Condolences on the passing of Obby Chibuluma

The ASC received word of the passing of Obby Chibuluma on the 30th of October 2015. Obby Chibuluma spent may years supporting the collective efforts to build peace in Southern Africa, across the continent and around the world. He dedicated his life to pan-african solidarity and was a central member of the ACTION for Conflict transformation network. Involved in GPPAC, the Southern African Social Forum and the national peace collective in Zambia. Obby was also coordinator of the Coalition for ...

Condolences on the passing of Georgina Rangel

The ASC has received the following news on the passing of Georgina Rangel: Dear friends from Action, with deep sadness I have to inform you that today (October 26th 2015) Georgina Rangel, a powerful peacebuilder from Mexico has left this physical world and now she's resting in peace. She was struggling a long cancer disease.   Her influence in Mexico, Guatemala and the Americas is deep, she worked long time in Chiapas during the time of the Guatemalan conflict, always offering comfort and love ...

Expressing views on China-Africa collaboration

The ACTION Support Centre (ASC), in partnership with the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO), hosted an informal civil society discussion on the 12th of October 2015, with the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS). The discussion welcomed SIIS: Prof. Yang Jiemian, Director, Academic Committee, (Former President SIIS); Prof. Zhang Chun, Deputy Director, Center for West Asian and African Studies. In addition, a range of civil society organisations based in South Africa, which ...

Migrant Crisis: Could Europe learn from Africa?

SALO hosted a dialogue on migration to bring into perspective the current issues at national, regional and international level. The discussions centered on the comparison of how migration is seen at different levels in different contexts. Europe is experiencing major pressures as the flow of desperate migrants predominantly from Syria and other countries reach record heights. The discussions pointed to migration in Africa as a problematic area but more manageable compared to the European ...

End of year Reflections on Local Peace Committee work

The Local Peace Committees have been active throughout 2015, and as 2015 draws to a close, reports are being submitted on the key events and lessons from 2015. This article highlights the main reflections taken from reports from the Orange Farm Local Peace Committee and Orange Farm Youth Desk. The various Local Peace Committees are undertaking work related to local level peace building activities in their communities. The Orange Farm local peace committee attended a cultural event and dialogue ...

Listening Voices: Stories from refugee women

Perhaps it’s human nature to put people into boxes – black, white, rich, poor, male, female, the list goes on. The danger is we see people according to the labels we’ve assigned them, and stop seeing them as individuals with their own story, personality, wounds, triumphs, and dreams. The Somali refugee women we have been talking to have all faced horrific situations, but each have a unique story to tell. Jamila’s father was approached by a man who wanted to marry her. The arrangements ...

Zimbabwean conference addresses need for peace education

Dumie Ngwenya, from Grace To Heal, is a member of the ACTION network, and has shared this update from a crucial peacebuilding conference in Zimbabwe with us. Grace To Heal was privileged to host the peacebuilding conference, possibly the first of its nature in Zimbabwe. It brought together grassroots peace practitioners, peace studies lecturers and students from several universities around Zimbabwe. A total of 60 people participated in the conference which was sponsored by Durban University of ...

CORE Survey to measure sustainability of Civil Society Organisations

The attendance of ACTION and other Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) to the 2015 Civil Society Organization (CSO) workshop based in Johannesburg, was hosted by the Co-operative for Research and Education (CORE). The workshop focused on identifying scarce and critical skills in the education NGO sector for 2015. To this end, the organization had been commissioned by the ETDP-SETA (Education, Training and Development Practices - Sector Education and Training Authority) to conduct a survey for 2015. ...

Insider mediators gaining recognition

The ACTION Support Centre was represented at the UNDP, Department of Political Affairs and European Union training process that took place in Casablanca, Morocco from the 21st to the 23rd of October. The training focused on how best external actors could provide support to Insider Mediators and add value to insider mediation processes. Using the recently published Guidance Note on Insider Mediation, to which the ASC contributed directly, and through the African Insider Mediator Platform ...

October Highlights

Highlights of the last month include a UNDP meeting in Morocco, which addressed the importance of insider mediators and those equipped with local knowledge to address local problems, a discussion suggesting that perhaps Africa has something to teach Europe when it comes to handling refugees and immigrants, and the stories we are hearing from refugee women in South Africa.  In Morocco, the ASC took part in a UNDP meeting on the role of Insider Mediators during conflict. Contrary to theories ...