IDAM hosts three-day colloquium and policy retreat

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Earlier this week on 13-15 November, the Institute for Development Assistance Management (IDAM) held a successful three-day colloquium and policy retreat at the East London ICC. The theme of the conference was: South Africa’s Consultative Forum on Development Assistance Management: A Reflection on Contextual Factors.

 The colloquium was a collaborative effort involving the following entities:  UFH, IDAM, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, National Treasury,  German Cooperation, GIZ, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as well the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

The sessions sought to reflect and deepen understanding of current experiences and practices in the development assistance arena within South Africa, SADC and African Union countries. Participants included scholars, politicians, public and private sector representatives, subject matter experts and UFH staff and students. 

The event was officially opened by Dr Ntombovuyo Wayi, Dean of the UFH Management and Commerce Faculty.

Delivering the keynote address, Eastern Cape Premier, Honourable Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane said the province needs development assistance resources from development agencies representing developed countries.

“Our infrastructure landscape is neglected and needs to be modernised for it to be responsive to the needs of our people and investors. Official development assistance agencies should partner with us to improve socio-economic infrastructure such as water and sanitation, modern schools and health facilities as these will improve the quality of life of our people,” said the Premier.

Discussions and presentations on day two focused on the evolution of development cooperation in South Africa as well as the role of development assistance management in addressing unemployment in our country.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Buhlungu, joined the conference on the last day and delivered a short address. He also participated in closing discussions and deliberations on future steps.