International Appointment for UKZN Local Governance Expert General

Professor Purshottama Reddy (right) pictured with the new President of IASIA, Professor Bianor Scelza Cavalcanti from Brazil. Professor Purshottama Reddy (right) pictured with the new President of IASIA, Professor Bianor Scelza Cavalcanti from Brazil.

School of Management, Information Technology and Governance academic Professor Purshottama Reddy has been appointed Vice-President of Programmes for the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) for 2016 to 2019.

IASIA is an association of organisations and individuals whose activities and interests focus on public administration and management and activities of its members, including education and training of administrators and managers.

Reddy’s appointment was made at the IASIA‘s annual joint conference titled: “Building Capacity For Sustainable Governance”, which was held in Chengdu, China.

He presented a paper on: “The Subnational Dimension in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, and also chaired two sessions of the Working Group on Subnational Governance and Development, of which he is the Project Director.

Reddy also participated in a BRICS Public Administration Roundtable themed: “Improving Governance Capacity To Tackle Common Development Challenges”.

Reddy’s paper pointed out that since the SDGs replaced the MDGs, several international agreements and frameworks had been included in the post 2015 development agenda.  They were the Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction 2015 – 2030; Addis Abba Action Agenda on Financing for Development; Paris Accord on Climate Change; Habitat 111 and the New Urban Agenda and the African Union 2063.

‘There are distinct lessons that can be learn from the MDGs, namely greater ownership especially from developing countries; the process has to be bottom-up in terms of buy in and participation from subnational government and local communities,’ he said.

‘There has to be the required commitment; communication, co-operation and co-ordination between the different government spheres and international organisations to attain the goals. Subnational governments also have to be empowered and capacitated in this regard,’ added Reddy.

Thandiwe Jumo