HIGHLIGHTS OF 2014 FOR INCLUSIVE ECONOMIES PROJECT
As we start the New Year and look forward to another exciting year, we take a look at the key highlights of 2014 for the Inclusive Economies project.
Launch of the 2013 Transformation Audit Report
In 2014 we launched yet another exciting edition of the Transformation Audit, titled ‘Confronting Exclusion’.
An electronic copy of the Transformation Audit 2013 publication can be found on this link: http://bit.ly/1h9Raqj
To launch the 2013 editing, Economist and contributor to the TA, Dr Iraj Abedian delivered a keynote address at the breakfast briefing on the theme of Intergenerational Justice.
To watch the entire briefing, please follow this link: http://bit.ly/1fvnUx8
An electronic version of Dr. Iraj Abedian speech can be found on this link: http://bit.ly/1tMESKd
The project had an opportunity to brief a delegation of diplomatic staff from the various embassies, on South Africa’s development trends.
Youth Election debate
Following on the theme of intergenerational justice, the project convened a youth election debate in the run up to the 2014 general elections. Representatives from the ANC youth league, AgangSA, Economic Freedom Front (EFF), and the Democratic Alliance (DA) engaged in a lively debate with young people on their strategies and election manifestos for advancing the interests of youth.
We share key highlights from this event please follow this link: http://bit.ly/1BY2G27
Radical land reform
Inequitable land access is central to issues of justice, development and transformation in South Africa. The ANC government has set as its agenda radical economic transformation for the next 5 years. Among its key priorities is accelerating land reform implementation. .The critical importance of land was again highlighted by President Zuma in the January 8 statement which marked 103 years birthday celebration of the ANC.
Last year, during the August women’s month, the Inclusive Economies project convened a public dialogue with a panel of experts to discuss the likely implication of the government’s radicalised policy discourse with respect to women’s access to land and the promotion of rural livelihoods.
To watch clips of this conversation, follow the links below:
Prof. Aninka Claassens, From the Rural; Women’s Action Research Project: http://bit.ly/14L7Og3
Prof. Andries du Toit, from the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS): http://bit.ly/1AHIemJ
Ms. Carmen Louw from Women on Farms Project: http://bit.ly/1BagAk3
The Q&A session can be accessed here:
http://bit.ly/1pG3V2X and http://bit.ly/1Baijpk.
A policy brief titled Women, Land and Livelihoods in South Africa’s Land Reform Programme was published in the same month. http://bit.ly/1BYxakz
The project also hosted as seminar with Professor Bernadette Atuahene as part of her South Africa book tour of her new book titled “We want what’s ours” . The book explores the symbolic value of land restitution and Bernadette argues that approaches to land restitution should be focus on ‘dignity restoration’ and be based on principles of restorative justive that seek to “rehabilitate the dispossessed and reintegrate them into the fabric of society”.
Visit the book’s website for more information : http://wewantwhatsours.com/
In the media
KHAYELITSHA COMMISSION FINDINGS: WHAT NOW?
Media Published: GroundUp
Author: Ayanda Nyoka (author)
KEEPING YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT ON TOP OF THE POLITICAL AGENDA
Media Published: Mail & Guardian
Author: Jan Hofmeyr
BOLSTER SOCIAL RELATIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT
Media Published: The New Age
Author: Ayanda Nyoka (author)
TRANSFORMATION AUDIT 2013: CONFRONTING EXCLUSION
Media Published: various
- Past injustices and present failures a toxic blend, Business Day, 15 August 2014
- Transformation Audit 2013: Confronting Exclusion, Lead SA, 25 February 2014
- Time to honestly reflect on lessons learned, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, Sunday Tribune, 23 February 2013
- South African education lacks quality, Crystal Oderson, The Africa Report, 21 February 2014
- Budget ‘may focus on welfare instead of infrastructure’, Linda Ensor, Business Day, 21 February 2014
- Institute calls for South African code of ethics, eNCA online, 21 February 2014