Speech deliveerd by the UNDP Country Director, Mr. Walid Badawi at the Fifth OR Tambo Debate Series Themed; Building a Capable State

Mar 29, 2016

UNDP Country Director, Mr. Walid Badawi making a speech

Programme Director and Moderator of this evening’s Debate on Ch 13 of the NDP on building a capable state, Professor Richard Levin, Principle of the National School of Government.

Hon. Minister of Public Service and Administration Advocate Ngoako Ramathlodi, we welcome and thank you for your presence Sir,

Advocate Richard Sizani, Mrs. Phindile Baleni, Mr. Elias Masilela, we welcome you and we look forward to your informative insights on the topic being discussed and we will surely be enriched by your vast experiences in the public and private sector.

Ms Geraldine Fraser Moleketi, former DPSA Minister, UNDP head of global governance and ow Special Envoy on Gender at the AFDB,

Distinguished representatives from government, representatives from the diplomatic corps, academia, civil society and UN officials present here this evening.

Ladies and gentlemen,

All protocols observed!

On behalf of the 4 key partners in the OR Tambo debate series namely, the DPME, the Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation, the Wits School of Governance and ourselves in UNDP let me welcome you here tonight.

As you may be aware, the OR Tambo Debate Series on the implementation of the NDP was launched in July 2014 and since then the debates have grown to be a resounding success attracting a diverse set of views and opinions that are no doubt shaping the policy discourse on the different issues debated in the series. As these debates and their associated Round tables evolve, the partners aim to find ways to reach a wider audience all around the country through social media and other means available to ensure that we are truly listening to the voices of the people to whom these policy debates are targeted and in line with the vision 2030 and the SDGs which aim to leave no one behind. Furthermore, the debates encourage a spirit of open and hopefully constructive dialogue amongst all social partners, as emulated by the revered leader, the late Mr. Oliver Tambo, and helps to advance the implementation of the NDP in more concrete and practical ways.

This is indeed what we hope to achieve this evening on a topic which is of direct relevance to my own organization’s, UNDP, mandate namely democratic governance.

Our UNDP governance Programme in South Africa aims to support government in strengthening service delivery and democratic governance through interventions that address the medium term strategic priorities and national development outcomes in line with Chapter 13 of the NDP and Outcome 12.  UNDP provides upstream policy advisory services and targeted institutional development interventions to strengthen the capacity to expand and improve equitable delivery of public services, promote community participation, and enhance oversight and accountability mechanisms of relevant executive and legislative bodies including Parliament, the Independent Elections Commission, and range of government departments.

Some key highlights of our governance work include:

supporting a Parliamentary Advisory Panel which is investigating the impact of legislation in addressing or impeding accelerated change and transformation since 1994. In particular, it will look at Poverty, Unemployment and Inequality; Wealth Creation and Redistribution; Land reform, restitution, redistribution and security of tenure; and Nation building and social cohesion.

working with the IEC to consolidate and build on the significant gains made since the democratic transition process in South Africa following the first democratic election in 1994

In support of the implementation of the provincial growth and development plan, we have a partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Public Service Training Academy to roll out capacity development interventions and the development of the integrated human resource development strategy for the province.

Together with our regional centre, the CPSI, and the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, and with participation of the DPME, we are working to assist senior public service officials in the region to initiate innovative foresight trajectories, drawing on the knowledge and support of UNDP country offices and the Centre.

Finally, let me take this opportunity to inform you of an interesting and related global conference that UNDP is organizing on the very relevant topic of our debate namely Political Settlements and Public Sector Performance which will take place from 12-14 April 2016 in Singapore, and for those of you who may be interested you we would be happy to provide more information on this conference.

We look forward to an evening of very informative, insightful, and robust discussions on this very important topic.

Thank you!