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Unsustainable growth and the Lessons from South Africa

Jan Hofmeyr on Unsustainable growth and the Lessons from South Africa at the Shared Societies International Workshop held in Maastricht (May 2012).

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Jan Hofmeyr is Programme Head of Policy and Analysis at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (South Africa)

 

Maastricht Podcast Series! Jan Hofmeyr, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, South Africa

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

New podcast episode! “Unsustainable growth: Lessons from South Africa”

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Jan Hofmeyr is Head of Programme: Policy and Analysis at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation of South Africa.

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The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation is also a Club de Madrid partner in the Finding Ways to Walk Together dialogue initiative in South Africa.

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Finding Ways to Walk Together dialogue on Education held in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa – East London

“If I had this kind of dialogue in my youth, I would have been a Mandela by now.”

“Everything starts with us. We can till the soil with more vigour”.

 

By Ayanda Nyoka*

The Finding Ways to Walk Together initiative in South Africa convened a dialogue on Education in East London in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa on March 2-3, 2012.   The Eastern Cape is South Africa’s second largest province, and a birth place of most of South Africa’s prominent political leaders, such as Nelson Mandela to mention but a few. However, it is also the country’s most impoverished and underdeveloped province, having inherited the apartheid government’s deliberate underdevelopment of the homeland areas (Eastern Cape Development Corporation).

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Finding Ways to Walk Together dialogue initiative in South Africa

The Finding Ways to Walk Together initiative in South Africa which started last year is a partnership between the Shared Societies Project of the Club de Madrid, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) and Idasa as local partners, and a core group comprising the Letsema Circle, Dynamic Stability, the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust, and the Africa Centre for Dispute Resolution of the Stellenbosch University School of Business.

The initiative aims to build a critical analysis of the quality and impact of current dialogue efforts; what the cumulative effect of these dialogue efforts is; and how dialogue can achieve system level impact. Where is dialogue working and not working and why? How can we improve the quality of conversations and interaction in order to jointly tackle the huge challenges such as inequality and improving the standard of education?

Initially designed as a one year initiative, the initiative set out to convene four regional dialogues and a national level dialogue which is planned for the 25-26 of July 2012.

The first of the series of dialogues was held in the Western Cape in October 2011 which was an open-ended dialogue about the quality of dialogue in South Africa. Our most recent was held in the Eastern Cape on the 2nd to the 3rd of March with a specific focus on education. The Eastern Cape dialogue brought together learners, teachers, principals, civil society, business, and academia. The highlight of this dialogue was bringing and amplifying the voices of the learners which are so often left out in mainstream dialogues.

The next series of regional dialogue will be held in Limpopo on the 29th of March which will focus on unemployment and poverty; and a Free State youth dialogue will be convened on 31st May – 1st June.

A national dialogue will be convened on the 25-26 July 2012 in Johannesburg to bring together the recommendations from the regional dialogues.

 

 

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