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Congratulations to Mr Tsedu on his appointment as Executive Director at SANEF!

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South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) is pleased to announce that Mathatha Tsedu has been appointed as its Executive Director from 1 April 2014. The appointment is a result of a secondme

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Women's representation in parliament still low in the region!

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Botswana remains one of the lowest in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region in representation of women in politics.

Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Ms Botlogile Tshireletso said this recently at the commemoration of women’s day and SADC gender monitor launch.

SADC Gender monitor, launched under the theme, “equality for women progress for all” provides information that SADC member states need to improve their efforts to ensure equal representation in all SADC structures and institutions.

Thus, the assistant minister said it was everyone’s responsibility in government, political party structures, private sector and civil society, noting that it was essential to make concerted and deliberate efforts to ensure women were appointed to leadership positions.

Ms Tshireletso further indicated that a lot still needed to be done, especially in political structures and institutions. She added that numbers of women in politics were very low, especially in Parliament and cabinet.

“It is my hope that we will improve especially in view of the upcoming elections in Botswana,” she said. SADC, she said, was fully committed to promoting sustainable and equitable socio-economic growth and development that would ensure poverty alleviation with the ultimate goal to eradicate it.

That, she said could only be achieved if both genders in the society were fully involved and given a chance to fully participate in all spheres of life including decision making.

She added that SADC head of states and government have committed themselves to ensuring equal representation of women and men in decision making of member states and SADC structures at all levels by 2015 in line with the African Union gender parity principle.

SADC Gender Protocol on Gender and Development which was adopted by SADC heads of state and government in August 2008, in articles 4, 12 and 13 also emphasise the importance of 50:50 target on representation of women and men in politics and decision making positions in SADC.

Ms Tshireletso stated that SADC member states have committed to increase women’s representation in politics and decision making positions, put in place legislation, policy and programmes to ensure equal representation of men and women in political and decision making positions.

She also noted that SADC committed to support and strengthen the capacity of women to participate fully through leadership, gender sensitive training and monitoring as well as put in place policies, strategies and programmes for changing discriminatory attitudes, transforming the patriarchal culture and norms prevalent in decision making structures and procedures.

Acting Executive Secretary at SADC Secretariat, Mr Remigious Makumbe stated that SADC region has recorded commendable milestones in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment over the years.

Mr Makumbe noted that on women’s health, the region realised reduction of maternal mortality rates, while in education, most member states were on course to achieve the gender parity in enrolment rates of boys and girls at both primary and secondary school levels.

Member states, he said, have incorporated gender perspectives in their education policies, programmes and curriculum, among other successes.

Mr Makumbe stated that on governance, SADC member states have realised an increase of women representation and participation in the public and private spheres.

He also highlighted that Malawi was the first member state in the region to have a woman President who also performed leadership roles on various key issues at the regional, continental and global level.

He observed that at Cabinet level, there has been a steady and consistent upward trend in the number of women representation in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Botswana, Mozambique and Tanzania, he said, have women speakers of Parliament, and women deputy speakers of Parliament in Angola, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

In addition, Mr Makumbe noted that at Central Government level, the region still had a long way to go in achieving gender parity goal, saying only Botswana, Mauritius and Mozambique were above 30 per cent representation of women on Permanent Secretaries.

He added that Botswana and Malawi were leading in women representation at director levels.

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Flooding by the martins drift border!

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South African and Botswana immigration authorities were on Thursday, March 13 forced to close both the South African Groblersbrug and Martins Drift border posts following threats from the overflowing Limpopo River.

The two border posts are separated by Limpopo River, which is the second largest river in Africa that drains to the Indian Ocean after the Zambezi River.

Officer Commanding No.16 District, Mr Neo Kedumetse said in an interview that the police and officials from the district commissioner’s office in Mahalapye were closely monitoring the situation.

He said the two border posts, particularly Martins Drift, will be closed until the waters subsided.

He said the situation was worse in the South African side than the Botswana side, where the immigration offices are submerged in water.

Again, he said the water level at Limpopo River was rising as such threatening Department of Immigration and Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) employees residing at Martins Drift border posts.

He said some of the water had already found its way into staff houses along the river bank and also covered part of Kwa Nokeng Lodge.

However, he said water has not yet reached the immigration offices.

