International Conference off to a good start in Zululand

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From left to right Prof Jabulani Thwala, Dr Neville Hewage,Prof Christopher Isike,Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller (from Human Sciences Research Council S.A. ), Prof Midgely,Dr Henri Pallard(director,International Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Law ICIRL) from Laurentian University in Canada and Dr Kwame Owusu-Ampomah (executive director of the Centre for Human Excellence and Development in Africa CHEDA)

From left to right Prof Jabulani Thwala, Dr Neville Hewage,Prof Christopher Isike,Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller (from Human Sciences Research Council S.A. ), Prof Midgely,Dr Henri Pallard(director,International Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Law ICIRL) from Laurentian University in Canada and Dr Kwame Owusu-Ampomah (executive director of the Centre for Human Excellence and Development in Africa CHEDA)

About 100 scholars from around the world have descended into Richards Bay for the two-day International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), which is being held on African soil for the first time.

Professor Christopher Isike from the department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Zululand (UNIZULU) said by hosting the conference in the African continent, the organisers wanted to “blend the showcasing of an authentic Africa with the scholastic elements of an academic engagement that results in quality policy outcomes for enabling sustainable development”.

The conference, which has been hosted annually in various continents since 2010, serves as a platform for dialogue and scholarly engagement on global sustainable development.

Professor Rob Midgley, the UNIZULU deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation said he was delighted that the ICSD was being hosted in Richards Bay.

“When an organisation decides to hold a conference in our neck of the woods we get delighted. We believe that when a conference focuses on sustainable development it is important to come close to the environment where such is needed”.
Midgley said sustainable development was part of the research theme at UNIZULU which focuses on ensuring sustainable livelihoods. He stressed the importance of research that has impact on people’s lives, saying this is what UNIZULU strives for.

uMhlathuze Mayor Elphas Mbatha welcomed the guests saying he was also delighted that the conference was being held in Richards Bay. Mbatha, who holds a Master’s degree in governance and political transformation, implored the academics to research ways in which more synergy could be created between the various tiers of government to ensure that the voice of needy communities is heard and influences policy decisions.

“South Africa’s stability depends on communities especially those who need services being satisfied that somebody at a higher level cares (for them),” said the mayor.

The Department of Politics and International Studies at UNIZULU collaborated with the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Law (ICIRL), the Centre for Research in Social Justice and Policy (CRSJP) at Laurentian University and Canada-based Ontario International Development Agency to make the hosting of the conference a success.
The conference continues tomorrow with more academics presenting papers on various aspects of sustainable development.

About 100 scholars from around the world have descended into Richards Bay for the two-day International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), which is being held on African soil for the first time.
Professor Christopher Isike from the department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Zululand (UNIZULU) said by hosting the conference in the African continent, the organisers wanted to “blend the showcasing of an authentic Africa with the scholastic elements of an academic engagement that results in quality policy outcomes for enabling sustainable development”.

The conference, which has been hosted annually in various continents since 2010, serves as a platform for dialogue and scholarly engagement on global sustainable development.

Professor Rob Midgley, the UNIZULU deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation said he was delighted that the ICSD was being hosted in Richards Bay.

“When an organisation decides to hold a conference in our neck of the woods we get delighted. We believe that when a conference focuses on sustainable development it is important to come close to the environment where such is needed”.
Midgley said sustainable development was part of the research theme at UNIZULU which focuses on ensuring sustainable livelihoods. He stressed the importance of research that has impact on people’s lives, saying this is what UNIZULU strives for.

uMhlathuze Mayor Elphas Mbatha welcomed the guests saying he was also delighted that the conference was being held in Richards Bay. Mbatha, who holds a Master’s degree in governance and political transformation, implored the academics to research ways in which more synergy could be created between the various tiers of government to ensure that the voice of needy communities is heard and influences policy decisions.

“South Africa’s stability depends on communities especially those who need services being satisfied that somebody at a higher level cares (for them),” said the mayor.

The Department of Politics and International Studies at UNIZULU collaborated with the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Law (ICIRL), the Centre for Research in Social Justice and Policy (CRSJP) at Laurentian University and Canada-based Ontario International Development Agency to make the hosting of the conference a success.
The conference continues tomorrow with more academics presenting papers on various aspects of sustainable development.