The second day of AWID started off with a plenary that outlined the key context trends in global economics and explored some proposals for transformation and change. One key trend that most panelists highlighted is that the current system of accounting for national economic performance has not worked for women.

The Paradox of Unequal Growth

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In another huge blow to the credibility of Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika and his government, the US has suspended a massive aid package, which would have ploughed US$350 million into the country's barely-existent power sector. It is also a devastating blow to the millions of Malawians who would have benefitted from the extra electricity - and a potentially fatal blow to hopes of sustainable growth and development.

While the Spear debate raged recently, a group of activists and academics convened in Cape Town to discuss the very issues that the controversial artwork sought to raise. The OpenForum, provocatively titled “Money, Sex and Power: The Paradox of Unequal Growth” brought back a flood of memories for me – memories of the way activism once was in South Africa.

OpenForum on the theme of Money, Power and Sex: The paradox of unequal growth. Taking place at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town, the OpenForum will represent the first event of its kind and will provide a space for activists, academics, businesspeople and policy-makers to talk about the economic, social and political implications for Africa of the emerging world order.

On the day before the OpenForum begins, the four Open Society Africa Foundations will be convening a Youth Summit with around 60 participants coming from more than 20 African countries. An underlying theme throughout the OpenForum will be that of ‘game-changing’.

The competition was based on the theme of the OpenForum - Money, Power and Sex: The Paradox of Unequal Growth - and received entries from across the continent. These were judged by a jury composed of some of the world’s most renowned documentary photographers. Convened by the Pulitzer Prize-winning South African photographer, Greg Marinovich, the jury included Jodi Bieber, Boniface Mwangi, Ricardo Mazalán, Yunghi Kim, David Dare Parker, Munem Wasif and Rankin.


Looking back at the OpenForum

It started on a sexual note at the auditorium of the International Convention Centre Cape Town. Kim Kardashian and her sisters in the black, stylish, super sexy bikinis on display via the big screen to a stunned audience got the energy and adrenaline of the delegates jumpstarted on what this particular conference was all about ; no words minced, no holds barred, just plain unadulterated Money, Power and of course Sex – the talk if not the act.

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