Mr Badumetse further said the police had taken an initiative to evacuate employees residing along the river bank to safer places temporarily until the waters subsided.

Deputy District Commissioner for Mahalapye Administration Authority, Mr Bakuedi Masole said his office was working hand in hand with the National Disaster Management Office and the police to address the situation.

Mr Masole said his office has provided tents and trucks to move employees’ property to safer places.

He added that they have also secured accommodation at schools in Lerala village to accommodate employees temporarily.

Further, he said they have met with the police, immigration and BURS officials to discuss the situation and have agreed to meet the South African authorities regarding the disaster.

He said the Martins Drift border post will therefore remain closed until the situation in the South African side was back to normal. BOPA

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March 13, 2014 at 11:55 pm

SADC CNGO, what do you say about NANGOF Trust which falsely claim that it is an umbrella of NGOs in Namibia. It fails to have held AGMs in 2012 and 2013. New Trustees are elected at the AGM so if there is no AGM and financial reports would this "umbrella" NGO still be trusted on matters of corporate governance if it fails its own democratic processes? Of course not as that would be double standards from. "Human rights" activist. Unfortunately such an NGO can never monitor/observe national elections. They recently went to Zimbabwe and criticised that government, though they don't hold their elections.I think any voter can object to their participation in national elections. In any case if they were really an umbrella they have respected members and hold AGMs so members elect new Trustees. The question to you iss what if any action can you take to NANGOF Trust since you say you are an umbrella in SADC?

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Recent outbreaks of typhoid and anthrax in Manicaland Province are now under control, a senior health official has said. Director of epidemiology and disease control in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Portia Manangazira said in Makoni District, no anthraxrelated deaths were reported

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Rwanda's Ministry of foreign affairs Louis Mushikiwabo said in a tweet "We have expelled six South African diplomats in reciprocity and concern at SA harbouring of dissidents responsible for terrorist attacks in Rwanda".

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) organ on defense and security affairs has said it will continue to work towards ensuring that the region continues to enjoy peace and stability.

This comes as the SADC community is currently working towards the processes of regional integration and is also currently holding a council of ministers meeting in Lilongwe

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) organ on defense and security affairs has said it will continue to work towards ensuring that the region continues to enjoy peace and stability.

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GIZ says there is need for Civil Society Organsiations (CSO) to collaborate with District and Town councils if pluralistic society is to be developed.

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GIZ says there is need for Civil Society Organsiations (CSO) to collaborate with District and Town councils if pluralistic society is to be developed.

Facebook IconMarch 5, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Mozambique's ruling Frelimo party early on Sunday picked Defence Minister Filipe Nyusi, a close ally of current two-term President Armando Guebuza, to be its candidate for an election in October that will choose the country's next leader.

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Mozambique's ruling Frelimo party early on Sunday picked Defence Minister Filipe Nyusi to be its candidate for an election in October.

March 5, 2014 at 4:10 pm

The SADC Lawyers’ Association Urges SADC Ministers of Justice
not to Deny SADC Citizens and NGOs Access to the SADC Tribunal
Pretoria, South Africa
The SADC Association (“SADCLA”) expresses grave concern over the decision of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government to uphold the 2012 Maputo SADC Summit resolution to draft a new Protocol on the SADC Tribunal, which restricts access by individuals and organizations. This decision catastrophically renders the SADC Tribunal an interstate court.
The SADCLA laments over this closed-door, decision making practice that runs contrary to Article 23 of the Treaty Establishing SADC, which prescribes a consultative process in which the peoples and organizations of SADC are to pursue the joint implementation of the objects of the Treaty. The consequences of this practice impact negatively on the regional integration agenda, the business community engaged in business within SADC, and SADC employees, all of which will no longer have an avenue to pursue legal remedies for regional disputes. Furthermore, this decision creates a legal quagmire with regard to the disposition of the cases that are still pending before the Tribunal.
The SADCLA recalls Article 9 of the SADC Treaty, which established the SADC Tribunal, and the scope of the Tribunal prescribed in its original establishing Protocol to, among other things: hear disputes between States, and between natural or legal persons and States; have exclusive jurisdiction over all disputes between natural or legal persons and the Community; and to have exclusive jurisdiction over all disputes between the Community and its staff relating to their conditions of employment.
The dilution of the jurisdiction of the SADC Tribunal, therefore, will go against the “spirit” of the Treaty and runs contrary to the jurisdictional trend that is prevailing on the African continent with regard to regional and continental courts. To be sure, the Economic Community of West African States Community Court of Justice, the East Africa Court of Justice, and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Court
of Justice are directly accessible by natural and legal persons. Furthermore, the African Court of Justice and Human Rights permits individuals and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to file cases against Member States. Therefore, a blanket ban on access to the SADC Tribunal by individuals and other non-state actors goes against this trend and is a negation of the implementation of the principles and objectives of the SADC Treaty and Constitutive Act of the African Union.
In this regard, the SADCLA strongly recommends that:
a) The SADC Council of Ministers advise the SADC Heads of State and Government to reverse the decision to draft a Protocol, which will dilute the powers, roles and responsibilities of the SADC Tribunal, and to reinstate the SADC Tribunal according to its original mandate; and
b) The SADC Council of Minister to advise the SADC Heads of State and Government to facilitate wider participation of the citizens of the region in the formulation of a new protocol on the SADC Tribunal.
The SADC Lawyers’ Association and all of the law societies and bar associations of Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe are committed to, and urge the invitation of, the provision of technical legal assistance to facilitate the implementation of these recommendations by the SADC Council of Ministers and SADC Heads of State and Government.
By and on behalf of the SADC Lawyers’ Association
Kondwa Sakala-Chibiya

