The African Transition to a New Economy (ATTANE) is a gathering designed to provide a platform for some of Africa’s most innovative leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators to dialogue and champion solutions to some of the continents most challenging issues

VISION

To catalyse an African economy that is sustainable, inclusive and prosperous

MISSION

To promote the ideals of a new economy through leadership, sustainable investments, and the green economy

The African Transition to a New Economy (ATTANE) is a multi-stakeholder investment forum, designed as a platform to champion the transition of Africa to a more inclusive and sustainable development pathway.

To achieve this transition we convene public dialogues that bring together leaders from business, government and civil society to address some of Africa’s most challenging issues, that are hindering the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our mission is to promote a wellbeing economy in Africa, through promoting leaderships, mobilising investments and championing environmental sustainability on the continent.

Since its founding in 2013 in South Africa, ATTANE has played a leading role in advancing thought leadership, accelerating high impact enterprises and mobilising investments to promote sustainable development.

The ATTANE Forum is part of an ecosystem of initiatives and institutions that are all geared towards driving the new economy agenda in Africa, which comprise the following: –

  • African Centre for a Green Economy (CGE)

    CGE is a Pan African non-profit Think-tank and innovation hub, supporting the transition to a green economy in Africa (africancentre.org)

  • New Economy Accelerator (NEA) & Fellowship Programme

    The NEA is a selective investment readiness programme for African entrepreneurs, initially focused on South Africa.

  • Gro Fund

    This is an investment vehicle that mobilises funding through innovative channels such as climate finance to support innovative new economy enterprises.

WHAT IS A NEW ECONOMY?

“The new economy is a framework that seeks to place the well-being of people and the planet at the centre of the economic development”- Dr. Mao Amis

WHY NEW ECONOMY?

Our current global economic system is flawed. It accelerates inequality, is based on unsustainable consumption and a culture of materialism. Planetary impacts of industrial production are now a real risk to the survival of humanity. There is a lack of bold and authentic leadership, but also still lack of awareness around the many solutions that already exist.

Only by recognizing the limitations of our current system, can we advance an alternative narrative that inspires new ways of measuring progress, alternative currencies and promoting local investments among others. A new economy must place the wellbeing of people and the planet at the centre of the economic system.

NEW ECONOMY PRINCIPLES

To achieve systemic change, more radical and experimental approaches are required, including bottom-up innovation.

This includes mainstreaming local production, consumption, and investments. It also emphasizes new ways of measuring progress, alternative currencies, sharing, and new forms of exchanging goods and services.

The new economy is driven by the following key principles and strategies:

  • Democratise power relations within public and private institutions
  • Democratise ownership of wealth and resources
  • Revalue and redistribute paid and unpaid time by numerating in other forms of exchange, e.g. time banks
  • Solidarity, co-operation and mutual aid, such as through collective insurance, co-production of service by producers and users
  • Respect ecological limits: staying within planetary boundaries

NEW ECONOMY TOOLS

  • New forms of ownership, such as cooperatives
  • Collaboration
  • Alternative currencies, e.g. cryptocurrencies
  • Sharing and exchange of goods and services, e.g. time banking, bartering
  • Promotion of local production and consumption of goods and services
  • New metrics of measuring progress, e.g. Happiness Index

NEW ECONOMY OUTCOMES

  • Human well-being: through decent jobs, providing safer and better neighborhoods, supporting social capital
  • Equality and Social Justice: addressing inequality by creating opportunities for all
  • Sustainability

ATTANE IS AFRICA’S PIONEER FORUM DRIVING A NEW ECONOMY AGENDA

TEAM

ATTANE is an interdisciplinary team based in Cape Town, a global network of new economy thinkers, doers, funders & investors, and an African community of active citizens and sustainable entrepreneurs.

