Carlos Lopes, Alan Hirsch and Ashley Francis say a few words at the celebration
The Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice was established at the University of Cape Town in 2011, to promote and inspire strategic public leadership in Africa. The School aims to make public service at the highest levels of leadership an aspiration for the most talented of Africa’s rising generation, and is one of the of the few public leadership institutions located in the global South. In its first five years, the School has already become a key player in strengthening the capacity of public officials in South Africa and across Africa, and is at the forefront of building the skills of policymakers. The School has made significant advances towards establishing a close fellowship amongst leaders in South Africa and in Africa more broadly, promoting peer networks and building bridges between leaders in government and in other fields such as academia, business, civil society and the arts.
30 November 2016 saw the School celebrate 5 years as well as the launch of a report.