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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.

Seminar Report: “Africa-EU Cooperation, Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s 2030 Agenda – An ESA-SSA Interactive Seminar”

Participants of the ESA-SSA Seminar

More than forty participants from different academic departments and professional backgrounds attended an interactive seminar held on 11 June 2018 at GovInn headquarters in Old College House, University of Pretoria, focusing on ”Africa-EU Cooperation, Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s 2030 Agenda”. The event was organized by the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA). The seminar aimed at analyzing Africa-EU relations of current dispensation to synthesize investment and policy action for the achievement of sustainable development goals on Africa’s ‘recipes’. The seminar considered strategic techniques on how to take advantage of the challenges and opportunities currently available to Africa to customize and prioritize its investments towards achieving the SDGs on the continent. Among other things, relevant youth empowerment and maximizing the strength in multidisciplinary research approaches to proffer solutions to various development problems in Africa with partnership support of the EU were emphasized as keys to achieving sustainable future on the continent. The significance of open lab design philosophy in the conduct and timely application of research solutions to developmental challenges in Africa was stressed.

Presenting at the seminar were Prof. Willem Fourie, UP Associate Professor and the Co-ordinator of the South African SDG Hub; Manuel Iglesias, First Counsellor and Team Leader at the Governance Cooperation and Social Sectors department of the EU Delegation to South Africa as well as two PhD scholars: Dola Adeboye from the Food Science Department, University of Pretoria and Felix Donkor from the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (UNISA), South Africa. The event was opened with a warm welcome by Dr Chris Nshimbi, the acting GovInn Director and coordinated by Dickson Ajisafe, the ESA-SSA Secretariat Coordinator.

Serving as Volunteers at the seminar were Francois Gilles de Pelichy, Bridget Meso, AneLisa Mbonambi, David Kabwa from Political Science Department and Anthonia Dickson from Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.

This report was compiled by Mr Dickson Ajisafe for ESA-SSA.