Academic Delivers Keynote Address at NISPIcee Conference

Professor Purshottama Reddy (left) of the UKZN Graduate School of Business and Leadership with Professor Kakha Shengelia, President of Caucasus University in Georgia.

Academic Delivers Keynote Address at NISPIcee Conference

Professor Purshottama Reddy who is attached to the Graduate School of Business and Leadership at UKZN was one of two keynote speakers at the annual conference of the Network of Schools and Institutes of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPIcee) held in Tbilisi, Georgia from recently. He also chaired two sessions focusing on the general conference theme, Public Administration in Post Conflict Reconstruction.

Reddy’s paper was entitled, Public Administration Reconstruction and Development in Post Conflict States: A Critique of Global Trends and Experiences. State fragility and conflict have negatively impacted the lives of more than a billion people living in about 30 or 40 states internationally. Peace cannot be sustained in these states and revolutions, civil wars and disruptions have increased social costs, resulting in gloomy development prospects, which in turn will be major impediments in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The reformation and transformation of post conflict states should thus be an integral part of the international development agenda. It is also imperative that the requisite political and management will be harnessed to ensure that post conflict states are placed on the global pathway to attain the SDGs.

Reddy also questioned the impact of the key components of SDG 16, which focuses on peace and security, given the ongoing, drawn-out wars in Ukraine and Palestine. He added that developing a strategic partnership between post conflict states, the private sector and organs of civil society is critical to post conflict reconstruction and development globally.

Reddy is the co-editor (with Professor Juraj Nemec) of the book, Public Administration in Conflict Affected Countries, which documents the experiences of 16 countries, including South Africa.

Words: NdabaOnline

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