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Decisive Action to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals

17 February 2011
12:30 - 14:30

The Challenge to the Southern African Development Community

Date :

17 February 2011

Time :

12:30 – 14:30


You are invited to the launch of the policy brief Decisive Action to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

The HSRC in partnership with George Washington University is launching a set of policy briefs to highlight current research conclusions to the widest set of stakeholders.




  • Chair: Dr Udesh Pillay, Execitive Director, Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery research programme, HSRC
  • Opening Comments: Dr Olive Shisana, CEO, HSRC 
  • Presentation: Dr David Hemson, research director, Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery research programme, HSRC
  • Discussion 

This brief captures key issues in improving the lives of Southern African people through implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The need for change (identified in progress towards key MDGs) is most urgent in Southern Africa but the opportunities for improvement are also the greatest. There is a mixture of hope and realism as the target date of 2015 approaches. The research, funded by the Southern African Trust, is directed towards Southern African Development Community (SADC) and constituent governments. It concludes that in a number of targets the MDG are being approached but that the pace of change in others is too slow. In a minority of targets no progress is being made. The intention of researchers in southern Africa producing the brief is to engage SADC and governments in research initiatives to support regional initiatives to spur interventions to bring the MDG to realisation in 2015. 

This policy brief speaks to:


  • Policy-makers seeking feedback on progress towards MDG;
  • Researchers and academics developing methodologies and research to measure progress; and
  • SADC officials and constituents driving the regional plan for development.

The presentation from the seminar is now available for download  


To researve a seat kindly RSVP by 15 February 2011



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