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Academic Receives Prestigious Award for Contribution to Local Governance and Development

2014/07/24 04:16:49 PM

School of Management, Information Technology and Governance academic, Professor Purshottama Reddy, received the prestigious Donald Stone Award from the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) at its 2014 annual conference in Port Elizabeth.

The award, named in honour of one of the IASIA’s founding fathers, Professor Donald Stone, is given to a distinguished international scholar and/or practitioner in recognition of their contribution towards advancing the wellbeing of IASIA.

Reddy’s first involvement was when he presented a paper at the then Working Group on Public Enterprise Management, Education and Training in Sabah, Malayasia in 1991 and he was also part of the IASIA conference that was hosted at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in 1996.

Today, 23 years later, he continues to offer his expertise in Local Government and Development to the entity through contributing his knowledge towards its working groups, conferences training, education, and institution building in dealing with intergovernmental complexities.

The Working Group on Local Governance and Development which Reddy is a part of alongside international experts in this field, has published several books with the manuscript for the fourth book titled: Quo Vadis: Local Governance and Development in South Africa Post 1994 which is currently being finalised.

Said Reddy: ‘The publication of the book is opportune as it also coincides with two decades of local democracy in South Africa. The Working Group on Local Governance and Development, recently renamed Sub national Governance and Development, is viewed as the most successful and productive of the 10 working groups within IASIA.’

IASIA has also partnered with UNDESA on a project for the development of capacity for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the local level. The goal of the Taskforce is to contribute to the improvement of the performance of public administration and leadership at local level in implementing the national and international development agenda including the MDGs.

The project also intends to further improve the fit between the needs of local governments in terms of training, education and institution building in dealing with intergovernmental complexities and the training, education, institution building and consultancy offered by universities, schools, and institutes of administration including MDIs.

Steady progress has been made to date and it is envisaged that all regions of the world will be covered. The first output of the Taskforce, scheduled for completion in 2016 will be a publication reviewing the state of local government internationally.

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