The French Embassy in South Africa co-organises a youth debate on public governance in Durban
On Friday 2 June 2017, the French Embassy in South Africa, in collaboration with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) Youth, co-organised a youth debate on public governance at the Alliance Française de Durban.
Around 70 high-school pupils and students from various institutions in KwaZulu-Natal met to exchange views on the state of governance in South Africa. Overseen by the president of the Open Democracy Advise Centre(ODAC) and current co-chair of the Open Governance Partnership (OGP), Mr. Mukelani Dimba, the students have discussed several topics, including anti-corruption policies, environmental issues and digital goods.
The debate resulted in the presentation of important clauses for the drafting of the “youth declaration of intent” on public governance, which has been welcomed by Mr. Dimba, in the presence of Member of the Executive Council for Finance of the province, Ms. Belinda Scott, and the Chief Director in charge of Public Participation and Social Dialogue from the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), Mr. Thokozani Thusi.
On 20 September 2016, South Africa handed over the chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to France. (Read more about it here).
The OGP provides an international platform for local stakeholders to implement ambitious open government reforms.