The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the University of Cape Town’s Poverty and Inequality Initiative (PII) participate in South Africa’s social cohesion discussion
The Agence Française de Développement in collaboration with the University of Cape Town’s Poverty and Inequality Initiative on Monday 24 October 2016 launched an in-depth research project which aims to contribute to the discourse on addressing social cohesion and inclusive development issues.
The objectives of the collaborative research programme are to formulate a relevant approach to social cohesion in South Africa; construct and measure social cohesion indicators; conduct an in-depth analysis of ethnic and racial inequalities in South Africa; and, finally shed light on the connections between social cohesion and inequalities and their implications for public policies.
South African scholars who are well versed in history, politics and the economy of the country will contribute to the research together with the expertise of Japanese and AFD research officers on global best practices and analytical tools.
Ambassador of France to South Africa, HE Elisabeth Barbier attended a panel discussion on social cohesion in Cape Town on 24 October.
Panelists included social activist Mary Burton, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng - Deputy Vice Chancellor Designate of Research and Internationalisation at UCT, Fumani Mthembi - MD at Knowledge Pele, Patience Salane - Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) and Dr. Abraham Chupe Serote - Department of Arts and Culture. The discussion was facilitated by Professor Pippa Green.
The AFD is the French Development Agency that is committed to partnering with South Africa to achieve sustainable development by financing initiatives that will enhance South Africa’s development goals.