‘A Man of Good Hope’- Johnny Steinberg Book Discussion

Renowned author of ‘Three-Letter Plague, Midlands and The Number”, Johnny Steinberg won SA’s premier non-fiction prize, the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award. Now an associate professor of African Studies at Oxford, Johnny Steinberg embarked on a journey of sharing the story of a Somali man (Asad) who fled the city of Mogadishu as a child in 1991. Asad grew up travelling from place to place in various parts of east African countries and finally made his way down to South Africa in his early ...

Leave No One Behind: SALO dialogue

In moving forward with the Post -2015 Development Agenda, the issue of inclusivity has been raised. Vulnerable groups such as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex individuals (LGBTI), women, the elderly and migrants should no be left behind in implementing the Post-2015 Development Agenda. These were some of the sentiments shared among those that attended the Development Dialogue Series hosted by the Southern African Liaisons Office (SALO) on September 30, 2015. What does inclusive ...

Listening Voices: Refugee women to share their stories

The ASC team has been working on collecting the stories of Somali women for a publication that is intended to document the stories of Somali women living in South Africa – why they came, what they faced on the journey, what their experiences have been after reaching South Africa and what their aspirations are for the future. The publication seeks to raise awareness about the reasons that refugees are coming into the country, to build understanding of the background that drove them here, and ...

Team ACTION Takes to the Track In honour of Tata Madiba

Team ACTION could not let the opportunity of being part of the campaign that emerged in honour of the late post-apartheid president Nelson Mandela pass on, without making a meaningful contribution to this day of goodwill. Therefore, succeeding the actual day (18 July) set aside for everyone who is in support and believes in the course to transform the world in 67 minutes through their abilities to do their own bid, ACTION took to the track in the Kaya FM relay, organized by Kaya FM to raise ...

Leadership training: individual self-reflection and collaborative leadership

The ACTION Support Centre facilitated a session during a two day workshop on transformative leaders for the Stop Stock Outs Project (SSP) participants drawn from 8 provinces in South Africa. The Stop Stock Outs Project is a national campaign to assist the thousands of health care users whose lives remain threatened by the chronic plague of essential medication stock outs.
The consortium members include MSF, the RHAP, RuDASA, SA HIV Clinician’s Society, SECTION27 and the TAC. The Training ...

What we learned: reflections about technology, early warning systems and relationships from the MAVC project

From Early Warning to Response in the Prevention of Violence A multi-stakeholder partnership between 5 organisational formations Members of the ASC flew to the UK in September to meet partners from the Making All Voices Count (MAVC) project. Below are the reflections and observations about the project that were noted at the Symposium The MAVC support to the partnerships enabled a deeper more intensive participatory research and learning engagement between existing members of the ACTION for ...

Breaking the silence: dialogue in Myanmar

Silence is golden goes the saying. But in the golden land of Myanmar the culture of silence that still dominates so many villages and townships is more an indicator of a dark and repressive past than an allusion to anything shiny or valuable. The behaviour of remaining silent and the underlying attitudes of fear, mistrust and suspicion are the direct results of years of military repression and an oppressive and undemocratic system of government. During the years of repression keeping quiet was ...

COSATU Conference: International solidarity, trade unions and lessons from the global south

Build workers Power for Democratic Alternatives, Industrialisation and Progressive Transformation of Africa The ACTION Support Centre participated in the COSATU International Conference on Africa focusing on workers issues, industrialisation and socio-cultural, political and economic solidarity across the African continent. Day One focused on International Solidarity, drawing practical examples from Swaziland, Palestine and Western Sahara. Key sub-topics for this session were: The essence, ...

September Highlights

Over the last month, the ASC has been involved in a diverse range of activities that have taken place in different parts of the world. We have included a summary of these initiatives here, and encourage you to share news of your own events for publication in future newsletters, as we seek to learn from one another’s work. Members of the ASC flew to the UK in September to meet partners from the Making All Voices Count (MAVC) project, which was concluded in September. We share here notes from ...

A call for better collaboration: multilateral interventions

ACTION’s attendance of the dialogue hosted by the Southern African Liasion’s Office (SALO), and respective partners on August 06, 2015, provided an opportunity for all present to engage on the topic of ‘Building Regional and International Consensus: Burundi, Lesotho, Madagascar and Zimbabwe’. The panelists that were made up of various practitioners, academics and researchers in the field of peace and security, interrogated the current causes of conflict in the Southern African Develop...