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The Role of Public Policy in Private Sector Development 2013
13 May 2013 - 13:00
From 6-9 May Professors Francis Fukuyama and Roger Leeds returned to Cape Town to run the course ‘The Role of Public Policy in Private Sector Development’ for the second time. The first collaboration between the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP) and the Leadership Academy for Development (LAD), an affiliate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), was in 2011.
The course addressed some of the challenges faced by public sector leaders as they foster economic growth in politically-charged environments and used the case study method to deliver the programme.
Cases included three from Africa as well as one from Indonesia, one from Hyderabad, India and one from America. Two of the African cases were from South Africa looking at the roots of the Eskom crisis and the Johannesburg Development Agency’s work on inner city renewal. The South African cases were developed in partnership with the Public Affairs Research Insitute (PARI) in response to the request of participants on the 2011 course for local cases.
It was attended by high-level delegates from South Africa as well as from 9 other African countries – Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Liberia, Rwanda, Mozambique, South Sudan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Both the calibre of participant and the spread of countries resulted in rich discussions and broadened perspectives, and contributed to forging a network of public sector leaders across Africa.
A lecture on ‘Investing in the developing world’ by Leo Hindery, an influential American businessman with a keen interest in Africa, raised interesting challenges related to private sector engagement. He participated actively in group sessions and facilitated some study group discussions as well.
Participants also had the opportunity to hear from David Bridgman about experiences in Africa and the burgeoning economic growth in many parts of the continent in his talk ‘Sources of Africa’s Economic Resurgence: Where, Why and What’s next’. Bridgman is the World Bank Group's Regional Investment Climate Manager, with extensive experience of the continent over decades.
The course received excellent evaluations from participants and is expected to be repeated again in 2014.