Guardian’s Thought Leader and an alumnus of the South African Washington International Program and the David & Elaine Potter Fellowship. Masana is a Chevening Scholar from 2012–13, and is currently a fellow at the Leading Causes of Life Initiative.

     

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    Having grown up in the mining towns across South Africa, I have been directly exposed to the effects of inequality on the social fabric of the country. Particularly when the mine that was the bedrock of the economy in the town in which my family stayed eventually shut down - forcing us to relocate into urban areas. That same town, Blyvooruitsig is now a hotbed of conflict as zama-zamas (illegal miners), police and security forces engage in a small-scale conflict, compounded by threats to access to basic services. These experiences of conflict related to economic activity are not unusual in South Africa, as the case of the 2012 Marikana massacre demonstrates.

    My decision to study economics was to better understand the linkages between the economy and well-being, but I found that, much like for my home town, these experiences are inalienable from experiences of violence faced by a number of South Africans. Therefore, I have been working the drivers of violence in post-Apartheid South Africa. This work, involving multi-country studies on conflict and peacebuilding in the global South has increasingly pointed to the salience of the economy, and specifically inequality, in relation to conflict. In a country like South Africa, where the Gini coefficient and violent assaults are some of the highest globally, it is pertinent to understand how these factors affect each other and how South Africa’s experiences differ from that of other countries.

    A number of research papers have begun to explore the impact of the political economy on conflict, but not at a sub-national or comparative level. It is also concerning that a number of papers on conflict mediation, transitional justice and peacebuilding refer to the economy in abstract terms – but thereafter make policy recommendations for a versatile and adaptive political economy. Being a part of a Fellowship devoted to innovative and in-depth research in inequality that would allow scope for multidisciplinary and activist research, would help to inform my work that speaks to policy and practice in South Africa at a time when the country’s unemployment figures have reached a 13-year high. Linking the experiences of South Africa to that of other countries across the world would mean that not only can my research on conflict speak to national economic trends, but also those of the international political economy – affecting small mining towns like Blyvooruitsig in ways that are not fully understood.

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    Melanie Brown

    Living in: Washington DC, USA
    Nationality: American

     
     

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    Melanie R. Brown joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2015 as Senior Program Officer for U.S. Policy, Advocacy & Communications. She leads the foundation’s advocacy work in Colorado and manages a national portfolio to elevate teacher voice in education policy. Prior to joining Gates, Melanie was a program officer at The Heinz Endowments in Pittsburgh, PA. While at Heinz, Melanie’s grant making focused on achieving equity in education for African American students and students from low-income communities.

    Ms. Brown has previously served on numerous advisory boards including, the YWCA Center for Race and Gender EquityNew Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice and the Funders’ Collaborative for Youth Organizing in New York City. She currently sits on the Arts in Education Program Council at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is the first alumna to serve in this capacity in the program’s 20-year history. Additionally, Melanie was appointed by a Democratic governor and then reappointed by a Republican governor to serve on the Pennsylvania State Workforce Investment Board, which focuses on building a strong workforce development system aligned with state education policies and economic development goals.

    Melanie began her career as an educator at the SEED Public Charter School of Washington, D.C and later taught in China and Hong Kong as a recipient of the Crimson/China Culture Exchange Fellowship in partnership with Harvard University.

    Melanie received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and literature from American University, a master’s degree in Arts in Education from Harvard University, and a master’s degree in public management from Carnegie Mellon University. While at Harvard, Melanie’s capstone research focused on the role performing arts can play on the positive racial and ethnic identity development of African American and Latino girls. At Carnegie Mellon, Melanie focused much of her research on the state of education in post-genocide Rwanda.

    She credits her parents, Archie and Gloria Brown, who were born and raised in segregated Alabama in the 1950s and 60s, for instilling a value of and commitment to social and racial justice.

     

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    Inequality has long eroded belief in core American principles like fairnessfreedomand justice for all for people of color, women, the generationally-poor, those who are differently-abled, members of the LGBTQ community and those of us who live at the intersections of these identities. For many of us, the work of inequality is professional and also deeply personal.

    Personally, I have long brought an unapologetic commitment to and passion for speaking out against racial and gender inequality and its impact on my life. Professionally, as both an educator and a funder, I have focused this commitment and passion specifically on eliminating these social ills from the American public education system.

    Public education should be the great equalizer; but like most systems, it is often perpetuating, rather than eradicating, society’s larger inequities. If in America education is the “civil rights issue of our time,” we must approach our work differently- grounding issues of achievement, access and performance in honest conversations about power, privilege, greed and supremacy.

    Justice preserves human dignity. Inequality is a betrayal of this. It strips away the value we place on others and often as a result, the value they place on themselves. Inequality lies to us and tells us that it is OK for certain students to have less experienced teachers, use older books, sit in dilapidated buildings, have their cultural histories and contributions diminished or unacknowledged, or be chastised and ridiculed over use of certain bathrooms.

    I believe in the transformative power of education for individuals and for a society and dream of a world in which schools are places of justice, not injustice; places where we teach to liberate, not indoctrinate or incarcerate; where we value active citizenship as much as academic achievement; where children are safe, loved and nurtured not in spite of, but because of, who they are. I do this work because I know it is needed and because I believe it is possible. 

