Afreekonomics - DNA's Blog

DNA is a specialist economic consulting firm – working for diverse clients across a wide range of sectors – largely within South Africa, but also in a number of neighbouring countries.  In our work and daily lives we regularly encounter important and some not-so-important economic issues and questions; and we always have an opinion.  We aim to share our most original thoughts with you through this blog.  The views expressed here are those of DNA economists.  Economists seldom agree with each other and these views might not correspond with those of our managers, directors and our clients.

Africa’s Position in a Deglobalizing World

Kreyan Shunmugam
Africa's nearly 420 million youth embody the continent's vast potential for economic and social development. However, one third of these youth are currently unemployed and raising economic growth is crucial for harnessing this demographic dividend . In the previous period of globalisation, Africa depended heavily on exports of commodity goods ...

Escaping the EKC hypothesis – South Africa’s problematic choice

Vincent van der Westhuizen
The EKC hypothesis believes that developing countries will find themselves facing a trade-off between pursuing economic growth and environmental sustainability. For South Africa, this hypothesis seems to hold, placing the country in a very difficult position given its economic circumstances. In this blog, we discuss how South Africa finds itself ...

Carbon emission calculations

Nicola Wills
Carbon emission calculations are increasingly important in assessing an organisation's environmental footprint and formulating carbon emission reduction strategies. By calculating carbon emissions, organisations can play a pivotal role in creating a critical mass of efforts aimed at addressing the challenges posed by climate change on the continent. However, this process ...

Financing global warming

Nicola Wills
Quantifying financed emissions is a critical first step in building trust that financial institutions are integrating climate change concerns into their core business and that net zero pledges are being taken seriously ...