As we concentrate national initiatives on Covid-19 recovery, the systemic eradication of poverty must be the greatest priority, or reconstruction will not succeed.
This lies at the heart of the Fifth Annual DSL Colloquium 2020 to be held on 13 November 2020 as we ask: how will poverty shape our future in SA, and what should be we doing more of to ensure that we are in fact able to recover as a nation?
According to the United Nations SA Representative, Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, who gives one of two opening addresses: “Priority setting will become crucial as the government has to mediate among various policy options. What should, however, be non-negotiable is the continued commitment to serve the people of South Africa. We can ill-afford any reversals in programmes and services that promote the well-being and realisation of human rights.”
The second address will be a critical input by Mr. Godfrey Mashamba, Deputy Director-General in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), highlighting the SA government’s response to the use of multidimensional poverty measures for effective integrated planning.
The colloquium will include lively debates between business, social movements, the South African Human Rights Commission and academia on what poverty means in all its dimensions for our society, our potential for growth and recovery, and our democracy as a post- Apartheid political project.
Professor Viviene Taylor, from the National Planning Commission (NPC) will respond on the expectations of the NPC on the meeting of the National Development Plan with respect to poverty in light of the current situation.
Partners for this project include Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute, UNICEF SA, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Southern African Social Policy Research Institute (SASPRI) and Labour Research Service (LRS).