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    Sebastian Bock

    Living in: London, UK
    Nationality: German

     
     

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    Sebastian is a Senior Strategist at Greenpeace International where he helps shape the organisation’s global campaigning on trade and financial markets. In the past he has led successful campaigns and projects to challenge the unchecked expansion of the fossil fuel industry and to protect the world’s remaining rainforests. He was also deeply involved in the international climate negotiations, working on and later leading Greenpeace’s political work on forests within the United Nations climate process from 2012 to 2014.

    He studied philosophy and economics at the University of Bayreuth, Germany and the University of São Paulo, Brazil and holds an MSc in Development Studies from LSE, UK. Among other things, his studies focused on the political influence of the private sector and its consequences for development and environmental policy-making.

    Sebastian is a member of the Think Tank 30, an interdisciplinary network of young academics and practitioners. Affiliated with the Club of Rome, the think tank facilitates exchanges, research and work on different aspects of sustainability.

    Sebastian has lived and worked in Germany, Brazil and the US and is currently based in London. He speaks German, English, Portuguese and Spanish.

    Although he has lived close to the sea for most of his life, in his free time he usually heads into the mountains or – if that is not possible – to the nearest climbing wall.

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    Much of the public discourse around inequality seems to focus on two things: inequality as a predominantly economic outcome and inequality as a static endpoint. While I agree that this serves as a good starting point, I am particularly concerned with the power dynamics that ultimately cause inequality.

    As an Atlantic Fellow I want to take a closer look not just at the symptoms but also at the causes of inequality. I am concerned that without changing the underlying structures leading to inequality, any solution will only be temporary.

    I am particularly interested in the systemic causes of inequality because I think that many of the political structures causing inequality also create problems in other areas. Naturally for me one of those areas is the question of how inequality manifests itself in regard to how different strata of society are affected differently when it comes to the negative consequences of environmental degradation and climate change. In that, I want to look at how the (lack of) access to political power and transparency of political processes as well as the growing influence of corporate lobbying affects structural inequality.

    I believe that only an integrated understanding of how inequality and its causes are interrelated with other major societal problems will allow us to address them. It is this belief that led me to apply to the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity. In my professional life I have found that even though on the face of it, fighting climate change can seem somewhat removed from questions of inequality, once you dig deeper you see how closely the two are related.

    However, my interest in the Atlantic Fellows is not purely analytical. I hope that my campaigning experience will be useful for finding new ways to tackle inequality. Building on sound analysis, I believe that success in changing the structures leading to inequality hinges on our ability to exert pressure from outside of the system and our capability to establish narratives which render inequality unacceptable. Knowing how to translate complex issues into impactful campaigns I hope to be able to contribute to the real world impact of the programme.

    I hope that the Atlantic Fellowship allows me to forge strong relationships with my peers that continue beyond the duration of the programme. I want to learn from the other fellows and incorporate those learnings into my work. For me real success would be to see the AFp incubate collaborations that “leave the classroom” – through new initiatives or by “cross-fertilizing” work in our respective organizations – and I want to contribute to making this a reality.

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    Tracy Jooste

    Living in: Cape Town, South Africa
    Nationality: South African

     
     

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    Tracy Jooste is a public policy practitioner working in the field of human settlements in South Africa. She has a special interest in urban development, socioeconomic rights and housing finance. She is currently Director for Policy and Research at the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements. Here she leads a dedicated team of professionals to develop policies that address the significant need for housing amongst lower income households. Current research projects focus on expanding support to informal settlements, addressing the affordability of housing and understanding the link between health and human settlements.  

    Tracy is passionate about working collaboratively to design policy solutions and oversees a number of partnership agreements. She also serves on national policy, research and legal forums in human settlements.

    Prior to joining the public sector in 2012, Tracy worked in consulting for several years, advising government across a range of areas including urban systems, municipal finance and local governance as well as institutional development and benchmarking. She also has experience in academia having been a Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in the early years of her career.

    Tracy holds a master’s degree in public policy and a bachelor’s degree in economics and politics, from UCT. In 2011 she obtained a post-graduate diploma specialising in housing and urban finance from the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

     

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    My interest in inequality stems from the realities of living and working in the Western Cape – a highly unequal region with a significant need for adequate housing. Despite massive government investment in housing and infrastructure, the urban landscape remains socially and economically divided. Urban transformation, socioeconomic rights and the creation of integrated, sustainable human settlements are central to my work in public policy. I believe that addressing inequality is a collective effort and if government is to widen its reach and impact, it must widen the circle of partners that it engages with. This includes communities, non-profit organisations and academia as well as the private sector.

    The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity is an exciting opportunity for collaboration and creative problem- solving. I am inspired by the AFp’s focus on diversity, innovation and leadership development.  Through this initiative I hope to grow my capacity to address pressing issues related to inequality within the housing sector specifically.

    I have a keen interest in housing finance as a tool to unlock opportunities for lower income households. I aim to pursue studies in development finance in future and contribute meaningfully to the design of diverse housing finance instruments.