New Directions in Economics and Ethics: Towards a New World Order

The conference, co-hosted by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and St Augustine College of South Africa, focusses on ethical challenges of the current economic system and what lessons can be learned from the recent economic crisis.


DAY 1: Wednesday, 15 September


Session 1 Setting the political and economic scene

09:00-9:45 The world economy since 1945 and the changing functions of international economic institutions

(UN, World Bank, IMF, GATT/WTO,BIS)

Charles Simkins, St Augustine College

09:45-10:30 Global political power transitions, state regimes and distributive conflict within and between states

Raphael de Kadt, St Augustine College


Session 2A The role of the state in a social market system and in a global context

11:00-11:45 The relevance of social market economics in the current global situation

Jörg M. Winterberg, Rektor SRH Hochschule Heidelberg

Session 2B Business and the public good

11:45-12:30 Merchants of Modernity: Business and the Public Good

Ann Bernstein, Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE)

12:45-1:30 LUNCH

Session 3 Sociological and theological aspects of economic globalization

13:45-14:30The sociological implications of economic globalization

David Fryer, Rhodes University

14:30-15:15Catholic social thought and the global economy, with special emphasis on

Caritas in Veritate

Rodney Moss, St Augustine College


Session 4 Economic globalization and people

15:30-16:15 The challenges of international migration

Aurelia Wa Kabwe-Segatti, Forced Migration Studies Programme, WITS

16:15-17:00 Education for all: economic and social inclusion imperatives

Nick Rowe, St Augustine College

DAY 2: Thursday, 16 September

Session 5 Ethics and the global economy

09:00-09:45Ethical challenges of the current economic system: the common good: access to global forums, distributive

justice, management of the global commons, and climate

Marilise Smurthwaite, St Augustine College

09:45-10:30 New Directions in Global Financial Governance and Regulation

Laurence Boulle, Mandela Institute, WITS


Session 6 New directions

11:00-12:00 New Directions in Economics and Ethics

Gerard Walmsley, St Augustine College


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