5.1 Development Policies for Rural and Urban Development in South Africa
The Johannesburg-based National Institute for Economic Policy (NIEP), in conjunction with
the History Workshop and the National Land Committee (NLC), will be hosting a conference on
the theme of вЂњImplementing Development: The Practice and Effectiveness of Development
Policies in South AfricaвЂќ. The aim of this conference is to identify practical approaches
to development policy implementation in South Africa. Interested authors are invited to
submit contributed papers, which may be either of a theoretical or a practical nature.
Abstracts must be submitted before 31st January 2002.
Linking up: For more information contact Dr. Samuel Bonti-Ankomah at
5.2 Adult Education Conference within SADC
The Centre for Adult Education at the School of Education, Training and Development, based
at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, is arranging an International Conference on
Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) in the SADC region. The scheduled date is October
2002. The conference will focus on regional development, co-operation and the implementation
Linking up: Contact the organiser, Wendy Smith, at SmithWA@nu.ac.za
5.3 The concept and practice of civil society in
To mark its 10th anniversary, INTRAC will be holding an international conference at Balliol
College, Oxford from the 13th вЂ“ 15th December 2001. The theme is 'Changing Expectations?
The Concept and Practice of Civil Society in International Development'.
Although the programme is not yet finalised, keynote speakers will include:
- Clare Short (UK Secretary for International Development)
- David Begg - Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions
- Dr Rajesh Tandon - Director of PRIA, an Indian NGO.
INTRAC, an international NGO, works in the broad arena of civil society training. Within
SADC, it operates in Malawi where it strengthens local NGO support organisations to provide
high quality capacity-building services to local NGOs.
Linking up: For more on the conference watch the INTRAC website at
5.4 Zimbabwe conflict prevention workshop
The Southern African Conflict Prevention Network (SACPN) will be hosting a twoday workshop
between the 9th and 13th December in Bulawayo to discuss ways in which the capacity of
Zimbabwean NGOs might be bolstered to prevent further violence in the country. The workshop
follows an earlier SACPN workshop held in July this year. Specific objectives of the
workshop are to:
- Analyse the underlying causes of conflict in Zimbabwe from a national and regional
- Provide an environment for reflection on civil society's role in Zimbabwe's conflict; and
- Provide an insight on conflict prevention and resolution interventions for Zimbwean civil
Linking Up: The regional co-ordinator of SACPN can be contacted at
SACPN maintains a conflict prevention database, which can be accessed at: