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As the organizing team for the event, it is envisaged that this conference would lay the foundation as to the practice of developing research pertaining to issues that are relevant to the development of the country, specifically the KwaZulu-Natal province and Zululand region. Business, government, and academics will conduct a scholarly analysis of the theme mentioned above, in formulating goals as well as taking note of successes previously attained. Research is the focus of this meeting, and it is our goal to inspire all academics and delegates from business and government to use research to achieve developmental goals. International contributions are welcome and will enhance the quality of this event by giving a more global view of challenges in development and successes attained.