From left: President of IASIA, Professor Michiel de
Vries; UKZN’s Professor Purshottama Reddy and
the Director General of IIAS, Mr Rolet Loretan.

Local government specialist Professor Purshottama Reddy of UKZN’s School of Management, Information Technology and Governance recently attended the 2013 Joint Congress of International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) and the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Public Administration (IASIA) in Manama, Bahrain. 

The Conference attracted more than 475 delegates from about 70 countries including ministers, officials, dignitaries and heads and members of Schools and Institutes of Public Administration.  The event created a platform for the sharing of ideas and knowledge on capacity building and global  development issues. 

In line with the Conference’s theme, Futures of Public Administration: Professionalism and Leadership, Reddy delivered a paper titled: “Local Government Capacity Development in the South African Development Community (SADC) Region for Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)”. 

The paper was presented in the Working Group on Local Governance and Development allocated to research papers prepared for the IASIA/UNDESA Taskforce on Capacity Development for the MDGs. In his paper, Reddy said capacity development was critical to the process of attaining the MDGs.

‘Political will and monitoring of performance is a key component of the local governance process to ensure that the goals are being achieved. Strong economic growth has to translate to job creation in the broader context of poverty alleviation; infrastructure development; enhanced service delivery and social inclusiveness,’ said Reddy. 

Reddy also participated in the late O P Dwivedi Commemorative Panel and also served as the Co – chairperson and Rapporteur of the Working Group on Local Governance and Development at the Conference.  

He is currently the Project Director of the Working Group on Local Governance and Development of IASIA and was re-elected as a Board Member of IASIA representing the African Continent for the period 2013 – 2016.