AFRICA DAY: Launch of Report on African Economic Integration

22 May 2016
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Nkrumah and other African leaders saw African Economic Integration as a long – term goal for African states.  Although many steps have already been taken towards this objective, there have also been a number of challenges.

Passing of Nosiku Kalonga, an alumnus of our inaugural 2015 “Leading in Public Life” Young African Leaders Programme

04 May 2016
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It is with great sadness and shock that as the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP) we learned of the untimely passing of Nosiku Kalonga, a social justice activist from Zambia. We understand that Nosiku passed away in early March from complications resulting from a medical procedure. An alumnus of the inaugural 2015 “Leading in Public Life” Young African Leaders Programme, she came to UCT for two weeks in March 2015 and we met again in Lusaka, Zambia in November 2015 at an alumni gathering and regional workshop on African economic integration.

Prof Msengana-Ndlela appointment key to Public Leadership and Development Policy programmes

31 March 2016
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Respected civil servant, Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela, has been appointed as Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She has a professional relationship with UCT’s Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP), including facilitating key courses. Prof Msengana-Ndlela will continue to play an important role in GSDPP’s programmes, including participation in seminars on Leading in Public Life, research and courses on Evidence-based Policymaking and Implementation.

Evidence-based Policy-making Course May 2016

31 March 2016
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The Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice, in partnership with the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in the Presidency, and the Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development (PSPPD) in the Presidency, will once again offer a three day introductory course on Evidence-Based Policy-Making and Implementation (EBPM&I) from 23 - 25 May, in Cape Town.

Ferial Haffajee talks race and student politics

29 March 2016
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UCT’s Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP) and UCT’s Centre for Film and Media Studies hosted a seminar with City Press editor, Ferial Haffajee, in conversation with UCT SRC president Rorisang Moseli. The event was one of the key public events of this year’s Leading in Public Life (LPL) project, overseen by GSDPP’s Building Bridges programme. The LPL project brings together young African leaders from across the continent to enhance their leadership skills and to build networks of collaboration among nominees and alumni.

Prof Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela reflects on the challenge of good leadership

29 March 2016
Prof Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela has recently been appointed as Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Prof Msengana-Ndlela has had a long professional association with UCT’s Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP) and she spoke to us about the challenges of fostering exemplary leadership in public institutions.

Focus on public leadership as UCT's second Leading in Public Life programme kicks off

09 March 2016
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The GSDPP’s Building Bridges programme is currently running an intensive leadership training programme with 25 emerging African leaders. Participants who were selected following a competitive nomination process include, amongst others, media practitioners, social justice activists, public servants and civil society advocates from Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe

GSDPP seminar with Ferial Haffajee

08 March 2016
ferrialCity Press editor, Ferial Haffajee is a keynote speaker at this evening’s GSDPP seminar, which is being co-hosted with UCT’s Centre for Film and Media Studies. She will be joined by UCT SRC president, Rorisang Moseli and the moderator will be Prof Sakhela Buhlungu, Dean of Humanities at UCT.

The seminar will focus on Haffajee’s recently-published book, “What if there were no whites in South Africa?”, and the discussion will look at issues of media, social activism and public leadership, particularly in the light of the current nationwide student protests.

The seminar takes place from 5pm-7pm in the Fourth Floor Seminar Room at the School of Economics.

See poster of the event


Applications still open for innovative training programme for senior African managers

14 January 2016
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Applications are now open for the innovative skills development programme offered by the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP), the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), the Higher Institute of Management (ISM) in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, and CEFEB, the corporate university of the French Development Agency.

Applications and further information is accessible online.


Building Bridges hosts regional workshop in Lusaka

11 December 2015
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Trade initiatives within Africa have the potential to strengthen industrialisation across the continent. However, according to the United Nations,  Africa has the lowest global shares of intra-regional trade when compared with South America and Asia. This is despite longstanding efforts by African regional bodies that have been working for economic integration.

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