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Portability and Access of Social Security Benefits for Mine Workers in Southern Africa

"Ex-miners still face a lot of challenges when trying to access their benefits. A large number of these problems are brought about by failure to have adequate documentation and lack of knowledge on how to access those benefits. Logistical issues, ...

Seeds of Plenty: How Boosting Smallholder Farming can Ease Hunger and Reduce Poverty at the Household Level in Southern Africa

"This policy brief looks at the factors constraining the productivity of smallholder farmers to achieve food security for poor households and communities, as a contribution to poverty eradication in southern Africa. The brief examines the charac...

Partnerships for Pro-Poor Policy Change in Africa

"The Southern Africa Trust launched the initiative Creating Linkages Between Research, Advocacy and the Media for Pro-Poor Policy Change in Africa (‘Linkages’) in October 2010 to explore whether more effective civil society collaboration (particul...

Portability of Social Security Benefits in Mining Sector: Challenges Experienced by Former Mineworkers in Accessing Social Security Benefits in Selected Southern African Countries

South Africa has always attracted and continues to attract a vast majority of migrants from different countries and throughout the SADC region. Historically, the largest number of labour migrants has been concentrated in the mining industry. A lar...

Crossing the Threshold of Regionalism Can We Meet the Social Cost of Integration in Southern Africa?

Access to long-term social security such as pension and health care benefits are of particular concern to migrant workers. They generally lose any benefits that may have been accrued in a host country if they move back to their country of origin a...

Business and Development: Doing Responsible Business in the Southern African Region Final Report

The objective of the dialogue was to deepen the understanding between business and development and engage the stakeholders including researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the media on responsible business practices. It is evident that in ...

Ending the Age of the Marginal Majority An Exploration of Strategies to Overcome Youth Exclusion, Vulnerability and Violence in Southern Africa

This research is a starting point for understanding youth violence regionally. What became clear in the research process was the complexity of youth violence, particularly when a holistic approach is taken to the issues that underpin its manifesta...

Establishing a Civil Society Support Mechanism with the Pan African Parliament (PAP), the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)

This research presents findings of a study on establishing a civil society interface mechanism with the African Union, in particular those institutions based in Midrand, South Africa: the African Peer Review Mechanism, the New Partnership fo...

Follow the Money: Policies and Practices in Donor Support to Civil Society Formations in Southern Africa

Chapter 1 provides an overview of recent trends and shifts in global aid policies and the role of civil society in development. Chapter 2 provides an overview of recent trends in aid flows and support to civil society in southern Africa. Chapter ...

Regional Integration: Challenges of Regional Integration for Poverty Reduction

The objective of this report was to look at innovative approaches to the challenges pertaining to regional integration for poverty reduction. The discussion concentrated on the regional integration status in the SADC region. It came to the conclus...

How can we make Aid to Civil Society Organisations more Effective in Overcoming Poverty?

"In the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, in particular, aid volume to civil society is increasing substantially but is difficult to quantify due to the limited classification of aid by donors as it relates to the definition o...

Who will Feed the Poor? The Future of Food Security for Southern Africa

"This paper examines “the state of food security in southern Africa”, in terms of the availability of, access to and affordability of food, particularly among the most vulnerable in society. We examine regional food consumption and production in...

Linkages between Research, Advocacy and Media Work for Pro-Poor Policy Development and Accountability in Africa Learning from Practice

The colloquium focused on learning from practical experience in trying to build linkages between research, advocacy and media groups for more effective pro-poor policy work by each group, the challenges and successes in linking the work of the thr...

Philanthropy and Development in Southern Africa: Philanthropy and Resource Governance

"Philanthropic practice in the resource extraction sector is significantly under researched and forms the basis for this study. An obvious concern for social justice scholars and development scholars alike is that massive profits accumulated from ...

Philanthropy and Development in Southern Africa: Philanthropy and Illicit Financial Flows: Options for African Philanthropy to support Better Economic Governance and to Reduce Illicit Financial Flows

"This paper will consider the interrelationship between illicit financial flows (IFFs) and philanthropy in the South African and African economies. The objective of this paper is to explore ways in which African philanthropy can support efforts to...

Philanthropy and Development in Southern Africa: Tax (In)Justice and Philanthropy

"Sharife argues that not much has changed since the days of the Rosetta Stone, when it relates to ‘governance’ of what the paper terms the ‘needs economy’. This ‘needs economy’ is a product of hyper-competitive economic systems that frame social ...

Africa's Democracy: "Is the Environment Enabling or Disenabling"

The State of the Union Report addresses what lies above and below Africa’s current development trajectory. Too often we only ask what must be done and how it should be done but we seldom ask why our development efforts sometimes works in a sustain...

Aid Effectiveness: Trends and Impacts of Shifting Financial Flows to Civil Society Organisations in Southern Africa

Significant changes are taking place in the global aid architecture. A number of efforts are also being made to mobilise additional development finance and to make aid more effective in reducing poverty.The report notes that civil society has a cr...

Building Bridges out of Poverty How can Infrastructure Development Strengthen Regional Integration to Overcome Poverty in Southern Africa?

"This policy brief looks at the potential of southern Africa’s regional infrastructure interventions to achieve the overall objective to provide support to regional integration and contribute to poverty eradication. It also identifies knowledge an...

Can Smallholder Farmers Address Hunger in the Region? Public Dialogue Report

"Agriculture provides an indispensable part of the livelihoods of the poorest households in southern Africa. The sector is a primary source of income for the rural population and contributes to foreign exchange earnings for southern African econom...

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