Program: Game Changers Bay - 3rd Edition 2017

Skills for the future 09:30 - 11:00 Speakers
At one historical point, Zimbabwe’s education was touted as one of the best on the African continent, anchored on the ethos of hard work, honesty and quality of delivery. The fact that, education’s role in Zimbabwean economy has undergone a relative decline in the face of multifaceted crises including that of unemployment and underemployment means that, Zimbabwe could usefully pause to examine its national strategies vis-à-vis the future of work and role of education within the global narrative, its strategic relationships including under the Africa-EU relations. Not all has been undone, there is a progressive forward looking constitution that enshrines every Zimbabwean’s right to education. The new curriculum and remarkable strides around STEM or STI program(s) are efforts aimed at re-framing the function and role of education in the 21st century. In this debate, we pause to analyze and posit education’s place in the broader Zimbabwean and Global economy, how Zimbabwe in particular and Africa in general can benefit from the upcoming EU-Africa Summit and its relations going into the future paying particular attention to skills transfer.
Ambassador Philippe Van Damme (EU Delegation Harare)
Ms. Christine Juta
Director Education Matters
Ms. Talent Chademana
Zimbabwe’s Informal Economy: Is Popular Self-Organized Economy the New Economy? 11:00 - 12:00 Speakers
The informal economy is diverse and complex, at least 80% of Zimbabweans participate in one form or the other in this ‘economy’. The concept of informal economy itself does not have a unitary construct, some studies focus on informal sector, informal employment, informal firms, informal entrepreneurship to name a few. Research into the informal economy is voluminous and nuanced for different contexts. However, comparatively little differentiated research is publicly available on the Zimbabwean context. Interest in the dynamics of the informal economy in Zimbabwe is progressively growing and maintaining a youth perspective is an important priority for Zimbabwe for different practical reasons. We are also clear that, the informal economy will not be totally wiped off the face of Zimbabwean reality; rather we postulate that reversing its ratio to the ‘formal’ economy should help reshape and redefine the State-Citizen-Economy relationship. This debate will among three key areas unpack the meaning and implications of a dominant ‘informal economy’; its players, activities and its intersection with young people; proffer policy options for interrogating ‘formalization’/ transitioning without persecution. The second tier of the debate will look at the role and function of the State, and its institutional influence in allocating entrepreneurial resources between the informal and formal spheres of the economy.
Deprose Muchena
Naome Chakanya
Dr Bernd Mueller
Challenging Power: a Conversation with Dr. Tawanda Mutasah 12:00 - 13:00 Speakers
The fight against inequality and poverty will not be realized in our lifetime without challenging systems that entrench them. In modest terms, we challenge and entrench power every day. Sometimes we do not even know that we are doing either. If there is an iota of hope that convinces us of the urgency of the point in history that we find ourselves in today, then this conversation will allow us to re-shape the trajectory of our collective future through sharing knowledge and tools that would allow for social and economic transformation as envisioned in declarations (including the Sustainable Development Goals). This intergenerational debate will unpack the meaning of power, its emerging forms and rhetoric such as the ‘them and us’ narratives, the role and function of social and societal institutions. The debate will also posit the art of blending old and new forms of democratically challenging power using stories and case studies.
Dr Tawanda Mutasa
Zimbabwe: An Opportunity 13:00 - 14:00 Speakers
In 2013, Zimbabwe found itself in a place of excitement and optimism. One located within the whims of re-defining the course of human destination born out of the euphoria associated with the adoption of a new constitution. The energy and vibrancy of Zimbabwe epitomized by its young people, women, men and the diaspora make a strong case for the country’s trajectory. To fully realize and harness Zimbabwe’s potential, what steps should young people, business, diaspora and the international community take. The debate poses fundamental questions around strategic choices we need to make for our country. It seeks first and foremost to ascertain whether we see the same problems or challenges and aspire to the same future. How do we comprehend our location and probable role within the global village in general and our continent of Africa in particular? Have we taken enough steps to become investor friendly (both at domestic and foreign) this implies questions around the state of our infrastructure. Is our glass half full or half empty? This house believes that Zimbabwe is indeed an opportunity.
H.E. Ambassador Catriona Laing (UK Embassy Harare)
Thabo Dube
Ms. Ngcwele Khumalo
McDonald Lewanika

After the Debate So What?

Unlike many debates that take place in different formats, theSpace seeks to contribute to a youth driven knowledge economy that shapes the future. Each of our experts are encouraged to provide two urgent steps that Government or Private Sector or Society needs to take towards achieving a shared goal. Secondly each panelist is encouraged to offer a policy recommendation at the end of the session. A working paper (developed by theSpace) will be written and used to lobby stakeholders or affirm current positions. Depending on key action points campaigns will be carried out as part of carrying the conversation to the next level through implementation.