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Facebook IconMarch 3, 2014 at 9:30 am

SADC Protocol@Work Summits to start with district summits in 2014

Deadline for district summit submissions is 7 March; national summits 20 March. For more information go to: http://www.genderlinks.org.za/page/gender-summit

Johannesburg, 27 February: The SADC Gender Protocol Summit and Awards soar to greater heights this year with 20 district, 12 national and a regional summit calling on governments to account for their commitments to gender equality in the critical countdown to 2015. The summits will also witness the launch, from the ground up, of a movement from a strong post 2015 global and SADC gender agenda.

Gender Links (GL), the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance, local government associations, Faith Based Organisations and the Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC) with the collaboration of the SADC Gender Unit, will coordinate the SADC Gender Protocol@Work summits under the strapline “50/50 by 2015 and a strong post 2015 agenda.”

The summits will serve as a loud speaker for the call to step up the pace on fulfilling the 28 targets on the SADC Protocol before the 2015 deadline. With ten elections in the region between now and the end of 2015, the Alliance and partners will especially focus on the 50/50 campaign and use the elections to demand government actions and accountability.

This year, for the first time, in a bid to strengthen the reach and impact of the SADC Protocol@Work Summit at the local level, summits will be cascaded to the district level in ten SADC countries. The district summits will serve to verify the work of nearly 200 Councils that have developed and are implementing gender action plans through the Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government initiative.

During March and April, partners will convene 14 preparatory district summits and 12 preparatory national summits in Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, culminating in a regional summit held in Johannesburg from 26-28 May.

The 2014 SADC Protocol@Work Summit will have a stronger institutional and sustainability focus, with new categories for government ministries and the Alliance networks. The first new category is on the 50/50 campaign, to put the spotlight on SADC countries holding elections over the next two years, and turn up the pressure for delivery. The second category is on gender and climate change, to increase pressure for strong provisions on gender and sustainable development in the post-2015 agenda. In addition, a 50/50 and post-2015 working meeting will follow each national summit, and all recommendations will be consolidated at the regional summit – see http://www.genderlinks.org.za/page/policy-briefs.

The summits date back to the biannual Gender and Media Summits from 2004, joined in 2010 by annual Gender Justice and Local Government Summits. In 2013 GL, the Alliance, Faith Based Organisations, local government associations and media houses combined forces to host one overall 2013 SADC Protocol@Work Summit. The regional summit followed twelve national summits bringing to together over 1400 participants and gathering 742 best practices of the SADC Gender Protocol @ Work.

After a gruelling judging process, GL and the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance awarded 45 gender champions (34 women and 11 men) prizes for their efforts to put the SADC Gender Protocol to work. Former South African deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, now head of UNWOMEN presented the awards at the joyous ceremony held under the banner, "2015, yes we can, and yes we must!"

Current chair of SADC and the only woman head of state in SADC Joyce Banda sent a video message to the summit, urging all governments to step up their efforts to meet the targets of the unique sub-regional instrument that brings together all existing commitments to gender equality and enhances them through targets and timeframes.

