Building Regional and International Consensus: Burundi, Lesotho, Madagascar and Zimbabwe

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On 06 August 2015 SALO hosted a consensus building dialogue on Burundi, Lesotho, Swaziland and Madagascar. This dialogue focused on these countries within the context of recent multi-lateral interventions in the respective countries.

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Chair and Welcome Remarks: Ms Molly Dhlamini, Stakeholder Relations Manager, SALO

1st Panel: 09h40 – 10:30 · Ambassador Welile Nhlapo,  Former National Security Advisor to SA President and Special Representative to the Great Lakes  · Ms Litlhare Rabele,  Gender, Peace and Security coordinator, SALO · Ambassador Roeland van de Geer,  Head of Delegation, Pretoria: European Union · Dr Martin Rupiya, Associate Professor,  Institute for African Renaissance Studies (IARS) UNISA

1st Panel (From left to right):
– Dr Martin Rupiya, Associate Professor,Institute for African Renaissance Studies (IARS) UNISA
– Ms Litlhare Rabele, Gender, Peace and Security coordinator, SALO
– Ambassador Welile Nhlapo, Former National Security Advisor to SA President and Special Representative to the Great Lakes
– Ambassador Roeland van de Geer, Head of Delegation, Pretoria: European Union

The unravelling political situation in Lesotho has raised questions about the efficacy of multilateral interventions to resolve domestic conflicts. Zimbabwe and Madagascar, like Lesotho, have come out of SADC-brokered mediation and certain cross-cutting challenges and limitations have been observed thus raising fears about the sustainability of the political settlements upon which current political dispensations in those countries are based. None of the three countries have been able to fully implement SADC-recommended democratic, political and institutional reforms deemed necessary to ensure stability. That hardly four months after holding a SADC-supervised election meant to resolve a late 2014 political crisis, Lesotho is in a crisis after the assassination of former army commander Maaparankoe Mahao, means that dialogue to examine and strengthen multilateral interventions is even more pertinent. The situation in Burundi, where the country has disregarded AU proposals to resolve its domestic political crisis, provokes similar questions. The AU’s leverage on Burundi seems limited and the country may plunge into armed conflict with the continental body watching helplessly. The implications of this for the AU’s role and credibility in mediating and preventing conflicts are potentially far reaching.

Zimbabwe - Ms Lindi Mminele,  Director: Southern Africa, Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO)

Zimbabwe – Ms Lindi Mminele,
Director: Southern Africa, Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO)

Burundi - Mr Kevin Brennan,  Director: East Africa, DIRCO

Burundi – Mr Kevin Brennan,
Director: East Africa, DIRCO

Madagascar - Mr Andre van Straten,  Deputy Director: Indian Ocean Islands, East Africa, Africa Bilateral, DIRCO

Madagascar – Mr Andre van Straten,
Deputy Director: Indian Ocean Islands, East Africa, Africa Bilateral, DIRCO

Lesotho- Ms Liezel Castleman,  Director: Southern Africa, DIRCO

Lesotho- Ms Liezel Castleman,
Director: Southern Africa, DIRCO

 

SALO would like to thank the European Union (EU) through the SA-EU Dialogue Facility for their direct support of this event

and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES); the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Pretoria; Irish Aid and the Embassy of Ireland, Pretoria.

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Madagascar death penalty abolished

 

On the 10th of December, World Human Rights Day, the National Assembly of Madagascar adopted a bill that abolishes the death penalty for all crimes. Madagascar is now officially the 18th AU member state to have abolished the death penalty. This decision comes two months after a successful October 10th workshop in the capital organised by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, with the support of ACAT Madagascar, FIACAT and the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, which brought together a wide array of activists, Malagasy government officials and representatives of UN agencies to discuss the death penalty in Madagascar.

Picture taken from: http://www.worldcoalition.org/madagascar-national-assembly-abolish-death-penalty.html, World Coalition Against the Death Penalty

Regional Workshop on Extractives Revenue Transparency “Extractive Futures Dialogue Series” – 13 Nov 2014

IMG_20141113_102857The Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) held a regional multi-stakeholder workshop on Extractives Revenue Transparency on the 13 of November 2014. The workshop was part of the “Extractive Futures Dialogue Series” aimed at enhancing the sustainability and development contribution of resource extraction in South Africa and the region by facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogue, knowledge and experience sharing on international best practices in extractives transparency.

Participants drawn from government, industry and civil society in South Africa and the region, shared perspectives and experiences on extractives revenue collection, transparency and accountability. Specifically, the workshop provided an opportunity for participants to:

1.Identify common challenges in extractives governance among the selected countries.
2.Share experiences on extractives revenue transparency including the challenge of illicit financial flows.
3.Continue engagement in extractives transparency with South Africa.

