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29 March 2016

Action dialogue on poverty, inequality and sustainable development in Africa and beyond

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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The HSRC and its social partners cordially invite you to attend the first of many Action Dialogues which the HSRC will present over the coming months.  The first Action Dialogue will take place on Thursday, 31 March 2016 at Kievits Kroon Country Estate & Spa, Pretoria.

It is the mandate of the HSRC to ‘stimulate public debate through effective dissemination of research based data and fact-based research results. The purpose of this dialogue is to better understand the far-reaching consequences of poverty, inequality for the well-being and life chances affecting the citizens of Africa, our BRICS counterparts and beyond.

Our first Action Dialogue is aptly titled: Action Dialogue on Poverty, Inequality and Sustainable Development in Africa and Beyond. The three broad focus areas of the Action Dialogue encompass the multiple dimensions of Economic Prosperity, Social Progress as well as Governance and Decision-Making.

Several key speakers will be present including: Prof Crain Soudien, CEO, HSRC; Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller, HSRC AISA; Prof Haroon Bhorat,   Development Policy Research Unit, UCT (via video link); Ms Sibulele Poswayo, Economic Justice Network South African, Inequality Secretariat; Rev Malcom Damon, Economic Justice Network Executive Director; Mr Mthandazo Ndlovu, Oxfam Programme Manager; Prof Seeraj Mohamed, Associate Professor Economics Department, UWC; Dr Jaya Josie, HSRC BRC; Prof Rasigan Maharajh, IERI; Dr Hester Du Plessis, MISTRA; Dr Buntu Siwisa; Dr Aquina Thulare, UNISA; Prof Nico Jooste, NMMU; Prof Ronney Ncwadi, NMMU; Dr Monique Salomon, UKZN; Mr Michael Cosser, HSRC and Dr Alexis Habiyaremye, HSRC.

Venue: Kievits Kroon Country Estate & Spa, Pretoria
Date: Thursday, 31 March 2016







09.00 – 09.15

Welcome & Introductions

Prof Crain Soudien – CEO, HSRC

09.15 – 10.15

Session: Keynote address and Panel Discussion

Chair: Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller, HSRC AISA

09: 15 – 09:30

Keynote Address on Poverty & Inequality

Prof Haroon Bhorat –  Development Policy Research Unit, UCT (via video link)

09:30 – 10:15

Panel discussion: Poverty, Inequality and Unemployment in Africa

Ms Sibulele Poswayo – Economic Justice Network South African Network on Inequality Secretariat (Facilitator)

Rev Malcom Damon – Economic Justice Network Executive Director

Mr Mthandazo Ndlovu – Oxfam Programme Manager

10:15 – 10:30

Poverty, Inequality and Unemployment : Economic Responses

Prof Seeraj Mohamed, Associate Professor Economics Department – UWC

10:30 – 10:45



10:45 – 14:00

Action Dialogue and key responses

Chair: Dr Jaya Josie, HSRC BRC

10:45 – 12:30

Responses from participants





Open dialogue

Prof Rasigan Maharajh, IERI

Dr Hester Du Plessis, MISTRA

Dr Buntu Siwisa

Dr Aquina Thulare, UNISA

Prof Nico Jooste, NMMU

Prof Ronney Ncwadi, NMMU

Dr Monique Salomon, UKZN

Mr Michael Cosser, HSRC

Dr Alexis Habiyaremye, HSRC


12:30 – 13:15



13:15 – 14:00

Open dialogue continued


14:00 – 15:00

Consolidation, summary and action plans

Prof Narnia Bohler Muller (HSRC)

15:00 – 15:30



For more detail information on the Action Dialogue contact: Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller for interviews and a summary of the Action Dialogue on 012 – 316 9767.

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