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Development Dialogue - Isandla Institute

Isandla Institute and the Open Society Foundation for South Africainvite you to a Development Dialogue on
  Leadership as the missing ingredient in efforts to improve government performance
Speakers:  Professor Kader Asmal (former  Education Minister)
Professor Brian O’Connell (Vice- Chancellor of UWC)
 Venue: Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria   Street,Cape Town   (Opposite the Company Gardens)
Date: 18 February 2010
Time: 16:30 – 18:00
(tea and coffee served beforehand, please be  seated at 16:30)

RSVP: by 08 February 2010
The South African state is often bemoaned for not being effective, efficient or sufficiently developmental in its orientation and approach. Common explanations offered include lack of human capacity, requisite skills and/or financial resources, bureaucratic inertia, inappropriate institutional design to meet the objectives of the developmental state, weak management and corruption. Efforts to enhance performance tend to focus on strengthening capacity, accountability, value-for-money and efficiency. Often, very little attention is being paid to the role and value of leadership, not just at political level, but across the institution.
By its own admission, government must be more effective in delivering quality services and facilitating development. This is stated in the Discussion Document titled Improving government performance: Our approach, released by The Presidency in September 2009. The document includes lack of political will and inadequate leadership among the reasons why government has not been as developmental in its orientation and results as it ought to be. But it does not clarify what kind of leadership is required or how it will be executed, other than suggesting that more centralised (political) leadership is needed.
What kind of leadership is appropriate in a context of rapid change, systemic poverty and entrenched and deepening inequality? Where is leadership vested? And how is such leadership nurtured and sustained?
The Development Dialogue will be held on Thursday 18 February 2010 from 16h30-18h00 (at the Centre for the Book, Cape Town). Tea and coffee are made available between 16h00-16h30. Kindly note that the event will start at 16h30. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity for informal interaction over drinks and snacks.
A Shuttle that departs from the venue at 18h40 will be made available for those dependent on public transport. Please confirm your transport requirement with your confirmation of attendance. A limited number of transportation requests will be honoured.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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