With this slogan in mind, GL and Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance is calling for entries at local and national level, from civil society and Faith Based Organisations; government ministries; local government councils and media. The closing date for district level entries is 7 March 2014 and entries for national level close at 5 pm 20 March 2014.

For entry instructions and to view the relevant award categories visit http://www.genderlinks.org.za/page/gender-summit. For more information, contact Gender Links on 27 (0) 11 622 2877 or email queries to summit@genderlinks.org.za. Country contact points can be found on the GL website.

Follow Gender Links on Twitter (@GenderLinks) and Facebook. The official SADC Gender Protocol Summit hash tag is #SGPsummit

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February 21, 2014 at 11:38 am

RD Congo

Nouveau départ pour l’École nationale d’administration

Soixante candidats vont être sélectionnés en mars pour former la première promotion de la nouvelle École nationale d’administration. Basée à Kinshasa, elle ouvrira ses portes en avril.

“Servir l’État avec intégrité, compétence et patriotisme.” La nouvelle École nationale d’administration (ENA) de Kinshasa se fixe d’ambitieux défis. En mars, elle organise son premier concours national d’entrée, gratuit, avec l’aide de sa consœur française, chargée d’apporter une “méthodologie de correction rapide”, a expliqué le professeur Daniel Makiesse Mwanawanzambi, directeur général de l’ENA-RDC, lors d’une conférence de presse fin janvier dans la capitale congolaise.

Makiesse Mwanawanzambi et son adjoint, Guillaume Banga Wakimesa, ont été nommés à la tête de l’ENA-RDC sur une ordonnance du président de la République, Joseph Kabila, datée du 24 décembre 2013. Il y a un an, Makiesse Mwanawanzambi, ex-directeur de l’académie diplomatique au ministère des Affaires étrangères, a été élu membre de la Commission de l’union africaine pour le droit international. Précédemment, son numéro deux a été, lui, chef de service de la coopération décentralisée au ministère de l’Intérieur.

Neuf mois de cours

Les 60 meilleurs candidats du concours – déjà fonctionnaires ou non, et âgés de 30 ans maximum – seront sélectionnés sur le principe de la “méritocratie” et chacun recevra une bourse de “pas moins de 500 dollars par mois”, a souligné le directeur général de l’ENA-RDC. À partir d’avril, ils doivent suivre neuf mois d’enseignement (management, politique publique…) assurés par des hauts fonctionnaires congolais ou étrangers. À cela s’ajoutera un stage dans une administration en République démocratique du Congo et à l’étranger.

Pour l’heure, l’ENA, créée le 16 avril 2013 en replacement de celle fondée en 2007, ne sait pas encore où seront affectés ses diplômés. Mais “nombreux sont les cadres qui sont en âge de partir à la retraite, ce qui implique le rajeunissement de l’administration publique”, indique un communiqué de l’ENA-RDC, alors que des milliers d’agents et cadres doivent quitter leur poste à partir de cette année. Une obligation non négligeable pour les futurs énarques : rester sept ans dans la fonction publique, ou rembourser leur formation…

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February 6, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Anglo American Platinum (LON:AAL), the world's largest platinum producer, warned Monday the current strike at its South African operations could force the company to cut 1,200 to 1,400 jobs this year.

The miner said the planned layoffs would follow last year’s lost of 7,438 jobs, when merged five mines at its Rustenburg complex into three.

Despite Amplats returned to profitability last year, the company is now facing fresh challenges. Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), which represents about 10% of the company’s 4,500 staff at its processing plants, downed tools on Monday.

Reporting a net reported a loss of 568 million rand (US$51.2 million) for 2013, from a loss of 6.4 billion rand in 2012, CEO Chris Griffith warned a protracted strike would impact its recently achieved profitability, forcing Amplats to reconsider some of its more marginal operations.

“We have just gone through this very difficult 2012/2013, returned the company to profitability,” he said. “But if this strike continues at Rustenburg and some of those other operations, then clearly we are going to have to relook at what this means for the profitably of those mines.”

Mining accounts for 6% of South Africa's gross domestic product and mineral exports make up 60% of export revenue. Companies have already cut several thousand jobs because of costly strikes and a weakening demand environment in the past two years, a blow to the country's high unemployment rate of roughly 24%.

