SALO Cultural Dialogue: Engaging members of a culturally divided community in positive cultural dialogue through the medium of the arts – 19 November 2013

Cultural Dialogue 19-11-13

An impoverished, and diverse community both culturally and ethnically, that remains largely divided after the xenophobic violence in 2009 which led to the displacement of 3000 Zimbabweans worked together today in conceptualizing and creating a shared cultural product in the form of large paintings.

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Communication is often facilitated by using cultural forms of expression rather than didactic, factual formats of discussion. This activity brought together 20 People of mixed nationalities- South African, Zimbabwean, Sotho (from Lesotho)- living in the rural and impoverished township community of De Doorns in the Western Cape.

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A workshop on: The role of the Kimberley Process in addressing conflicts in Africa: special focus on DRC and CAR – 12 November 2013

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From the 19th to the 22nd of November 2013, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS or KP), a tripartite global governance initiative bringing together governments, the diamond industry and civil society to curb the trade of conflict diamonds will be holding its 10th plenary meeting in Johannesburg. As a build up to this plenary, SALO is conducting a series of workshops aimed at building international consensus on how to best enhance the effectiveness of the KP.

The aim of the workshop held on the 12th of November was to discuss KP’s role in dealing with conflicts in Africa within the context of resurgent armed conflicts in the Central African Republic (CAR), DRC and Cote D’ivoire. Participants who included diplomats, civil society and industry shared their views on the multi-dimensional nature of these conflict, in particular the role of mineral resources and how the KP can complement other conflict prevention and peace building efforts in these countries.

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(From Left to Right: Ambassador Roeland van de Geer – EU Delegation, Pretoria former EU Special Representative to the Great Lakes Region; Mr BL M’Poko – Ambassor of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Head of the Diplomatic Corps; Ambassador Welile Nhlapo – Kimberley Process Chair

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Dr Showers Mawowa – SALO

Dr Claude Kabemba

Dr Claude Kabemba – Director, Southern Africa Resource Watch

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Aziz Pahad – Former SA deputy foreign minister

Click on the link to view the full Policy Dialogue Report: Policy Dialogue Report No. 21- The Role of the Kimberley Process in Addressing Conflicts in Africa

SALO Policy Dialogue Reports on the Central African Republic

SALO’s Building International, Regional and National Consensus policy dialogue sessions bring together national, regional and international stakeholders, including civil society, policymakers and diplomats, to encourage greater North/ South policy dialogue and to discuss ways they can engage moving forward on issues of importance in Southern Africa in particular. You can read more about SALO’s policy dialogue sessions here.

Please click on the links below to download:

Policy Dialogue Report No. 21- The Role of the Kimberley Process in Addressing Conflicts in Africa: Special Focus on DRC and CAR  (12 November 2013)