GovInn Senior Researcher, Cori Wielenga, participated in the fourth of the four-part series on ‘African perspectives on peacebuilding‘ series hosted by Wilton Park and supported by the African Leadership Centre, African Peacebuilding Network and Carnegie Corporation from 20-21 March in Abuja, Nigeria.
Previous events in this series have assessed the development of African approaches to peacebuilding in response to the changing dynamics of conflict, and the emergence of new conflict actors, on the continent. The conference drew upon the evolution of these global trends, addressing how they interact with and impact conflict dynamics and peacebuilding in Africa, its broader ramifications, and explore the options with regard to Africa’s vision and role – along with its international partners in shaping the future of global peacebuilding.
GovInn’s Co-Director Chris Nshimbi published together with Inocent Moyo the article ‘Of Borders and Fortresses: Attitudes Towards Immigrants from the SADC Region in South Africa as a Critical Factor in the Integration of Southern Africa‘ in the Journal of Borderlands Studies.
South Africa attracts migrants from other parts of Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas. However, the immigration debate within the country apparently revolves around immigrants from the other parts of Africa, including the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, and projects them as undesirable in a way best interpreted as discriminatory and exclusionary. This paper argues that this, coupled with South Africa’s immigration legislation, policies and practices amounts to forms of bordering and exclusion that starkly contradict the country and its neighbor’s aspirations for a regionally integrated Southern Africa. As one of the few SADC member states that have ratified the 2005 Draft Protocol on the Facilitation of Movement of Persons in the SADC, immigrants and cross-border movers from the SADC region ought to be treated well in South Africa. Not doing so militates against the goal of an integrated Southern Africa and the commitments South Africa has made to the continental agenda of establishing an African Economic Community.
Read the whole article here: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/GGgSkyGkFFPiwbDV2X7C/full
ESA-SSA and the University of Pretoria’s very own Dickson Ajisafe has returned to South Africa after successfully completing a postgraduate research exchange year at the University of Konstanz in Germany. Dickson left his mark on Europe, swiftly achieving a number of firsts, including as first Nigerian scholar to be awarded an Erasmus+ international scholarship to study in Europe, as well as the first African to be a member of several working groups attached to the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA). Such has been his contribution to Erasmus+, that the ESAA magazine has dedicated its feature article to Dickson’s story. Bravo Mr Ajisafe!
Please follow this link to the story: http://www.esaa-eu.org/about/esaa-magazine/
From October 30 to November 3, GovInn’s Senior Researcher Robin Bourgeois was in Lesotho to co-facilitate a “Lesotho Foresight and Scenario” workshop. This activity is part of the Lesotho Foresight and Scenario Project (LFSP), a collaborative project between the Government of Lesotho, the National University of Lesotho (NUL) and the United Nations Development Programme. The purpose of the workshop was to develop scenarios of Lesotho’s plausible futures and identifying pathways leading towards preferred futures. Around 50 participants from diverse sectors and institutions attended the three-day workshop. Robin supported Tanja Hichert in the implementation of the workshop program. Five scenarios have been designed and a related timeline of actions has been identified. Next steps will include finalization of the scenarios and dissemination. A full workshop report will be produced and made available by the end of November 2017. For more information contact Robin at email@example.com
Senior Research Fellow
Patrick Dzimiri joined GovInn as a Post-Doc Research Fellow in July 2017. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Pretoria and his current research focuses on human security, democracy, development and human rights in Africa (particularly southern Africa).
Patrick is also attached to the University of Venda, Department of Development Studies, where he is charged with the teaching of politics and development studies modules.
PhD focused on the Application of the Responsibility to Protect norm to the International Community’s Response to the Humanitarian crises in Zimbabwe and Sudan’s Darfur Region. Also published on: geopolitics and Intervention for human Protection purposes, Naming, Identity Politics and Violence in Zimbabwe, Militarization of the Youth in Zimbabwe, The Responsibility to Protect as a Conceptual safari in Africa, Human security Implications of militarization of governance structures in Zimbabwe among other areas dealing with governance, democracy and human rights.
- Human Security Studies
- Election Politics in Africa
- Humanitarian Studies and the Global Responsibility to Protect
- Governance and Development
- Human rights Protections
- Regional Studies
- Identity Politics and Social Cohesion
- Migration and Human Security