Article appears courtesy of European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), GREAT Insights Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 4. July/August 2016.
by Marianne Camerer
Issues of visas, free movement of people, encouraging cultural, academic, leadership exchanges are crucial and key to regional integration. Governments need to be a key part of the conversation and encouraged not to be limited by national domestic agendas for short political gain.
On Saturday 9 July 2016, the MPhil in Development Policy and Practice students of 2015 and 2016 had the privilege to meet two students from the pioneer class of 2014. The two students, Saarah Salie and Percy Makombe, are two of the students who were the first to graduate with an MPhil in Development Policy and Practice.
Unchecked, rising inequality is one of the most important risks to the sustainability of African growth. Africa is in much better shape than it was 30 years ago. Growth has risen, poverty has been reduced, violent conflicts are less prevalent, and democracy and other forms of accountability are found in many more countries.
It was a cold and rainy day at UCT, but nothing was going to dampen the enthusiasm of the group of inaugural graduates from the UCT Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP) who had gathered for a celebratory lunch after their graduation ceremony.