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New Book Published on Embedding Space in African Society in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals

8 Jan 2020 - 09:15

A new book was recently published involving a host of UCT SpaceLab members and other key figures in the space field (including Val Munsami, Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Space Agency), which provides a detailed insight into how space and its applications are embedded, and can be further embedded, into African society in support of the SDGs, while taking into account the specific features, needs, and diversity of that society. Contributions drawn from across the continent and further afield provide analyses of the particular social situations in a variety of different African countries and regions, and highlight areas where space applications support the SDGs, and where they can further do so. The chapters cover a wide array of relevant and timely topics including basic needs like water quality, education, and capacity building, as well as financial, security, and legal aspects, together with facets of space technologies and infrastructure in Africa.

Dr Annette Froehlich (SpaceLab, UCT) edited the volume and wrote a chapter on Space Applications Supporting Justice. Other SpaceLab students and alumni also contributed to the book, including Samuel Anih on Passive to Active Space and the Role of Space Assets in Sustainable Development, Christoffel Kotze on Sub-Saharan Africa: “Info-Agritech” a Potential Game Changer, David Lindgren on Space-Based Financial Services and Their Potential for Supporting Displaced Persons, Tivere Hugbo on The Importance of Internet Accessibility and Smart City in Sub-Sahara African Region Through Space Technology, André Siebrits (with Valentino van de Heyde from the University of the Western Cape) on Towards the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa: The African Space-Education Ecosystem for Sustainability and the Role of Educational Technologies, Anton de Waal Alberts on The Possible Beneficial Effect of Using Small Satellite Technology to Promote the Achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal of Poverty Reduction Specifically on the African Continent. This book represents a big step forward in increasing and facilitating the growth of knowledge production in the African space field. More information on this book can be found here.