Ground-breaking Colloquium held in Johannesburg

AN international Colloquium entitled ‘Digital Finance in Africa’s Future: Innovations and Implications’ was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 22-26 October 2018.

Organised by the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study and the Human Economy Programme at the University of Pretoria, in association with Disrupting Africa, the Colloquium brought together African innovators in the field of digital finance as well as academics to discuss the latest developments in this increasingly important field.

The entire Colloquium was live-streamed. For links to the webcasts, click here.

About the participating institutions

The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) is a joint initiative of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa, and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Its purpose is to promote advanced research in the humanities and natural sciences, beyond the regular teaching and research activities at institutions of higher learning. Read more

The Human Economy Programme in the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria is an interdisciplinary programme aimed at placing human concerns at the centre of economic studies, and researching the nurturing and expansion of economic democracy, particularly in Africa and the Global South. Read more

Disrupting Africa is a global movement aimed at supporting and promoting African innovation, and preparing the next generation of Africans, both on the continent and in the diaspora, for disruptive technological trends. Read more


To access the programme, click here. To download a printable version of the programme, click here.


Mr Trevor Manuel delivers the keynote address.

The Colloquium was opened by Mr Trevor Manuel, former South African Minister of Finance, on Monday 22 October 2018 at the UJ Centre Theatre on the Auckland Park Kingsway (APK) campus. His address was followed by a panel discussion on ‘The Impact of Digital Finance on Africa’s Growth’, and a reception. Read more

Working sessions

The working sessions took place at JIAS in Westdene, Johannesburg, from Tuesday 23 October to Friday 26 October.


All the working sessions were live streamed, and distance participants were able to submit questions and comments. For links to the webcasts, click here.

Preliminary report

To download a preliminary Colloquium Report, click here.


Prof John Sharp, Director, Human Economy Programme, University of Pretoria.

At the Colloquium opening are, from left to right, Mr Stephen Mwauri Nduati, Mr Nnamdi Oranye, Mr Trevor Manuel, Prof Peter Vale, and Prof Saurabh Sinha.

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