Isandla Institute and the Open Society Foundation for South Africa invite you to a Development Dialogue on


 'The War on Poverty': Changing Tactics or Business as Usual?


 Thursday 17 April 2008, 16h30 - 18h00 

(tea and coffee served beforehand, please be seated at 16h30)    

Centre for the Book, Cape Town


In his 2008 State of the Nation Address, characterised by the phrase ‘Business Unusual’, President Thabo Mbeki emphasised the need to intensify efforts to reduce poverty. He spoke about a ‘War Against Poverty’, highlighting the importance of scaling up existing anti-poverty initiatives and integrating these into a coherent and comprehensive anti-poverty strategy. But given the mixed success of anti-poverty interventions to date, does government have the capacity to scale up these interventions sufficiently and speedily to address the scourge of poverty? Does the proposed ‘War Against Poverty’ target all dimensions and manifestations of poverty, or are there particular blind spots that need to be brought to the fore? What about inequality, for example? And is government able to overcome the institutional challenges of an integrated, cross-sectoral and intergovernmental approach to poverty? 


Malusi Gigaba, MP (Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, t.b.c.), Michael Aliber (PLAAS) and Elroy Paulus (Black Sash) have been invited to share their perspectives on these questions.

The Development Dialogue will be held on Thursday 17 April 2008 from 16h30-18h00, at the Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town. Tea and coffee are made available between 16h00-16h30. Kindly note that the event will start at 16h30. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity for informal interaction over drinks and snacks. 

If you are interested in attending this event, please r.s.v.p. on by Tuesday 15 April. You will receive confirmation of your attendance.