APORDE continues to broaden perspectives on Africa’s development

APORDE continues to broaden perspectives on Africa’s development

The African Programme on Rethinking Development Economies, which has trained over 150 people from African countries over the last nine years, wrapped up its 2015 seminar at the IDC offices on Friday, 11 September.

APORDE 2015 participantsAcademics, policymakers, NGO workers and trade unionists from all over the continent celebrated their completion of the 2015 seminar of the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economies (APORDE) at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in Johannesburg on Friday, 11 September.

APORDE is a high-level, two-week annual seminar supported by the IDC and the Department of Trade and Industry that brings together academics, policy-makers and civil society representatives to investigate economic development options for the continent.

This year’s seminar, which ran from Monday, 31 August through to Friday, 11 September, marked the ninth edition of the APORDE seminar.

APORDE covers essential topics in development economics, including industrial policy, rural poverty, inequality and financialisation.

Bringing together people from different backgroundsAccording to APORDE project manager Christian Kabongo of the IDC, the seminar provides an opportunity to explore alternatives to mainstream thinking on development issues, in a manner that promotes original thinking.

“This celebration is the essence of APORDE,” Kabongo said at Friday’s event. “We want to bring a certain synergy to issues of economic development. We need a more integrated approach to these issues because different economic issues require different solutions.

“The whole point of bringing together people from different backgrounds is so that they can share their varying experiences from their unique points of view,” Kabongo added.

Since 2007, APORDE has trained over 150 people, most of them from African countries, in the public sector, civil society and academia. Former participants have gone on to built alumni networks that have extended their professional connections and stimulated joint initiatives.