A conference held at UKZN recently provided a platform for academics, practitioners and post-graduate students to deliberate on service delivery issues affecting the country and beyond.

A total of 66 papers were presented at the annual conference of the Association of Southern African Schools and Departments of Public Administration and Management (ASSADPAM) from 31 October 2012- 1 November 2012 hosted by the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance.

The theme of the Conference was: Effective Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for Good Governance, and papers reflected a diverse range of interests in the public administration, management and governance.

According to the Conference Convenor, Professor Yogi Penceliah, the aim of the gathering was to promote the theory and practice as well as the knowledge base of public administration, management and governance nationally, regionally and globally.

‘The Organising Team and I were delighted that the Discipline: Public Governance had the opportunity to host the Conference and to provide a platform to discuss, debate, share ideas and network on various issues related to Public Administration, Management and Governance  in South Africa and beyond,  with Monitoring and Evaluation being high on the agenda,’ said Penceliah.

Spokesperson for the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Performance Monitoring, Evaluation, Administration in the Presidency, Mr Harold Maloka, delivered the keynote address on behalf of Minister Collins Chabane.

‘Higher Education Institutions, like UKZN occupy a special place in society.  These institutions are credited as the generators of new knowledge and skills that help sustain the knowledge capital of our society.

‘We should also work together, maybe starting by ensuring that evaluators of public sector initiatives can meet certain minimum professional standards and competencies,’ said Maloka.

UKZN’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research, Professor Nelson Ijumba, said the Conference was a strategic initiative that responded to the University’s goals of pre-imminence in research, excellence in teaching and learning and responsible community outreach. He urged participants to network and discuss (es) areas of public administration with the purpose of collaborative research.

The Conference was preceded by a Research Workshop from 29-30 October 2012 for emerging researchers who are members of ASSADPAM.

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