Forthcoming events in the Trust programme

Rethinking Geopolitical Risks : Africa, The Rise of the Global South & the US-China Rivalry

Wednesday, 30 October, 2024 - 12:00

Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research and the Innovation Foundation for

Beyond apocalypse: Rethinking capitalism, democracy and crisis in SA (17 - 19 September 2024)

Tuesday, 17 September, 2024 - 18:00

Thirty years since the end of apartheid the public mood in South Africa is pes

Monday, 22 July, 2024 - 16:00

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Nigeria commenced enrolment to its national identity program in 2007, and enrolment numbers as of July 2023 stands at 101.6 million.

Monday, 13 May, 2024 - 16:00

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I hope to explore the confrontation between on the one hand efforts of the postcolonial state to create a biometric citizen and, on the other the implications of local visions of the person as double, incomplete etc.; these local views can be summarized as ‘witchcraft’, bu

Unified Theory of Trust | Waqf and the Islamic Law of Trust

Thursday, 25 April, 2024 - 14:00

Keith Breckenridge with commentary from Ayesha Omar

Monday, 15 April, 2024 - 16:00

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This article analyzes how individuals react to the age barriers established by the state for access to public service in Cameroon.

Monday, 18 March, 2024 - 16:00

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Sitas et al

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Monday, 4 March, 2024 - 16:00

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Monday, 19 February, 2024 - 16:00

Presented by: 

al Dahdah

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WISER | African Trust Infrastructures | Part-time Doctoral Applications

Thursday, 1 February, 2024 - 00:00

Over the last twenty years WiSER has established itself as the leading interdisciplinary research

Interdisciplinary Research Webinar on Population Registers, Ethics and Human Rights

Tuesday, 10 October, 2023 - 16:00

WISER, in collaboration with the IUSSP, IIGH and ISER, invite you to join us for a panel discussi

Monday, 18 September, 2023 - 16:00

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Secure land and natural resource rights are key ingredients for rural transformation, social inclusion, and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Monday, 11 September, 2023 - 16:00

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In the early 20th century, groups of black land buyers purchased land in the Transvaal with the intention of farming on a large scale.

Monday, 4 September, 2023 - 16:00

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This is a hybrid seminarPlease join us in the WISER seminar room or register for the session in advance of the meeting at : 

Monday, 28 August, 2023 - 16:00

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This is an on-line seminarPlease, register for the session in advance of the meeting at : 

Land, debt and trust in the making of biometric capitalism

Thursday, 24 August, 2023 - 12:30
Ataya, HUMA Interdisciplinary Seminar Series, University of Cape Town
Monday, 21 August, 2023 - 16:00

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This is an on-line seminarPlease, register for the session in advance of the meeting at : 

Monday, 7 August, 2023 - 16:00

Presented by: 

du Toit

This is a hybrid seminar.  We will meet in the WISER seminar room and host participants on-line.  On-line participants should, please, regis

Appointment | Researcher | Trust Infrastructures

Friday, 21 July, 2023 - 00:00

WISER seeks to appoint a Researcher on a three year contract renewable

Thursday, 8 June, 2023 - 10:00

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Platform economies are depicted as the foundation for a new era of economic production. This transpires through the incorporation of digital technologies and algorithmic operations into the heart of economic and financial practices.

Monday, 22 May, 2023 - 16:00

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This article considers the changing role of a local municipality in the political economy of the Waterberg region of Limpopo.

Monday, 15 May, 2023 - 16:00

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This paper explores how processes of white supremacy and racialisation coalesce in governing differential im/mobilities in mid-Twentieth Century African Trusts administered by the British under the League of Nations Mandate System and later UN Trusteeship Council.

Monday, 8 May, 2023 - 16:00

Presented by: 

Keren Weitzberg &
Radha Upadhyaya

This paper charts the rise of digital credit in Kenya. It highlights the data on evidence on the problems of digital credit, including the high cost of credit, overindebtedness, and unfair blacklisting.

Monday, 24 April, 2023 - 16:00

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This paper examines digital media contents created by young Guineans on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube which all foreground literacy as a site of generational contention and struggle.

Invitation | Building trust after the African polycrisis | People, Energy, Climate and Finance

Wednesday, 15 March, 2023 - 16:00

Can African Finance build pathways out of the African Polycrisis : Join Adam Tooze, Patrick Mweheire and Sim Tshabalala in discussion with Hlonipha Mokoena

Monday, 13 March, 2023 - 16:00

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& Marie-Emmanuelle

Monday, 6 March, 2023 - 16:00

Presented by: 

Soares de Oliveira

One of the key features of today's global economy is an ‘offshore world’ of financial structures, institutions and techniques designed to provide secrecy, asset protection and tax exemption.

Monday, 27 February, 2023 - 16:00

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Simandou mountain chain in Guinea contains the biggest unexploited high-quality iron ore reserves in the world.

African Trust Infrastructures : Call for Doctoral Fellowship Applications

Friday, 20 January, 2023 - 18:00

Over the last twenty years WiSER has established itself as the leading interdisciplinary research

Bhalisa 3 | Cambridge | Panels

Tuesday, 19 March, 2019 - 23:30

See the list of panels below.

The Bhalisa Network

The Bhalisa Network is an actively inter-disciplinary group of two hundred researchers, policy makers and implementers who work on the political, economic and moral effects of digital population registration systems. The word, bhalisa, means “cause to be written, or registered” in isiZulu.

Towards a unified theory of Trust

In this lecture series we aim to rework the fragmented scholarly accounts of trust into a general understanding that may strengthen institutions on the African continent. To date, the different geopolitical elements of trust have been treated as separate and autonomous domains.

Standard Bank Chair in African Trust Infrastructures

Keith Breckenridge, November 2022

WISER is pleased to announce a new, long-term research project into African Trust Infrastructures.  With generous support from Standard Bank we will be hosting a new doctoral research programme examining the development of digital population registration systems, and their effects on institutions. 


IUSSP Fellowship and Orientation Week

Population Registers, Ethics, and Human Rights

An IUSSP initiative carried out in collaboration with WiSER, ISER & IIGH with the aid of a grant from IDRC. 

Legal Mobilisation Against State Capture

Klaaren, Jonathan. "Legal Mobilisation Against State Capture." In State Capture in South Africa: How and why it happened. Wits University Press, 2023.

The Trust Seminar

Many countries on the African continent are building powerful new biometric population registration systems. Often matched with credit scoring regulations and digital payment systems, these tools are designed to have powerful effects on finance. The advocates of these systems describe them as trust infrastructures, mainly because they can be used to simplify payments and strengthen credit distribution in the context of unreliable identification and collateral systems. Trust is important, but it is also complicated and difficult.

Institut Francais de Pondycherry | Digital & Society: Social Sciences Winter School

Between November 12 and 19, the Trust Doctoral fellows will be attending a week long Winter School in Pondycherry, India hosted by the Institut Francais de Pondycherry. 

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