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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Strategies to Overcome Poverty and Inequality: Towards Carnegie III

The University of Cape Town, with the support of the National Planning Commission, is coordinating a national conference entitled ‘Strategies to Overcome Poverty and Inequality: Towards Carnegie III’, taking place from 3-7 September 2012.

The purpose of the conference is to stimulate deeper thinking about ways of overcoming the underlying structural causes of poverty and inequality, and the lessons that practical initiatives have to offer.

This is a challenge that involves South Africans, organised in many different ways. The conference will bring together universities, NGOs, government and other stakeholders to describe and discuss research , policy and interventions in a wide variety of interrelated themes:

  • Legal frameworks, substantive equality and access to justice;
  • Macroeconomic policy;
  • Unemployment and labour issues;
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • Social protection and welfare;
  • The family and structural reproduction of equal childhoods;
  • Meaningful access to education: from early childhood development to tertiary;
  • Public space, safety and violence;
  • Inclusionary cities;
  • Land and new models of agriculture;
  • Environment and resources – from extractive to sustainable approaches;
  • Health, health financing and intersecting burdens of disease and poverty;
  • Internal and regional migration flows.


 Speakers include:

  • Trevor Manuel (Minister in the Presidency, National Planning Commission) – Vision 2030 and the NPC process
  • Mamphela Ramphele - Introduction: From Carnegie II to Carnegie III
  • Kate O’Reagan - The Constitutional Context: Then and Now
  • Jonathan Jansen - Reflections From a University Perspective
  • Vusi Madonsela - Perspectives from the Department of Social Development
  • Di McIntyre – What do we know about poverty, inequality and health in South Africa? (expert on the NHI)
  • Paul Hoffman - The Effect of Corruption on Poverty
  • Nasief van der Schyff - Using Sport to Address Poverty
  • Judge Dennis Davis – Labour Regulation Panel
  • Mary Metcalfe to convene a session on A National Education Partnership
  • Media panel - chaired by John Perlman; panelists: Nic Dawes (Editor: Mail&Guardian), Mondli Makhanya (Chair: South African National Editors Forum), Mpumi Mkhabela (Editor: The Sowetan), Alide Dasnois (Executive Editor: Cape Times) and Ferial Haffajee (Editor: City Press)


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This conference had many valuable inputs from diverse stakeholders. Poverty and inequality has also been the underlying theme of both many discussions and publications. Examples include the South African Child Gauge,  aspects of the National Development Plan and many others. The question arises as to what kind of an impact all of this discussion will have on children in South Africa? How are the issues described on these forums to be taken forward by government, civil society, the research community and other roleplayers? Now that the issues have been exposed, it is of integral importance that we ensure actual uptake and action that catalyses systemic change.