Speakers included high-level officials from mining ministries of Zambia and Madagascar and other industry players and expert from the region and South Africa.

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From left to right above: Mr Edmond Kangamungazi, Economic and Social accountability Specialist, Caritas, Zambia; Mr Makgotha Machaka, Chief Director of Economic Advisory Services at the Department of Mineral Resource; Mr Pooven Moodley, Associate Country Director for Oxfam in South Africa; Mr. Gideon Ndalama, Director of Mines Safety; Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development, Zambia; Tara Polzer Ngwato, Research & Knowledge Management Manager, Royal Bafokeng Administration

 

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From left to right above: McBride Nkhalamba, Head of Programs, Southern Africa Trust (SAT); Mr. Gilbert Makore, Zimbabwe Publish What You Pay Campaign, Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA); Jaqueson Ranasy, Secretary General, Madagascar Strategic Resources Ministry; Mr. Isaac Kwesu, Chief Executive , the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe; Tara Polzer Ngwato, Research & Knowledge Management Manager, Royal Bafokeng Administration

MADAGASCAR – SALO NEWS BRIEF – ARCHIVES

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23 May 2014

World Bank to give Madagascar $400 million  over next three years

The World Bank will give Madagascar $400 million in financial support over the next three years, a senior bank official said, after the Washington-based lender recently restored ties with the Indian Ocean island following a peaceful election late last year. Reuters Continue reading

Madagascar: Lessons learnt in the process of moving from an illegal government to a legitimate government

Wednesday, 23rd April

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The Hon. Marius Fransman, Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, speaking on: “Madagascar: Lessons learnt in the process of moving from an illegal government to a legitimate government”

Left - The Hon. Marius Fransman, Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. Right - Marissa van Rensburg, SALO project officer

Left – The Hon. Marius Fransman, Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. Right – Marissa van Rensburg, SALO project officer

The Honourable deputy minister played a leading role in the negotiation of the Roadmap towards elections in Madagascar, in his capacity as President Jacob Zuma’s Special Envoy during South Africa’s tenure as Chair of the SADC Organ Troika on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

Molly Dhlamini, SALO’s Stakeholder Relations Manager.

Molly Dhlamini, SALO’s Stakeholder Relations Manager.

SALO WORKSHOP – “A Review of Lessons Learnt from the Elections in Southern and Eastern Africa in 2013”

Kenya, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, Madagascar

6 February 2014, Pretoria

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Hon. Obed Bapela, Deputy Minister in the Presidency and Head of ANC International Relations, was the keynote speaker. He gave an overview of the elections that had taken place throughout 2013 within the region and Kenya.

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Dr. Siphamandla Zondi, Director of the Institute for Global Dialogue, gives his perspective on the nature of elections within the African context.

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Clever Chikwanda, SALO researcher, Chairs the second session

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Prof. Kealeboga Maphunye, WIPHOLD-Brigalia Bam Chair of Electoral Democracy in Africa, UNISA gives his analysis of the 2013 elections within SADC and Kenya.

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Prof. Esther Kebuka-Sebitosi, Institute of African Renaissance studies, UNISA, gives a gendered perspective of Electoral processes within the region and throughout the continent.

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Sivu Maqungo, Former Chief Director East Africa, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, CEO LEAF Consultancy, speaks on the necessary criteria for legitimate elections

 

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Prof. Brian Raftopolous, Director of Research, Solidarity Peace Trust, discusses the 2013 Zimbabwe elections

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Wandile Dludlu, National Coordinator, Swaziland United Democratic Front, discusses the 2013 Swaziland elections

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Ambassador George Nene speaks from the floor. He is a former Deputy Director-General, Multilateral, at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation; and former advisor to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

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Mario Masuku, President of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), speaks from the floor .

SALO workshop: Reflections on the First Round of the Malagasy Presidential Elections and the Prospects for Peace and Security – 3 December 2013

 

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Workshop Venue:   The Town House Hotel, Cape Town CBD

Speakers:

  • Enver Daniels Chief State Law Adviser at the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.   Served as head of the Troika legal team on Madagascar. 
  • Tsiresy Bernard Malagasy student at UCT, involved with civil society and community development organisations in Madagascar
  • Zara Randriamanakoto– Malagasy student at UCT

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From left to right – Enver Daniels, Tsiresy Bernard and SALO’s Marissa van Rensburg

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Above – Zara Randriamanakoto

 

 

SALO POLICY DIALOGUE REPORTS MADAGASCAR

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.

PD reports on Madagascar coming soon.