This is the second year of the program co-hosted with the In Transformation Initiative (ITI), an HSF partner in South Africa who conceptualised it with diverse experts and other stakeholders and arranges its implementation. The project is now also supported by the „Impact Catalyst“ who works with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Corporates and other institutions. Daniel Ngwepe from the Public Private Growth Initiative facilitated by ITI gave an overview of the project, and outlined some outcomes of last year's course as well.
The first session, facilitated by Prof Nick Binedell, Founding Dean of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, was used to analyse the national context of „South Africa in the world“, serious challenges, risks and opportunities. The informative, reflective presentation was followed by an overview of Municipalities‘ work and citizens‘ participation opportunities provided by Charles Makola, a renowned former Municipal Manager.
Participants from the different sectors work together in mixed small groups in many of the sessions, also to build relationships and discuss how to communicate more and better in the future. Stakeholder identification and cooperation, crucial conversation skills and project management are topics of the course which aims to support individual learning and organisational development. Action learning projects will be part of the program, facilitating practical collaborations.