The workers on strike now are demanding that their employers raise entry-level salaries to ZAR12,500 rand ($1,150) a month from around ZAR5,000. Companies have offered an up to 9% increase.

February 6, 2014 at 10:54 am

Climate change effects are foregrounded as the rains bless the southern African region. Floods in Botswana and South Africa highlight the need for better infrastructure. If you have been affected by floods in your area share your story with us and how we can mitigate the effects of climate change in the region.

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The South Africa-based African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) in partnership with the Centre for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) at California State University, Sacramento are hosting the fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution conference under the theme 'Alternative Dispute Resolution and Peace Studies in Africa: Lessons, Prospects and Challenges' from 25-26 July 2014 in Johannesburg.

Organisers recently launched preparations and published a call for papers for this international summit, which will seek to address a gap in knowledge and research on various Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms as well as peace and conflict resolution initiatives and their impact in reducing conflicts, increasing peace and development, and promoting social justice in Africa. Within this context, the conference will attempt to identify best practices, common challenges and prospects in addition to providing space for networking, self-assessment, reflection and innovation among practitioners, academics, policymakers, and donors participating in the event.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and related conflict resolution programmes emerged in Africa in the mid-1990s, followed by peace studies in the 2000s. During the said periods, many government and educational institutions and non-governmental organisations have been created in different parts of Africa; various related programmes and projects have been developed and implemented, and certain enabling legislations, policies and institutions created. However, there is paucity of knowledge or research on the key lessons, common challenges and prospects of the various ADR mechanisms as well as peace and conflict resolution initiatives and their impact in reducing conflicts, increasing peace and development, and promoting social justice in Africa.

This fourth international summit, following earlier meetings in 1998 and 2011 in Accra, and 2008 in Addis Ababa, will attempt to fill the void by identifying the best practices or lessons of current programmes, projects and initiatives and promote exchanges on key gains, progress made and common challenges; it will also create opportunities for continent-wide regional / international networking in peace building practice and research. Identifying / addressing current void or gaps will provide opportunity for self-assessment, reflection and innovation among advocates, practitioners and scholars, donors and policymakers, and contribute to the sustainability of emergent popularity and promise of peace studies and various conflict resolution projects in Africa.

The meeting will also facilitate regional networking and development of common standards of ethics for ADR and/or conflict resolution practice and training as well as articulate evaluation benchmarks.

Call for Papers:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 20 March 2014

Send proposals to: Ernest Uwazie, E-mail: uwazieee@csus.edu and Sabrina Ensenbach, E-mail: sabrina@accord.org.za.

Download the Call for Papers here
Guidelines for Submissions:
• Only online submissions will be accepted;
• Please endeavour to use the same email address for all correspondence;
• Early submission is strongly encouraged.
Abstracts must be 150 words and should include your title, full contact details, description of your data, key findings and recommendations as well as your institution / organisation with which you are affiliated or identified.

Submissions must be in MS Word, font style: Calibri body, font size: 12 with double spacing.

Full Papers:

Papers must be between 15-20 pages, including illustrations / tables and references, due on 1 July 2014.

Interactive Presentations:

An interactive presentation, for the purposes of this conference, is either a photographic presentation or a video-graphic presentation. Some research is easily adapted to this style, especially in the area of case studies and role plays. If your presentation is in this category, please indicate it in your proposal and also indicate what accessory it may require.

Panel Sessions:

Proposals for panel discussions or presentations of 3-5 people are welcome. The panel members (with names, institution, contact, paper title and abstract) you propose must agree in advance of submission to participate as panel presenters and to register for the conference.

Ethical Considerations:

Authorship: Authors must give credit through references or notes to the original author of any idea or concept presented in the paper and proposal. This includes direct quotations and paraphrases.

Publication or Presentation History: If material in your presentation has been published, presented, or accepted for publication or presentation, this must be disclosed in your paper and proposal. Please note that depending on the decision of the reviewers, this may render your material ineligible.

Conference Attendance: If your panel, paper, or interactive display presentation is accepted for this conference, you have a commitment to register for and attend the conference and perform your assigned role. All chairs and respondents also make this commitment.

If extenuating circumstances prevent you from attending, find a substitute to perform your duties and notify the organisers through the contacts given in this Call for Papers.

