Policy Briefs (42)

South Africa, the SADC Economic Partnership Agreement, and Regional Integration in Southern Africa
(Policy Brief No. 42)

CCR Policy 42

This CCR policy brief emanates from a policy advisory group seminar held in Cape Town on 17 July 2018. Bringing together about 30 government, business, and civil society actors, the meeting sought to provide a platform for knowledge-sharing and dialogue on the issues raised by the SADC economic partnership agreement (EPA); and to strengthen participants’ capacity to engage with the implications of the EPA for regional integration. The meeting sought to address a widely recognised need to ensure greater civil society involvement in the implementation of the agreement. It also focused on two key agriculture and agro-processing sectors: poultry and fisheries. The seminar was hosted by CCR in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) South Africa office.

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Posted to the Web: 24 August 2018

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The Rights of Vulnerable and Marginalised Groups in South Africa
(Policy Brief No. 41)

CCR PB 41

This CCR policy brief emanates from three public dialogues held in Cape Town, on 23 April 2018 on “Ending Violence Against Women in South Africa: Disruption and Innovation”; on 22 May 2018 on “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Rights in South Africa: Equality and Inclusion on Paper Versus Practice”; and on 26 June 2018 on “Tackling Xenophobia in South Africa: The Search for Solutions”.  The public dialogues explored the extent to which South Africa's constitutional protection of key vulnerable and marginalised groups has been realised. The dialogues were hosted by CCR in collaboration with the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR).

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Posted to the Web: 17 August 2018

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Regional Integration in Southern Africa: Strengthening Participatory Governance in SADC
(Policy Brief No. 40)

cover polbrief vol40This CCR policy brief emanates from a policy advisory group seminar held in Cape Town on 17 February 2018. Bringing together about 30 critical role players, including the SADC Secretariat, the meeting sought to address in-depth the lack of participation in, and ownership of, SADC and regional integration processes among key stakeholders such as parliaments, civil society, tertiary and research institutions, the private sector, and the media. The seminar was the second in a series hosted by CCR in collaboration with the Botswana-based Strengthening the National-Regional Linkages in SADC (SNRL) Programme.

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Posted to the Web: 26 March 2018

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An Agenda for Civil Society: A Business Critique? Shaping South Africa's Region-Building Role
(Policy Brief No. 39)

cover polbrief vol39This CCR policy brief emanates from a policy advisory group seminar held in Cape Town on 20 October 2017. The meeting sought to assess the challenges and opportunities for business and civil society in the agro-processing sector, in particular leather and leather products, in South Africa and the wider Southern and Eastern African regions, within the framework of South Africa's region-building role. The seminar provided a platform for knowledge sharing, constructive dialogue, and critical reflection among 30 diverse representatives of civil society and business stakeholders in the agro-processing sector; and key national and regional business actors, as well as emerging entrepreneurs, in the leather and leather products industries. The seminar was hosted by CCR and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) South Africa.

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Posted to the Web: 15 November 2017

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The Implementation Gap of the Regional Integration Agenda in SADC
(Policy Brief No. 37)

cover polbrief vol37This CCR policy brief emanates from a policy advisory group seminar held in Cape Town, from 15 to 16 May 2017. The meeting reflected critically on the challenges of, and prospects for, regional integration in Southern Africa; and assessed the implementation gap of its policies and protocols for its 15 member states with a view to accelerating regional implementation of SADC's policies and protocols and to identify strategies for strengthening the capacity of national partners in furtherance of regional integration. The seminar was hosted by CCR and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Strengthening National-Regional Linkages in SADC (SNRL) Programme in Gaborone.

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Posted to the Web: 9 September 2017

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Africa and South Africa on the Right to Protection, the ICC, and UNSC Resolution 1325
(Policy Brief No. 38)

cover polbrief vol38This CCR policy brief is based on three public dialogues held in Cape Town on "The International Criminal Court (ICC) and Africa: Friend or Foe?" on 22 February 2017; on "South Africa and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P): Principles vs. Interests" on 30 March 2017; and on "Promoting Women’s Rights: Implementing United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1325 in South Africa" on 25 May 2017. The meetings were hosted by CCR and the Johannesburg-based Foundation for Human Rights (FHR).

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Posted to the Web: 7 August 2017

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Promoting Dialogue on South Africa's Regional Integration Role in Southern Africa
(Policy Brief No. 36)

cover polbrief vol36This CCR policy brief is based on two public dialogues held in Cape Town on 22 March 2017 on "South Africa's Corporate Expansion in Southern Africa", and on 4 May 2017 on "Powerful Trade Unions: South African Drivers of Regional Economic Growth?". The meetings were hosted by CCR and the Johannesburg-based Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES).

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Posted to the Web: 6 July 2017

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Building Peace in South Sudan: Progress, Problems, and Prospects
(Policy Brief No. 35)

cover polbrief vol35This CCR policy brief is based on a policy advisory group seminar held in Cape Town from 14 to 15 December 2016. The meeting brought together about 30 key policymakers, academics, and civil society actors to reflect critically upon the challenges of, and prospects for, peacebuilding in South Sudan; and to examine the role of major actors in supporting local and national peace processes.

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Posted to the Web: 21 June 2017

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Africa and External Actors
(Policy Brief No. 34)

cover polbrief vol34This CCR policy brief is based on a policy research seminar held in Cape Town from 24 to 25 August 2016. The meeting brought together about 30 key scholars, policymakers, and civil society activists, and examined Africa's relations with eight key bilateral actors or blocs and six major multilateral actors, assessing progress made in the continent's efforts to increase its leverage in global politics through engagement with external actors.

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Posted to the Web: 13 December 2016

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The Peacebuilding Role of Civil Society in South Sudan
(Policy Brief No. 33)

cover polbrief vol33This CCR policy brief is based on a policy advisory group seminar held in Tshwane (Pretoria) from 11 to 12 December 2015. The meeting brought together about 30 key — mainly South Sudanese — civil society activists and scholars, as well as senior officials from South Africa and major external organisations, including the African Union and the United Nations to reflect critically on the record of, and prospects for, civil society in peacemaking and peacebuilding efforts in South Sudan.

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Posted to the Web: 29 November 2016

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