What Must Be Done If The State Is To Be Capable Of Poverty & Inequality Reduction?

Date: July 22, 2021
Time: 13:00-15:00
Venue: Online

The Academy of Science in South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair in Social Policy at UNISA, presents the first webinar in a new series

To register, click here or follow link in attached PDF: Webinar invitation – What must be done if the state is to be capable of poverty and inequality reduction.

In the context of weak state capacity and widespread concerns with poor quality of spending and corruption, what needs to be done to improve the state’s capacity? What needs to change in how the state ‘thinks’ that would enhance the state’s capacity to reduce poverty and inequality?

The webinar is the first in a series that will delve into the following themes:

  1. What to do to reduce poverty and inequality?
  2. How to fund interventions to reduce poverty?
  3. What must be done if the state is to be capable of poverty and inequality reduction?

The webinar will be co-hosted by Prof Jimi Adesina, the SARChI Chair in Social Policy; and moderated by Prof Steven Friedman , Centre for the Study of Democracy at Rhodes University and the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

The speakers are:

  • Adj/Prof (UTC) Andrew Boraine, Western Cape Economic Partnership
  • Prof Haroon Bhorat, Development Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town
  • Adj/Prof (Wits) Busani Ngcaweni, National School of Government
  • Mr Mazibuko Jara, Ntinga Ntaba kaNdoda and Oxfam
  • Prof Fiona Tregenna, SARChI in Industrial Development, UJ


Upcoming Events

Virtual Inaugural Address: Prof Mohammad Naushad Emmambux
Date: September 7, 2021
Time: 18:00-19:00
Venue: Virtual

This event has been moved from 30 June to 7 September 2021.


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