Trip to Constitution Hill

The ASC has just completed another one of our Applied Conflict Transformation courses. Full details will be shared in the next newsletter. This course included an opportunity to connect participants in to South Africa’s election day, beginning with a visit to Constitution Hill. The Constitution is the foundation of the South African Constitutional Democracy providing a useful starting point for a conversation on democracy, transformation and public participation. Course participants included ...

Gaborone Consultation Process: Civil Society and the Peace and Security Council

The ACTION Support Centre was represented at the Southern Africa Consultation on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Peace and Security Council held in Gaborone from the 14th to the 15th of May. In her opening remarks the newly appointed SADC Executive Secretary, H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax called on participants to use the consultation to reflect on the contribution of civil society in shaping the work of the Peace and Security Council and to make recommendations that could have ...

University of Edinburgh Interns: ASC Welcomes Anisa and Suzanne

During the months of May and June the ACTION Support Centre is hosting two postgraduate students from the University of Edinburgh, who are joining their team for this period. Anisa Omar and Suzanne Tossings, both studying the MSc Africa and International Development, are interning at ACTION to gain insight into the workings of a peacebuilding organization, and to do research for their final dissertations, which will also contribute to the work of ACTION. Suzanne will be researching the conflict ...

Civicus Meeting

Human Rights Paradigms and the Global South ACTION Support Centre attended a meeting at CIVICUS organised by Camila Asano and Laura Waisbich from CONECTAS, an International Human Rights NGO based in Brazil. CONECTAS is actively involved in advocacy, strategic litigation, and use of human rights mechanisms, production and dissemination of knowledge, capacity building of human rights defenders, as well as linking global South GOs/CSOs and other parties committed in the fight for rights. The ...

ASC Visits Soweto LPC

Local Peace Committee reports discontent in community over prepaid meters and the abuse of pensioners through illegitimate eviction orders On the 30th of April ACTION Support Centre visited Soweto Local Peace Committee, which is chaired by Ms. Thandi Sangwani. The Chairperson and her committee welcomed ACTION Support Centre. The aim of the visit was to follow up and strengthen the relationship between ACTION and Soweto LPC, one of several LPCs in Gauteng. Ms. Thandi shared some concerns over ...

Mobaderoon Visit: Delegation of Mobaderoon Peace Activists from Syria visit ACTION

As part of its mission of building a culture of people to people solidarity and a global network of individuals, as well as the commitment to positive action to transform conflict, ACTION hosted delegates of the Mobaderoon Network in South Africa for a series of meetings. Mobaderoon is a Syrian based network of activists working in organizations and associations (Civil society, Private and public sector) contributing to building local social initiatives connected on a national level, sharing ...

ACTION Support Centre Visit to Orange Farm

On the 23/04/2014 ACTION Support Centre visited Orange Farm Local Peace Committee (LPC). Thirteen executive members of Orange Farm LPC welcomed ACTION Support Centre. The aim of the visit was to strengthen the relationship between the ACTION and Orange Farm LPC, and to follow up and assist Orange Farm LPC’s activities. Part of this includes connecting LPCs to local government officials and stakeholders, and other policy makers with regards to their programmes and challenges. The Chairperson ...

Close-Door Briefing on Somali

On the 14 April 2014, Action Support Centre attended a close-door briefing by the Norwegian Special Envoy for Somalia, Mr Jens Mjaugedal, at the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) Pretoria Office in South Africa. Mr Mjaugedal returned from Somalia, where he met with various actors and stakeholders of Somailia’s crisis. He observed that Somalia still faces various challenges, including federalism and the growing threat of Al-Shabaab in Somalia. The Norwegian Special Envoy insisted on a more ...

Syria Workshop

ACTION works with Mobaderoon to provide training for Syrian Peace Activists ACTION facilitated a workshop for the Forum of Development Culture and Dialogue in Lebanon. The workshop brought together a diverse group of youth from across Syria, working in both Government and Opposition controlled areas, and with a wide range of religious and political affiliations. The aim of the workshop was to provide skills and strategies that would support youth to initiate projects in support of dialogue, ...

Thabo Mbeki Foundation: 5th Africa Day Lecture

ASC members attended the 5th Thabo Mbeki Foundation Africa Day Lecture. Hosted by the University of South Africa and the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, the evening event was built around the topic of “Defining a leadership paradigm for a new Africa”. With a welcome from Professor Mandla Makhanya, Vice Chancellor of UNISA, introductory remarks from former President Mbeki and a key note address from His Excellency Salim Ahmed Salim, the event offered a real opportunity to hear and ...