Africa University and OSISA host annual Public Policy Training


13 July 2017
The annual Public Policy Training workshop of Africa University (AU) and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) is currently underway at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa. The training which is facilitated by AU, targets Southern Africa Development (SADC) regional stakeholders from which OSISA implements its programmes. It is funded by OSISA.

Through the workshop, AU targets to address the policy manpower needs of the SADC region through the impartation of relevant knowledge and skills to emerging policy leaders. The course emphasizes evidence-driven policy interventions to grow the governance skills and expertise of duty bearers and rights holders. The course draws its participants from civil servants, state institutions, non-state actors and advocacy groups.

The Public Policy Training presents a platform for AU to stimulate the creation of Pan-African societies which are democratic and responsive to the development challenges of the continent. The training stems from a need to capacitate policy actors to assist in achieving improved human well-being across the SADC region and Africa in general.

As a technical partner to the programme, AU continues to show its consistency with the development of motivated policy makers who can design relevant and context specific policies rooted in principles of good governance and transparent in a practice-oriented environment. Furthermore, the University’s College of Business, Peace, Leadership and Governance will provide scholarships in Public Policy and Governance to five students from the SADC region.

AU has been hosting the workshop since 2009. In this year’s workshop, nine countries in the SADC region are represented; these are Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, constituting a diverse-rich demography.


By AU correspondent