Building capability of the state to engage non-state actors

About the online discussion

Who can help the state deliver effective governance? 

Join us on 19 May, 10:00-11:00 for an online discussion on how society can respond to the gap left by a retreating state.

The notion of South Africa’s ‘disappearing state’ was exemplified in 2021 when Clover closed South Africa’s biggest cheese factory, citing poor service delivery by the Ditsobotla local municipality. 420 jobs were lost, devastating the small town of Lichtenburg. It made visible a state in retreat, in which only 27 of 257 municipalities achieved clean audits. There is an increasing understanding that improving state capability will require increased engagement with non-state societal actors to promote collaboration, restore basic services, hold government accountable and rebuild effective government and governance. The key question is how to do this in practice.

Our discussants are expert practitioners in the question of state-society relationships:
•    Prof. William Gumede, Wits School of Governance, Democracy Works Foundation
•    Dr Renier Koegelenberg, National Religious Association for Social Development (NRASD)
•  Prof. Andrew Boraine, CEO, Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (EDP)

•    Chipo Hamukoma, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator
We look forward to your participation!

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  • Andrew Boraine, EDP

    Andrew Boraine is the CEO of the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (EDP), a strategic intermediary organisation that supports diverse stakeholders to harness each other’s energy, knowledge and resources for collective impact and change. He has been involved in South Africa’s local government, urban and economic development and transition processes for nearly four decades, as activist, advisor, negotiator, government planner, city manager, partnership and partnering specialist, systems change practitioner, institutional designer, communicator and writer.

  • William Gumede, Democracy Works Foundation

    William Gumede is Associate Professor, School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is Executive Chairperson of Democracy Works Foundation and former Deputy Editor of The Sowetan newspaper. During the anti-apartheid struggle, Gumede held several leadership positions in South African student, civics and trade union movements. He was a political violence mediator and area coordinator for the National Peace Committee during the multiparty negotiations for a democratic South Africa and was seconded to South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He is the author of several number 1 bestsellers. His more recent books include: Restless Nation: Making Sense of Troubled Times (Tafelberg); and South Africa in BRICS – Salvation or Ruination (Tafelberg).

  • Dr Renier Koegelenberg, Ecumenical Foundation of South Africa

    Dr Koegelenberg is the founder and Executive Director of the EFSA Institute for Theological and Interdisciplinary Research, Stellenbosch (since 1990) and the founder of the “Cape Development and Dialogue Centre” Trust (CDDC Trust). He has been the Executive Secretary of the National Religious Association for Social Development (NRASD) in South Africa since 1997, and NRASD team leader that facilitated formal Memorandum of Agreement between President Thabo Mbeki’s Administration and Religious Sector in South Africa (Health, Education, Adult Education). Dr Koegelenberg’s additional accolades include being: -Executive Manager of NRASD Global Fund grants to religious sector in South Africa: HIV/AIDS and TB, between 2009-2019; -Founder of the “National Church Leader’s Consultation” (NCLC) in South Africa, 2009-; -A partner in the international Ahimsa roundtable on “Global Health and Faith inspired communities” based in Lyon, France; -A founding member of the international Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD); German Development Ministry, Berlin, 2015; -A member of “Courageous Conversations” initiative of Archbishop Dr Thabo Makgoba to foster formal cooperation between mining sector, trade unions, faith networks. -Recipient of Ecumenical Cross Award, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, London 2018.

  • Nchimunya Chipo Hamukoma, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

    Chipo Hamukoma is a Research Manager at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, responsible for some of Harambee's key learning and knowledge streams, including creating income generating opportunities for youth in the space of micro-enterprise. She an economist & policy strategist passionate about optimizing the conditions for human thriving. Her work focuses on understanding the policy building blocks of Africa's future and helping governments and organizations solve complex problems. During Covid-19 she worked with organizations to forecast the trajectory of the crisis, designing, and dispersing a R5 million food security grant in Gauteng. She's worked widely across the continent most notably in Morocco, South Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana. Previously, she led the research for the Brenthurst Foundation's Future of African Cities Project and was an Assistant Lecturer at the Nelson Mandela School of Governance at the University of Cape Town.

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