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MBDA hosts second Think Tank Colloquium

May 25, 2018
MBDA hosts second Think Tank Colloquium

The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) on Thursday kicked off the second Think Tank Colloquium to discuss and formulate alternative approaches to sustainable socio economic development in challenged communities such as Helenvale.

MBDA CEO Ashraf Adam says “The first Think Tank Colloquium held in February took on a process of scenario building informed by conversations and dialogues constituted primarily by academia, specialists and development practitioners.

"The meeting gave significant focus on the most challenging issues facing the community - long-term interventions in combination with short-term quick responses and actions”.

He added that the second Think Tank Colloquium is constituted largely by community leaders to build on the work done in February is to formulate solutions for the future of Helenvale.

"The scenarios and strategies to be formulated - must make sense, foster internal consistency, be robust and informed by evidence-based research, experiences, intuitive logic as well as supported by expert opinions.

"The risks associated with the identified scenarios and strategies will be determined and appropriate mitigation measures will be formulated. The final outcomes and recommendations of the two day meeting will inform the plans and programmes of the MBDA into the new financial year starting in July 2018,” concludes Adam.