Keynote Opening Speaker:
Hon. Marius Llewellyn Fransman,
Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa
Mmakgoshi Phetla-Lekhethe, SA National Treasury
Abdoul Salam Bello, NEPAD Planning & Coordination Agency
Carlos Alfonso Iglesias Puente, Embassy of Brazil
Shoayb Casoo, Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO)
Will Hines, UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Elaine Venter, UNDP Regional Centre for Eastern & Southern Africa
Rev. Malcolm Damon, Economic Justice Network
Michele Ruiters, Development Bank of Southern Africa
The global and African development landscape is rapidly evolving and one of the more significant and broadly influential trends has been the emergence of new development partners. South Africa is one such emerging player that will soon establish a more formal mechanism for providing development assistance through partnership arrangements with the rest of Africa – the South African Development Partnership Agency (SADPA).
Furthermore, South Africa has taken a keen interest in global debates on aid effectiveness, South-South cooperation and a reformulation of the concept of development. South Africa believes in the need to reconceptualise the aid-development nexus and the instruments required to achieve poverty alleviation. This latter is partly illustrated by South Africa's active engagement in diverse fora such as the post-Busan Global Partnership, the G20 Development Working Group, various multilateral development banks, the United Nations, and various African regional organisations.
Against this background, the South African Institute of International Affairs will host a closed roundtable on the 26 November 2012 to provide a space to share perspectives and expectations among diverse domestic and international stakeholders on 'South Africa as a development partner' and the role it plays in international development fora.
The workshop will discuss the paradigms and driving forces of South Africa's development partnerships, provide insights and understanding of the country's multi-faceted development engagements, and identify important elements in achieving a coherent development cooperation framework.