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This chapter is a retrospective account of how I developed a means of conducting interviews in such a way that the meanings that young M_ori people constructed about their schooling experiences could be brought to a wider audience, including their teachers. This chapter is based on work that I undertook in the mid-1990s when investigating what constituted kaupapa M_ori research methods that would address M_ori and other indigenous and minoritised people’s concerns about research into their lives. During this work I expanded on a process of narrative analysis termed Collaborative Storying that was subsequently used to develop narratives of M_ori student experiences. These narratives were then used to develop a research and development project called Te Kotahitanga, which was then implemented in 49 secondary schools in New Zealand from 2001 to 2013. This work has subsequently been developed into a further iteration of the theory that relationships are fundamental to learning, and is now being implemented in New Zealand and Australia.

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Russell Bishop and Milan Brahmbhatt

Economic transformation will be critical to continue the ‘African growth miracle’ and overcome the region’s development challenges. The diversity of African economies, distinctive regional trends and upheavals in global economic conditions means the pattern of economic transformation is likely to be different from those observed in today’s developed countries and there is unlikely to be a single ‘African model’ that all countries can emulate and follow. One such difference highlighted by African regional institutions and within national economic strategies relates to ensuring ‘green’ growth, whereby the natural environment can continue to provide the services on which the welfare of both present and future generations depends. This chapter argues that the conditions and routes for economic transformation in Africa present many opportunities for green – or at least greener – growth in agriculture, energy, cities and the emergence of modern sectors, be they in industry or services. To exploit these opportunities policymakers will be challenged by the scale and pace of change and the requirement to provide jobs, infrastructure and public services for a young and increasingly urbanized population. Progress can also be accelerated through enhanced institutional capacity, and by managing the political economy of change.