Amplifying citizen voice: is a case study produced by the Learning Hub that supports DFID’s Africa Regional Empowerment and Accountability Programme. The case study examines how AREAP implementing partners, Afrobarometer, the Southern Africa Trust, the State of the Union Coalition led by Oxfam generate and use evidence to inform the policy making processes of the African Union (AU), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and at national levels. It demonstrates why high quality evidence is important in empowering citizens. The Learning Hub is led by Triple Line Consulting
Heartening progress in expanding access to social security and compensation benefits for ex-miners over the past year was noted at a recent dialogue involving regional government representatives, mineworker organisations and civil society.
While greater economic integration largely depends on the political will of SADC’s member states, innovations in technology are making it easier, safer and more cost effective for ordinary citizens to move money around southern Africa.
The ninth edition of ChangeMudança looks at how women’s empowerment, a growth in tourism and a reduction in the administrative burdens in banking have the potential to alleviate poverty in the region.
New products are paving the way for regional integration. Time spent to start a business has been cut by almost two days in the last year. An international terminal in Victoria Falls is set to boost tourism.
Yet, despite these advancements, women’s economic progress in the region continues to be hampered by high illiteracy rates, restrictive laws, and limited control over productive resources.
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Researchers research. Activists advocate. Media report. But what happens when they collaborate to push for policy change?
Between 2011 and 2015, the Southern Africa Trust supported innovative collaborations between research institutions, advocacy organisations and media outlets towards influencing the development and implementation of public policy in Africa. Led by the Trust’s partner organisations in six countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Malawi and Ghana), the initiative interrogated whether and how such a “model” of partnership could enhance the effectiveness of policy advocacy across the continent. In a newly released report, Partnerships for Pro-Poor Policy Change in Africa, the Trust explores the experiences of its partners in coordinating these collaborative campaigns. Through reflecting on both what worked, and what didn’t, the findings offer advice on what should be considered when building partnerships, specifically between research, advocacy and the media. Also referenced are supplementary partnerships developed through the initiative, such as with groups of those directly affected (policy beneficiaries), policy makers and the private sector.
Reviews of the Report
This report is a valuable ‘primer’ and resource for the concentrated efforts needed to increase the quality and quantity of interlocutors that are needed if the sustainable development goals are to reach anywhere near their ambitious objectives for (poor) people and planet.
Professor Alan Fowler – International Institute for Social Studies | Read Prof. Alan Fowler’s full review of the report
The uniqueness of the Linkages approach from a reflective learning perspective is the discipline and the extent to which practitioners provided detailed narratives on the processes, challenges and lessons learnt in working through a strategic collaborative prism for collective policy change within a complicated and politically messy and diverse national policy making environment.
Wole Olaleye – Independent Researcher and Development Practitioner | Read Wole Olaleye’s full review of the report
Donors and practitioners should build on the lessons learned through this initiative…
Sebastian Bloching – European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) | Read EPD’s full review of the report
The African Grant Makers Network (AGN) and the Southern Africa Trust are excited to publish this report which covers not just the legislative environment for philanthropy in Africa but begins in many ways to paint a complete picture of the space that philanthropy occupies. There are many birds in the sky as Tade Aina-a renowned scholar and philanthropy expert once remarked in an African Grant Makers Affinity Group (AGAG) Retreat in 2013. But how these birds are regulated or regulate themselves in the sky while flying still remains a very fuzzy and unclear terrain. How they are also affected by existing regulations, policies or systems also remains undocumented and at worst unknown.
This report – looking at seven countries (Angola, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa) – gives a detailed picture. And as expected, the countries studied are different in terms of culture, history, politics, legal regimes, economic development, identity formation and traditions of philanthropy among others. Yet they all have a culture of giving and all possess resources that can be harnessed for sustainable development, particularly in the era of the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. The report manages to profile these counties and contextualise philanthropy both in its practice and theorisation.
Philanthropy – the practice of giving – continues to play an important role on the African continent, but it is not and has never been an untainted benefit; there is a complex web of feedbacks and interactions between the exploitation of natural resources in which many African countries are rich, and which are a source of revenue, direct or indirect, that supports philanthropic activities; the tax regime that might include tax incentives aimed at encouraging or rewarding philanthropy; and the illicit flow of funds which robs African countries and peoples of resources and has been called ‘plunder’ by many experts.
The Southern Africa Trust (The Trust) in collaboration with the Southern Africa Miners Association (SAMA) with support from the Ford Foundation and Department for International Development (DFID) convened a regional dialogue, which was a follow up to the workshop that was convened in 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa.
The Southern Africa Trust and TrustAfrica commissioned three research papers for the Philanthropy and Development in Southern Africa series on: Philanthropy and Resource Governance (Shauna Mottiar); Illicit Flows and Tax (Khadija Sharife); Illicit Flows and the Potential and Policy Required to Change Economic Structures (Sarah Bracking). The papers focus on the contemporary and enduring problem of economic injustice in Africa in the context of huge and increasing outflows of illegally transferred wealth. They also explore illicit financial flows as both the cause and consequence of malign structures of political economy, and then ask what philanthropists can best do about the agenda of illicit flows and economic justice.
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Directory of Agencies and Procedures
This multilingual brochure provides details on entitlements and procedures for claiming benefits and can be used by active mineworkers, ex-mineworkers and their dependents or legal representative.
Former mineworkers continue to experience challenges with regards to accessing accurate information on the institutions and procedures to claim their compensation and social security benefits. The relevant financial institutions have also faced difficulties in tracing beneficiaries. It is envisaged that this brochure will help to overcome this challenge and facilitate increased disbursement of the billions in the unclaimed compensation funds for occupational disease and injury, as well as social security benefits.
The narrative of Africa rising has suffered a setback due to the outbreak of Ebola in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea in March this year, in which almost 9 000 people have died by the end of January.