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The 5th Africa Think Tank Summit: Tackling Africa's Youth Unemployment Challenge: Innovative Solutions from Think Tanks

The 5th Africa Think Tank Summit opened in Accra, Ghana, on 5 April with a call on African leaders to provide “a visionary and transformative leadership” if African countries want to successfully tackle the youth unemployment issues on the continen…

Western Cape After School Game Changer: A Violence Prevention Intervention?

Government and civil society in South Africa urgently need to find innovative ways to prevent violence. The Western Cape Government’s After School Game Changer (ASGC) aims to disrupt the pathways for risky and violent behaviours among young people. …

An Institutional Account of Public Service Reforms: A Case Study of Civic Engagement in Water and Sanitation in Tanzania#

This brief snapshot key findings from an explanatory qualitative case study that examined the role of civic engagement (CE) in the evolving systems for providing water and sanitation (WATSAN) services in Tanzania. This issue is timely because after …

Spotlighting Governance Challenges: Lessons from Namibia

In January 2017 Namibia became the 37th state to join the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the continent’s self-assessment tool promoting good governance. In 2018 Namibian civil society organisations (CSOs) met to develop an evidence-based writ…

The Role of Civil Society Organizations in SDGs Localization in Somalia

In 2015, the United Nations Member States adopted the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, commonly known as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Goals have been borne out of half a century of global initiatives to address wars, pove…

The UN Security Council Visits South Sudan: A Symbolic Act of Peace

Members of the United Nations Security Council, under the co-chairmanship of South Africa and the United States, visited South Sudan last week on the 20thof October 2019. The visit came as the deadline for the formation of the Revitalized Transition…

Migration, Peace and Security: What Role for CSOs? Outcomes Report

On 9-10 October 2019, the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), and the Gorée Institute jointly organized a two-day multi-stakeholder dialogue on the theme…

Hot in Law, Luke-warm in Reality: Towards an Enabling Environment for Civil Society Organisations in Kenya

This study was conducted at a crucial moment in the domestic politics of Kenya being just months away from the 2017 General Elections. A significant proportion of the outcomes of the study were thus arguably influenced in profound ways by political …

National Consultation on the CSO Enabling Environment: National Assessment Report : Summary of Proceedings

The enabling environment for civil society is informed not just by laws and regulations but by the entire framework of the economy, the people, their political ideology, their cultures, their religious beliefs, and their societal set ups. A sustaina…

Assessment of Structural, Legal, Policy and Institutional Framework for Implementation of Post Busan Agenda in Swaziland

The Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation recognizes civil society’s importance in policy formulation, development programming and implementation (including service delivery) as well as promoting and protecting human rights. At Bus…

Batswana see Civil Liberties as Largely Intact, Split on Possible Trade-offs for Security

As Davis and Silver (2004) pointed out in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States, civil liberties ordinarily taken for granted in a democracy may be called into question when extraordinary events place them in conflict…

COVID-19 Response Tracker

The Southern Africa Trust collated responses to the COVID-19 pandemic by civil society organisations from SADC region and beyond. This publication also highlights the actions taken by organisations in response to COVID-19.

How Civil Society can Contribute to Effective Prosecutions

The relationship between the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and civil society has been strained due to the NPA’s poor leadership, inadequate performance and perceived lack of independence. The appointment of a new National Director of Public…

Freedom under Siege: The Shrinking Civic Space and Violations of Freedom of Association and Assembly in Sub-Saharan Africa: Strategies for Countering Restrictions

Sub-Saharan Africa has recorded an increasing number of national governments cracking down on civil society organisations addressing human rights and social justice issues over the past two decades. Human rights activists, journalists, social moveme…

Collapse, Conflict or Social Cohesion? Learning from Livestock Dipping Associations in Kwazulu-Natal

This working paper is about the revival of communal cattle dipping in post-apartheid KwaZulu-Natal, which has improved animal healthcare and strengthened the livelihoods of the black rural households that keep cattle in the province. Given that the …

Civil Society Participation in Peacemaking and Mediation Support in the APSA: Insights on the AU, ECOWAS and SADC

Recognising the need to institutionalise mediation capacity and to foster the participation of non-state actors in conflict prevention and peacemaking, the African Union (AU) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs), which form the building blocks o…

The Performance of the COVID-19 District Task Forces in Uganda: Understanding the Dynamics and Functionality - Report

As the world is faced with the unprecedented challenges from COVID-19, the strain on many governments is extreme, and the impact on people all over the world continues to grow. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the social and economic stru…

Civil Society Leading Transitional Justice in Southern Africa: Lessons from Zimbabwe

Using Zimbabwe as a case study, this policy brief presents a practice model of how civil society can play an effective and proactive leadership role in pushing for the implementation of transitional justice. The briefing outlines the civil society-l…

The Protected Public Interest Disclosure Bill, 2001

"The purpose of this Bill is to provide for the manner in which individuals may in the public interest disclose information that relates to unlawful, corrupt or other illegal conduct or practices of others in the society and to ensure that the perso…

The Role of Inclusive Multi-stakeholder Partnerships in Enhancing Conflict Transformation in the Great Lakes

'Cyclical conflicts which continue to plague the Great Lakes region of Africa necessitate a reflection on the effectiveness of peacebuilding interventions. While many reasons account for this, without knowledge of triggers of relapse into conflict,…

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