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2009 KDF Conference Graaff-Reinet

Conference proceedings

The major highlight of 2009 was the Greater Karoo Development Conference, held on 26-27 March in Graaff-Reinet. The Conference was co-funded by the NRF, the Open Society Foundation, the Northern Cape Department of Economic Affairs, the Western Cape Department of Economic Affairs, and the Cacadu District Municipality in the Eastern Cape. The Camdeboo Local Municipality in Graaff-Reinet sponsored the venue. The Conference included 25 papers, in five key themes: Regional Development, Tourism, Agriculture, Business Development and Cultural Development. The Conference ended with a discussion session of the Karoo Development Foundation's Working Group, which highlighted new themes for research and development. The Conference was attended by two senior officials of Desert Knowledge Australia, and their costs were funded by AUSAID. The event received a great deal of media coverage, including Radio Sonder Grense, which transmitted their morning news programmes from our Graaff-Reinet venue.

Conference Programme / List of Exhibitors / List of Speakers

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