Policy Brief 6 - 24 Nov 2015-1

Based on a workshop held on 24th November 2015, Pretoria


On the 24th of November 2015, SALO facilitated a dialogue in Pretoria on Persons with Disabilities in Africa with a Special Focus on Migrants. The main speakers included Ms. Anneline Sigamone – Deputy Director, Redeeming Hope for the Disabled; Mr. Brian Muziringa- Chairperson, Migrants Disabled Rights Networking Movement; and Reverend Gift Moerane, of the South African Council of Churches (SACC). The dialogue was enhanced by the participation of a representative and involved grouping of participants including differently-abled[1] members of civil society, migrants affected by disabilities, policy makers as well as academics and members of the public. Notably, Mr. Reggie Ditsele- Directorate: Gender and Transformation, Department of Home Affairs, actively participated in the discussion around differently-abled migrants and the challenges they face; as well as the issue of South Africa’s migration policy and processes.

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Policy Brief 5 of 2015 – Access to Justice for LGBTI Migrants in Africa 19th November 2015, Cape Town

CUMOB3CWcAAD2yt.jpg largeOn 19th of November 2015, SALO facilitated a dialogue in Cape Town on: access to justice for LGBTI migrants in Africa. The main speakers included, Hon John Jeffery, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development; Isabella Matambanadzo, SALO board member and Zimbabwean gender activist; and Tatenda Ngwaru, from the LGBTI Refugee Unit of the refugee rights NGO, People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP). The dialogue was enhanced by the participation of a broad and representative grouping of participants including members of civil society, LGBTI migrants, policy makers as well as academics and members of the public. Notably, Mr Zane Dangor, Special Advisor to the Minister of Social Development, managed to actively take part in the discussion around LGBTI migrants and their respective concerns.

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An assessment of South Africa’s mediatory role In Zimbabwe (2007-2013),
as well as the current state of South Africa – Zimbabwe relations and possible future developments.

31st August 2015, at the University of Cape Town (UCT)

This policy brief is based on a workshop held on August 31st 2015, which was designed to serve as a premise for SALO’s South Africa – Zimbabwe Volume II publication. Volume I focused on the layered political, historical and economic relationship between the two countries, with an emphasis on the political and economic crisis that engulfed Zimbabwe in 2000, and South Africa’s response, engagement and support up to late 2006. Volume two will cover Zimbabwe’s Government of National Unity (GNU) Phase, and the 2013 elections, as well as contemporary concerns pertaining to South Africa – Zimbabwe relations. The UCT Zimbabwe Society assisted SALO with the hosting and organisation of the event, and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) contributed immensely to the workshop.

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Policy Brief 3 of 2015 – SA-EU Dialogue on Peace and Security: Building Regional and International Consensus Burundi, Lesotho, Madagascar and Zimbabwe

This policy brief is based on a workshop held on the 6th of August 2015 under the SA-EU Dialogue Facility which focused on the political situations in Burundi, Lesotho, Madagscar and Zimbabwe and the role of multilateral interventions, particularly by SADC and the AU. These countries have been a focus of the SA-EU peace and security cooperation. The workshop also touched on important concerns that underpin SA-EU cooperation on peace and security issues, which include cross-cutting issues such as: human rights, accountable governance and Africa Union (AU) – European Union partnership.

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Dialogue Online No. 14/2015: Special Feature: 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children “My friend trafficked me so that she can pay her university fees” by Ms Abigail Javier, Multimedia Journalist, Live Mag SA

On street(1)The publication of this featured story on Dialogue Online is inspired by the Campaign 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children commencing the 25th of November 2015. It falls under SALO’s Agenda 2030 Development Dialogue Series on Goal 16: Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies and access to justice for sustainable development and our work on gender and migration between and within countries. SALO promotes the voices of women, youth, people with disabilities and migrants to engage with policy making at national and global level. The intersectionality of issues within marginalized groupings that lead to acute vulnerabilities are often overlooked in the mainstream developmental discourses. In 2015 Syria’s crisis forced global onlookers to relook at migration in the world and forge a conversation on the nexus between migration, peace and development. On the African continent, it highlighted the much ignored aspect of intra-African migration, in addition to the phenomenon of internal migration. Stories on the forms of intra-African migration like those of Grizelda Grootboom need to be shared to form a basis to address the plight of women and children on the African continent. Grizelda’s story first made it into popular media in 2014.

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Dialogue Online No. 13/2015: “China-Africa FOCAC Summit: how China can help African countries advance peace in the 2030 Agenda” By Richard Smith (Southern African Liaison Office (SALO), Showers Mawowa (SALO and University of Pretoria), Anna Moller-Loswick (Saferworld) and Thomas Wheeler (Saferworld)

The sixth meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation provides an opportunity to deepen partnership, address collective challenges, and enable African countries to make significant progress towards the peace-related targets in the 2030 Agenda.

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