Between 9 – 19 January 2015, twelve students from Williams College in Williamstown, United States, are being hosted by EPRI in Cape Town as part of their curriculum.
This travel course will examine the impact of twenty years of democracy on the social and economic lives of South Africans.
This course will also explore the impact of government policies and programmes tackling poverty and unemployment and investigate how such a skewed distribution of resources has persisted, and what government policies have succeeded in redressing. Meetings -with policy-makers, community activists, teachers, labor leaders, economic researchers, social workers, public health advocates and bankers – will provide insight into the historical and structural causes of the extreme inequality that still characterizes South Africa’s society, and the government interventions that have succeeded in redressing past imbalances and inequities while promoting pro-poor economic growth and inclusive development.
The itinerary will focus on Cape Town and rural areas within the Western Cape province. First-hand experience combined with educational presentations and discussions will illuminate the challenges and opportunities policy-makers have faced and document the progress achieved during South Africa’s first twenty years tackling the persistent legacy of apartheid.
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