Institution-building and good policy top the agenda at Conduit, London discussion


On May 12th, Ivor Chipkin, Executive Director of the New South Institute, participated in a thought-provoking panel discussion at The Conduit in London, a collaborative community dedicated to fostering a just, prosperous, and sustainable future. Chipkin was joined by Alan Hirsch, with the conversation expertly moderated by Kate Kuper from Bateleur Partners.

The key focus of the discourse revolved around the often-underestimated role of institution-building and its importance, supported by sound policy analysis, in protecting and building democracy in South Africa and the broader global south. The topics spanned from the current state of affairs in South Africa to state capture, migration, and foreign policy.

The timing of the discussion coincided with the emergence of news regarding alleged South African arms sales to Russia and the coincident weakening of the Rand. This timely event attracted a diverse audience and ignited a lively debate, reaffirming The Conduit’s role as a vibrant hub for social development and impact.

The London engagement was part of Chipkin’s broader European tour in May. As part of his packed itinerary, he also attended the On Think Tanks conference and visited the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA). Each of these activities underscores the New South Institute’s dedication to fostering dialogue, deepening understanding, and contributing to critical debates in a global context.

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