Policy Briefs (38)

Region-Building and Peacebuilding in Southern Africa
(Policy Brief No. 28)

cover polbrief vol28This CCR policy brief emanates from a policy advisory group seminar held in Gaborone, Botswana, from 19 to 20 September 2015, hosted by CCR and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) office in Gaborone. The Botswana seminar assessed key issues on region-building and peacebuilding in Southern Africa, while analysing South Africa's leadership role in the sub-region. The seminar was convened with about 30 mostly African policymakers, scholars, and civil society actors. Senior officials participated from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), and from the SADC region and donor governments.

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Posted to the Web: 11 February 2016

The Tensions between Cultural and Constitutional Values: Chapter Nine Institutions and Gender Equality
(Policy Brief No. 27)

cover polbrief vol27This CCR policy brief is based on two public dialogues held in Cape Town, on 12 August 2015 on "The Role of Tradition and Culture: What Has South Africa Achieved in Gender Equality?", and on 8 October 2015 on "The Role of Chapter Nine Institutions: Have They Fulfilled Their Constitutional Mandate?". The meetings were hosted by the Centre for Conflict Resolution, and the Johannesburg-based Foundation for Human Rights (FHR). The South African Constitution is widely regarded as one of the most progressive in the world. Chapter nine of this constitution established institutions to "strengthen constitutional democracy". The Commission for Gender Equality is the main Chapter Nine institution tasked with addressing gender issues, although there are other structures within the executive that together make up South Africa's national gender machinery.

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Posted to the Web:15 December 2015

Constitutional Democracy and the Rule of Law in South Africa
(Policy Brief No. 26)

cover polbrief vol26The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, and the Johannesburg-based Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) hosted two public dialogues in Cape Town on 15 June 2015 on "Democracy and the Rule of Law in South Africa", and on 8 September 2015, on the question: "Is the South African Constitution a Paper Tiger?". As part of its transition to majority rule, South Africa adopted what some have described as one of the world's most progressive constitutions in 1996. This marked the end of an era of "rule by law" in which the law was part and parcel of the oppressive system of apartheid. Despite notable achievements in the last two decades by the African National Congress (ANC) government since 1994 to address the injustices of the past and entrench constitutionalism, gaps remain which if not urgently addressed, could potentially render the constitution a "paper tiger" that is unable to deliver on the country's socio-economic transformation aspirations.

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Posted to the Web: 19 November 2015

Security and Governance in the Great Lakes Region
(Policy Brief No. 25)

cover polbrief vol25In May 2015, the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, brought together 30 mostly African policymakers, academics, and civil society actors to assess the major obstacles to peace, security, and governance in the Great Lakes region and to craft effective and credible policies and strategies to overcome these obstacles. The meeting focused, in particular, on the challenges faced by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); the problems of, and prospects for, stability in Burundi; the roles of Rwanda and Uganda in the region; the influence of regional actors such as South Africa, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the East African Community (EAC), the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), and the African Union (AU); and the role of external actors such as the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU). 

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Posted to the Web: 21 July 2015


Sécurité et Gouvernance dans la Région des Grands Lacs
(Rapport Numéro 25)

cover polbrief vol25Le Centre pour la résolution des conflits (CCR), le Cap, Afrique du Sud, a organisé un séminaire du groupe consultatif en matière de politique, au Cap Occidental, du 9 au 10 Mai 2015. La région des Grands Lacs, — qui consiste principalement du Burundi, de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), du Rwanda, et de l'Ouganda — est non seulement au centre de l'Afrique d'un point de vue géographique, mais également en termes de sécurité et de gouvernance continentales. Le séminaire a rassemblé une trentaine de décideurs, de chercheurs, et d'acteurs de la société civile en majorité africains, pour aborder les principaux obstacles à la paix, la sécurité et la bonne gouvernance dans la région des Grands Lacs. Les participants ont focalisé leur attention sur les crises politiques en cours au Burundi et en RDC, en cherchant également à élaborer des stratégies efficaces et crédibles pour surmonter les obstacles identifiés. 

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Posted to the Web: 9 Mars 2016

South Africa and the BRICS: Progress, Problems, and Prospects
(Policy Brief No. 24)

South Africa and the BRICS: Progress, Problems, and ProspectsThis policy brief emanates from a policy advisory group seminar convened by CCR one month after the sixth BRICS summit in the Brazilian cities of Fortaleza and Brasília in July 2014. CCR's August 2014 seminar brought together about 30 key South African, BRICS, and other policymakers, academics, and civil society actors to assess the potential for increasing the impact of the BRICS on global politics, and to develop concrete recommendations in support of South Africa's continuing engagement with the bloc. The meeting was held in Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa, from 30 to 31 August 2014.
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Posted to the Web: 20 November 2014

Region-Building and Regional Integration in Africa
(Policy Brief No. 23)

Region-Building and Regional Integration in AfricaThis CCR policy brief emanates from a policy research seminar which convened about 30 leading practitioners, scholars, and civil society actors from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America to consider region-building and regional integration processes in Africa; to advance African efforts to promote peace, security, and socioeconomic development on the continent; and to strengthen the capacities of institutional frameworks for intra-continental trade, including through improved coordination between the African Union (AU) and the continent's sub-regional bodies. The meeting was held in Cape Town from 28 to 30 April 2014.
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Posted to the Web: 25 September 2014

South Africa, Africa, and International Investment Agreements
(Policy Brief No. 22)

This policy brief emanates from a policy advisory group seminar which brought together about 30 policymakers, scholars, and civil society actors from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America, to assess and broaden the debate on the implications of international investment agreements (IIAs) - including bilateral investment treaties (BITs) - for development efforts in Africa. The meeting also assessed the principles that underpin these agreements, which were conceived in the immediate post-colonial era during the Cold War, and are increasingly seen by critics as being at odds with emerging economic challenges confronting developing countries. The meeting was organised by CCR and the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and was held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 17 to 18 February 2014.
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Updated on the Web: 17 July 2014

Post-Apartheid South Africa's Foreign Policy After Two Decades
(Policy Brief No. 21)

This policy brief emanates from a policy research seminar held in Cape Town from 28 to 30 July 2013 which convened about 50 leading practitioners, scholars, and civil society activists from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and North America to explore and enhance the potential leadership role that South Africa can play in promoting peace and security, as well as regional integration and development in Africa. It also focused on Tshwane's (Pretoria) interlocking bilateral and multilateral relationships on the continent and beyond.
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Posted to the Web: 21 May 2014

Towards A New Pax Africana: Making, Keeping, and Building Peace in Post-Cold War Africa
(Policy Brief No. 20)

This CCR policy brief assesses the progress being made by the African Union and Africa's regional economic communities in managing conflicts and operationalising the continent's peace and security architecture. The brief also seeks to assist these bodies in building peace in countries emerging from conflict. The policy brief is based on a policy research seminar held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 28-30 August 2013.
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Posted to the Web: 26 March 2014

Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa
(Policy Brief No. 19)

The MDGs, which were signed by 189 countries, including 53 African states, in 2000, set eight benchmarks to: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development by the year 2015. This CCR policy brief which is based on a policy research seminar held in Cape Town from 13-14 May 2013 assesses critically the progress that the continent has made towards achieving the MDGs in Africa.
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Posted to the Web: 2 October 2013

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