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BEYOND 2015: Addressing Barriers to Civil Society Participation in the attainment of Millennium Development Goals

16 September 2014
12:30 - 13:30

Speakers: Dr Mimi Ndokweni Ms Yvonne Gwenhure EPD, HSRC
Date:  Tuesday, 16 September     Time: 12:30  – 13:30
Venue:    VCRs, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban

With the 2015 deadline for the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals on the horizon, there continues to be much debate on what shape the post-2015 arrangements should take and more importantly identifying the lessons learnt from which must inform the “transformational shifts” required to deliver radical change in pursuit of the goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030.

While the Millennium Development Goals have been recognised for heralding unprecedented global effort towards addressing poverty, concerns over Africa’s and more specifically South Africa’s uneven (and at times poor) progress in meeting MDG targets have been widely noted. Fundamental change is called for.
This seminar will share insights from a study conducted by the Economic Performance and Development Unit of the Human Sciences Research Council on Civil Society participation in realisation of MDG targets in South Africa. The study was commissioned by the National Development Agency (NDA) with the view to understanding the relevance and contribution of Civil Society Organisations in South Africa to the realisation of the MDG targets.

While it is acknowledged that governments have to take the lead in MDG processes, it is also evident that different stakeholders have distinct and equally important roles to play. CSOs it is noted can and should contribute towards the progressive realization of the MDGs but they need the requisite capacity in order to maximise their contribution.

The seminar may be attended in Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban

RSVP by 15 September
Cape Town: Ray Adams (021) 466 7936,  12th Floor, Plein Park Building, Plein Street, Cape Town
Durban: Ridhwaan Khan (031) 242 5400,   1st Floor, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor
Pretoria: Arlene Grossberg (012) 302 2811,  1st  Floor, HSRC Building, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria