Welcome to the South African Development Studies Association (SADSA). On 30 September 2011 a founding conference was held at Unisa during which a unanimous decision was taken to establish the Association. The conference was attended by 60 academics from about 11 South African universities. In his opening speech at the conference, the VC and Principal, Prof Mandla Makhanya, emphasised the importance of forming a subject association to promote the interests of the discipline of Development Studies and to act as a clearing house in negotiations with the government and other bodies.
About 60 delegates attended the conference and 30 papers were delivered, many by young academics. On Friday 30 September 2011 the conference decided unanimously to establish the South African Development Studies Association (SADSA). An interim management committee was elected, representing eight South African universities, with Prof Frik de Beer of Unisa as President.
On 5-6 September 2013 the bi-annual conference was held by SADSA and a new council elected at the AGM (see “news and events” for more information). At the conference, hosted by the University of Johannesburg, Prof Geof Wood, current President of the Development Studies Association of the UK presented the keynote address. The conference was well-attended and about 50 papers delivered.
This website is an opportunity for all to contribute to the debate on how best to build our Association.