Building capability of the state to engage non-state actors - Foundation Office South Africa
Join us on 19 May, 10:00-11:00 for an online discussion on how society can respond to the gap left by a retreating state.
The notion of South Africa’s ‘disappearing state’ was exemplified in 2021 when Clover closed South Africa’s biggest cheese factory, citing poor service delivery by the Ditsobotla local municipality. 420 jobs were lost, devastating the small town of Lichtenburg. It made visible a state in retreat, in which only 27 of 257 municipalities achieved clean audits. There is an increasing understanding that improving state capability will require increased engagement with non-state societal actors to promote collaboration, restore basic services, hold government accountable and rebuild effective government and governance. The key question is how to do this in practice.
Our discussants are expert practitioners in the question of state-society relationships:
• Prof. William Gumede, Wits School of Governance, Democracy Works Foundation
• Dr Renier Koegelenberg, National Religious Association for Social Development (NRASD)
• Prof. Andrew Boraine, CEO, Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (EDP)
• Chipo Hamukoma, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator
We look forward to your participation!
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