Dr. Mao Amis

Dr. Mao Amis

Founder, Convenor & Strategy Lead

Dr Amis is the Founder ATTANE Forum and the African Centre for a Green Economy (CGE). Prior to founding CGE, Dr. Amis worked as programme Manager for WWF South Africa, and as strategy consultant on water and climate change. Dr Amis has extensive experience on Green Growth issues in Africa and in promoting action at the grassroots level to catalyze local economies. He is a founding member of the Wellbeing Economics Network for Africa (WE-Africa), and a member of UNEP’s Continental Taskforce on Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EBA) for food security in Africa. Dr Amis studied at the University of Cape Town, graduating with MSc and PhD in Conservation Biology. Dr Amis is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town’s, Graduate School of Business.

Nikiwe Solomon

Nikiwe Solomon

Research Fellow & PhD Scholar

Ms Solomon is the programme manager for the NEA programme and a research fellow with Africege. Ms Solomon has a background in development studies and social anthropology and is currently pursuing a PhD in Environmental Humanities at the University of Cape Town. She is a deeply committed researcher with the capacity to integrate her theoretical reach with her experiences in the everyday. This is evident in the work she does, in both research and practice, which centres around her passion for people and the planet.

Dr. Sepo Hachigonta

Dr. Sepo Hachigonta

Director

Dr Hachigonta is Director of International Relations at the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. Prior to joining the NRF, he was the climate change programme manager for FANRPAN, a regional Food Security and Agricultural Organisation based in Pretoria. Dr Hachigont has extensive experience in climate change and agriculture research, with a specific focus on the research to policy interface. Dr Hachigonta holds an MSc and a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Cape Town.

Roland Banya

Roland Banya

Impact Investment Lead

Roland Banya is a PhD candidate majoring in Finance at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. Roland has research experience working with Africagrowth Institute, the World Bank as well as for Business Unity South Africa. His research interests stem from Development Finance, International Finance and development Economics. Roland also holds an M.Sc. in International Finance and Economic Development from the University of Kent.

Phumeza Mgxashe

Phumeza Mgxashe

Communications Manager

Ms Mgxashe is the Communications Manager and Programme Manager for the New Economy Accelerator (NEA) programme. She is a marketing and communications professional with two decades’ experience and has been employed in various roles in both the private and public sector.

She is passionate about media relations, brand and employee communications in particular, and has a solid record of rallying team members to simultaneously meet customer needs while achieving organizational objectives.

She completed her communication studies at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, formerly PE Technikon. She has also completed studies in Marketing and Sales Management. Later she completed various executive education management courses at the Graduate School of Business of UCT.

Nonceba Febana

Nonceba Febana

Community Liaison: South Africa

Ms Nonceba Febana is our Community Liaison Manager in South Africa, responsible for our grassroots initiatives. She is currently researching the role of urban agriculture in building nutritional security in low income households in Cape Town. Nonceba Febana holds an Honours Degree in Geography from the University of Western Cape.

Sonwabile Lugogo

Sonwabile Lugogo

Researcher

Sonwabile Lugogo is a research fellow with AfriCGE. He is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of the Western Cape. His research interest is in Rural Development with a specific focus on Agricultural Development. His current Masters research is on investigating the practice and politics of state-funded rural development programmes in the former homeland of Transkei, Eastern Cape

Martin Müller

Martin Müller

Business Development Europe

Mr. Müller wants to enable entrepreneurship in Africa. He thinks that sustainable leadership and bold entrepreneurship will tackle global issues, such as poverty, climate change or migration flows. He is team leader at a regional development bank in Germany, Potsdam and managed projects with the European Commission, Research Institutes and Companies. He has excellent experiences in finance and communication and is our gatekeeper to Europe. Martin gained a MBA in general management at the German University for Professional Studies (Berlin) with trainings in Los Angeles and at the European Investment Bank (EIB), Luxemburg.

PARTNERS

Stichting Doen

Stichting Doen

Green Economy Coalition

Green Economy Coalition

New Economics Foundation

New Economics Foundation

Shared Value Africa

Shared Value Africa

Water Research Commission

Water Research Commission

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