Conference Registration Fee: US$100. The fee caters for space, refreshments, conference materials, and logistics / arrangements.

Hotel/Lodging: Johannesburg, South Africa (hotel / venue to be confirmed)

Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation costs and arrangements.

Paper Publication: Select papers will be published in a post-conference book or conference proceedings.

Submission of Papers, Rights, and Agreement

By submitting papers, abstracts, author names, diagrams, and other data (the 'submission') to the conference organisers for inclusion in the 2014 conference, authors understand that they become part of an agreement between the organisers of the conference, which stipulates the following:

As part of the conference, this submission may be included and/or made available in an online conference website, printed conference documents, or other online or electronic media. After the conference, accepted submissions will be archived and distributed as a part of the fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference.

Authors grant to CAPCR and ACCORD, a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable license to reproduce, distribute, create derivative works from, publicly perform, and publicly display the submission in all languages, in whole or in part, to end users through a direct online or relicense or sale of information products, including but not limited to all formats of magnetic digital, CD-ROM, tape, online hosts, Internet services, and other electronic, laser, or optical media or other formats now known or hereafter discovered.

CAPCR and ACCORD shall have the right to register copyright to the submission and the accompanying abstract in their name as claimant as part of the conference proceedings or another medium in which such submission is included. An author submitting a paper to this conference retains the right to publish this work in a journal or other publication without limitation by CAPCR, ACCORD or other affiliates.


Presentations are invited from all areas of experience and case studies of alternative dispute resolution and peace studies at/by governmental agencies and nongovernmental organisations, educational institutions, Chambers of Commerce and Election Commissions among several others.

Thematic areas include but are not limited to the following:
• Governance disputes - including political disputes, government administration / civil service disputes and electoral/election disputes;
• Extractive industries disputes - including mining, oil and gas and quarrying;
• Commercial disputes - including employment and labour relations;
• Cultural / ethnic disputes - including chieftaincy issues and succession, community and indigenous justice systems;
• Construction disputes;
• Property / asset disputes - including land disputes;
• Family disputes - including marriage and divorce, child custody and inheritance disputes;
• Peace education - peace education as part of the curriculum of educational institutions, civic education, and leadership development;
• Mainstreaming ADR - including judicial reform, challenges, lessons and the way forward, ADR legislations and legislations that give room for ADR;
• National reconciliation and transitional justice;
• Gender and women;
• Human rights;
• Youth non-violence and leadership;
• Disability issues;
• Building a culture of peace and its sustainability - including national architectures for peace, the role of peace councils and civil society and non-governmental organisations;
• Crisis response and national security concerns - including the role of the Red Cross / Crescent organisations, disaster management and other relief efforts;
• Trends in the usage of ADR mechanisms;
• Congregational/religious disputes - including intra-faith and inter-faith disputes;
• Security interventions and armed conflicts - including declaration of state of emergencies and imposition of curfews, peacekeeping operations and de-escalation, disarmament and reintegration efforts.
Tentative Agenda (subject to change)

24 July 2014: Arrival of Participants

25 July 2014: Day One
• 09h00 - 10h45: Opening / Keynote
• 11h00 - 13h00: Panel Presentations
• 13h00 - 14h00: Lunch
• 14h00 - 17h00: Panel Presentations
• 17h00 - 19h00: Networking / Reception
26 July 2014: Day Two • 09h00 - 11h00: Panel Presentations
• 11h00 - 13h00: Panel Presentations
• 13h00 - 14h00: Lunch
• 14h00 - 17h00: Summit of ADR / Peace Studies Leaders/Directors: Exchanges on Lessons, Prospects and Challenges
• 17h00 - 18h00: Closing / Conference Communiqué
• 19h00 - 21h00: Closing Dinner / Cultural Gala Night - additional fee of US$35
27 July 2014: Departure of Participants

Optional tours / sightseeing in South Africa


United States of America
Professor. Ernest Uwazie
E-mail: uwazieee@csus.edu
Website: http://www.csus.edu

South Africa
Sabrina Ensenbach
E-mail: sabrina@accord.org.za

For more about African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, refer to http://www.accord.org.za.

For more about Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, refer to http://www.csus.edu/hhs/capcr.

Event start date: 25/07/2014

Event end date: 26/07/2014

Event venue: Johannesburg, South Africa.

Event type: Conference

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