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Seminar: Working toward SDG 16.1: Freedom from Violence in (South) Africa, 5 September 2019

South Africa is in the process of completing its first National Report within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in addition to presenting its Voluntary National Review at the UN High Level Political Forum in New York in July. The University of Pretoria has over the past six months been working with Stats SA to contribute to South Africa’s reports. In this symposium, scholars who have been involved in the process from the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the Freedom from Violence programme based in the Law Faculty, will provide insights related to the first target of the Goal – aimed at significantly reducing all forms of violence.  The presentations will range from the interconnections with South Africa’s National Development Plan, its recent White Paper on Safety and Security, to broader interventions extending across the continent, exploring the possibilities for broader armed violence reduction in post-conflict societies, and some of the challenges posed by a particular form of peace-building initiative Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) initiatives.
Thursday 5 September 2019
10:00 – 13:00
Room 2-21, Law Faculty, University of Pretoria

Call for papers: SDG 16 Symposium: Safe communities, just societies and effective governance, 5 September 2019

Thursday 5 September 2019

University of Pretoria

South Africa is in the process of completing its first National Report within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in addition to presenting its Voluntary National Review at the UN High Level Political Forum in New York in July. The University of Pretoria has over the past six months been working with Stats SA to contribute to South Africa’s reports.

This symposium—organised by the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the Freedom from Violence programme—will specifically focus on engagement with SDG16, and is an opportunity for us to share something about the process and findings of the report. We further want to use this opportunity to invite others working on SDG16 related themes to share their work and engage in a dialogue together about reaching the goal of creating safe communities, just societies and effective governance in South Africa.

SDG 16 is particularly pertinent in South Africa at this time, as the State Capture commission continues to unfold, crime and safety continue to pose a challenge and inequalities continue to riddle our society. During this symposium, we’d like to engage with some of the following questions:

  • what are the problems with the implementation of the White Paper on Safety and Security?
  • what are the obstacles to access to justice in South Africa?
  • how can we understand and/or measure corruption in South Africa’s formal governance structures?

If you are interested in presenting at this symposium, please send me your abstract and bio by 15 August 2019 at cori.wielenga@up.ac.za. Depending on the responses we receive, we will consider putting together a special issue of a journal or book volume on SDG 16 in South Africa.

First day of Legacy of Armed Conflicts Workshop: Photos

On 28 July 2016, the Legacy of Armed Conflicts: Sub-Saharan and Comparative Perspectives workshop commenced with the keynote address by Professor Timothy Sisk on trends, causes and consequences of conflict in the 21st Century. Professor Sisk commented on the role of local conflict in the international sphere and the need for increased focus on social cohesion.

After lunch, the participants split into two panels to further discuss the approaches, the trends and current studies in conflicts on the African continent.

See photo’s of the days event below.

DICKSON AJISAFE

Associate Fellow

Bio

As a researcher, Dickson Ajisafe is passionate about sustainable peace, international security, transnational terrorism, radicalisation, violent extremism and human development in Africa, Europe, Middle-East and other hemispheres. He is a PhD candidate, specialising in International Relations at the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria. He possesses a Master degree in African and European Cultural Relations at the University of Pretoria, a year Master studies in Politics and Public Administration at Konstanz University, Germany and a Master degree in International Relations from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria.
Dickson has participated in international seminars, workshops, professional training and academic discussions in Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium, France, and Hungary. He is a recipient of international scholarships, training and professional awards from South Africa, the USA, the UK, Belgium, Germany, Russia and Norway. His story of accomplishment has been featured by the European Commission in ESAA magazine, Pretoria News, GovInn Webpage and UP WebNews. Dickson is skilled in research, capacity building, training, human development, project and programme management.

 

Contact him at dickson.ajisafe@esaa-eu.org

 

Iris Nxumalo

Iris Nxumalo

Junior researcher

Iris Nxumalo completed her undergraduate degree in International Studies (Distinction) in 2013 and completed her honours degree in International Relations in 2014 (Distinction).

She has worked both in the capacity of tutor and Intern Lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences. Very passionate about the African continent, she seeks to make her contribution to the continent through policy-making, advocacy and academic work.

Research interests

  • African history and literature
  • Conflict and mediation practices
  • International policy making
  • The role of ethical leadership in African politics
  • Education and gender advocacy
  • Multilateral diplomacy and human security

Contact

Email: Iris.tintswalo@gmail.com

2013-2014 – The EU, Regional Conflicts and the Promotion of Regional Cooperation: A Successful Strategy for a Global Challenge? (REGIOCONF)

Regional conflicts are a core global challenge in that they threaten international peace and affect global actors either because of economic and strategic interests or because of challenges to normative claims. The European Union (EU) has been seen as a normative power able to help transform such conflicts.

A prominent strategy in this has been the promotion of regional integration through various forms of support for regional integration projects and strategies, from the Andean Community to the African Union. REGIOCONF aims at assessing this strategy by comparing EU involvement in different cases in the Mediterranean, Africa, Central and South America and East Asia.
It will explain the persistence of this strategy and the choice of particular instruments, assess its implementation, analyse local responses and the interaction with the global community, and determine the conditions under which a regionalisation strategy, as an instrument of conflict transformation, may be successful.
In doing so, it will enhance our understanding of a crucial part of EU external policy, make a contribution to the debate about sustainable peace strategies, and put forward policy recommendations about how to assist the transformation of regional conflicts more successfully.

Partners:University of Tubingen (Germany), Istituto Affari Internazionali (Italy), University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), University of Algiers (Algeria), University of Tsukaba (Japan).

Funding: Volkswagen Foundation, Compagnia di San Paolo and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

GovInn researchers: