Society Talks

Society Talks strengthens the voice and agency of marginalised communities in SADC

This weekly webinar series responds to the urgent need to connect communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Society Talks aims to inform, engage and share experiences with the broader society within the focus areas of the Southern Africa Trust.

The webinars stream live every Wednesday at 16h00 Central African time (GMT +2) via our YouTube channel. Be part of the conversation by posting questions and comments on the chat function during a live stream. Grow the community by liking, sharing and leaving a comment on the page.

Society Talks unites participants, affected communities, and stakeholders to engage in progressive dialogue to inform responsive solutions

Topics of discussion are facilitated in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Southern Africa region.

Society Talks topics include:
- Economic relief and social protection
- Climate Justice and Disaster Preparedness
- The role of Youth in civil society
- Food Security and Smallholder Agriculture
- Regional Informal Cross Border Trade

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Engaging communities across Africa

Recent Society Talks webinars have hosted panelists from organisations such as:
- Amnesty International
- Southern Africa Youth Forum (SAYOF)
- African Leadership University (ALU)
- Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF)
- União Nacional de Camponeses (UNAC) Mozambique
- Southern Africa Rural Women Assembly (RWA) 
- Southern Africa Cross Border Traders Association (SACBTA)

As the platform extends its impact, we have collaborated with the Graça Machel Trust, the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) and the Center on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) to host a monthly webinar which unpacks issues affecting marginalised communities from a leadership perspective.

Our Society Talks

Lessons and Reflections of how Regional Organisations should enable Civil Society

In the 17th instalment of Society Talks, the conversation reflected some of the lessons learned during the pandemic and the recommendations from partners of the Trust.

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The Private Sector, Agriculture and the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the 16th instalment, of Society Talks, the conversation focused on the increased pressure on food security in Southern Africa, exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic, especially for smallholder farmers, rural and vulnerable groups.

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Unclaimed Social Security Benefits and Impact of COVID-19 on Migrant Mine Workers

In the 15th instalment, the conversation focused on the challenges of migrant mine workers during the pandemic, specifically their inability to claim owed social security benefits, and their existing comorbidities that expose them to higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Impact on SADC Food Systems, Smallholder Agriculture and Policy Options

In the thirteenth instalment of Society Talks, the conversation focused on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on women farmers in Africa, as well as looking at the challenges faced by smallholder farmers.

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Rethinking the Social and Economic Order for the Future – A Feminist Perspective

In the twelfth instalment of Society Talks, the conversation centred on a feminist view of social inclusion, post-pandemic – a time for inspirational leadership that sustains the energy gained during the pandemic.

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Supporting Indigenous Communities in Africa Beyond COVID-19

In the eleventh instalment, the discussion looked at the disproportionate affect that the pandemic has had on indigenous communities, which has magnified structural inequalities and discrimination – and how critical long-term solutions are needed post-COVID.

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