UKZN’s Professor Betty Mubangizi spoke at the opening plenary session of the 7th International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) held in Rome.
Mubangizi is the National Research Foundation (NRF) – Department of Science and Technology (DST)
Research Chair in Sustainable Local (Rural) Livelihoods in the College of Law and Management Studies within the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance.
The conference in Italy – an annual event organised by the European Centre for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Canadian Institute of Technology – attracts participants from across the globe.
The conference theme: Creating a Unified Foundation for Sustainable Development: Research, Practice and Education, was inspired by the critical challenge of human, environmental, and economic sustainability concerning present and future generations in a global-scale context.
Mubangizi’s presentation focused on Sustainable Development in the context of Public Administration and Rural Livelihoods, highlighting the important role public service delivery processes play in promoting or failing to promote services required for sustainable development. Focusing on rural areas, she further highlighted the fact that responses to rural poverty and exclusion could not be the same as those applied in urban settings since the two were significantly different on many levels.
Mubangizi – attending the conference for the third time – said: ‘The philosophical framework of the conference involving a concern for human, environmental and economic sustainability, resonated with my research ideals of working in rural areas. It also offered a good space to share research outcomes of my Chair.’
Words: Lungile Ngubelanga