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5th Annual Development Week Conference
Start Date: Oct 15, 2012
End Date: Oct 16, 2012
Venue: Maboloka Community, Madibeng Local Municipality
Description: Independent Development Trust

The Independent Development Trust (IDT) is a Schedule 2 Public Entity established in 1990 as a development management agency. It offers programme management and development advisory services for the eradication of poverty to government departments and other development partners. Emphasis is on the eradication of chronic intergenerational poverty, especially among the rural poor.

Over the last five years, the IDT Annual Development Week has provided an invaluable platform for stakeholders in the development sector to share knowledge and triangulate alternative perspectives in pursuit of alternative and innovative development solutions with impact. Communities, academics, development experts and activists, civil society, private sector and government practitioners in the development sector share experiences, lessons, innovative and alternative development approaches in support of sustainable community development and poverty eradication.

Call for Expressions of Interest

The IDT invites interested participants and expressions of interest in developing and delivering quality papers, presentations, innovative development models, case studies and community-based development testimonies from interested participants, experts and relevant development stakeholders based on the main theme and sub-themes outlined below.

The submission deadline is 28 September 2012.

Theme: Leveraging on Infrastructure Development and the Knowledge Economy to address Poverty, Inequality and Unemployment in South Africa

  • Promoting holistic development models for youth, women, children and people living with disabilities to improve community wellness, health and social cohesion;
  • Striving for early childhood development and eradication of intergenerational transmission of poverty;
  • Moving beyond Local Economic Development, towards grassroots entrepreneurship to develop job creators;
  • Alternative service delivery models for Education in South Africa to improve skills development and promotion of appropriate mindset for sustainable development;
  • Together promoting sustainable human settlements and green development;
  • Enhancing Innovative and smart partnerships towards promotion of intergenerational transmission of wealth: role of the state, private sector, individuals, NPOs, communities and individuals; and
  • Revitalisation of small towns through sustainable partnerships by exploring alternative economic development models.

Exhibitions: For the duration of the event, the IDT will provide exhibition space for government departments and municipalities, community projects, partners and sponsors.

Participation: Participation is open to all population groups, communities, NGOs, local and international development agencies, private sector, government, development practitioners, activists, academics and experts from the development sphere.

All participants will be responsible for their travelling and accommodation.

Participation at the Development Week is free and details on the programme and other relevant documentation will be available on the IDT website.

Enquiries: Dr N. W. Samasuwo, Senior Manager, Knowledge Management, E-mail: nhamos@idt.org.za, Tel: 012 845 2131, Mobile: 076 612 0663 or Ntsakisi Madzibane, Knowledge Management Practitioner, E-mail: ntsakisim@idt.org.za, Tel: 012 845 2126; Mobile: 083 883 2374.
Website: http://www.idt.org.za
Created By: CPSI
Organizers: Independent Development Trust
Participation Requirements: Open

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