The African programme on rethinking development economics

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Quick guide to APORDE

WHATAPORDE is the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economies. It is a two-week high-level annual seminar that brings together academics, policy-makers and civil society representatives to investigate economic development options.

WHEN: The APORDE 2016 Seminar takes place from 5 - 16  September.

WHERE: The seminar takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa.

WHO: APORDE targets academics, policymakers, NGO workers, and trade unionists.

WHY: APORDE provides an opportunity to explore alternatives to mainstream thinking on development issues, in a manner that promotes original thinking.

2017 APORDE Seminar

2017 APORDE Seminar

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The African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) is a two-week, high-level training programme in development economics, public policymaking, and development strategies aimed at building capacity in the South, particularly in Africa.

The Rationale

APORDE was founded on the need to broaden perspectives on development thinking and policymaking.



APORDE 2016 will feature leading international and African economists to lead discussions and share their views on economic development and industrialisation issues.

Our partners

Our partners

APORDE 2016 is supported by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Industrial Development Corporation; both crucially involved in economic development, with an emphasis on job creation and capacity building.

Contact us

For more information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., project manager APORDE.

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