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

Reflecting on the Southern Africa Region’s Different Responses to COVID-19

In the first instalment of Society Talks, the conversation centred on the responses of various governments in the SADC region, just after the announcement of projected COVID-19 numbers in Africa: a million infections,with 300 000 expected fatalities

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The Experiences of Community Foundations Amidst COVID-19 Responses

#COVID19 has impacted Community Foundations who play a major role in meeting the needs of marginalised groups. Society Talks hosts Foundation representatives to share their COVID-19 experiences of and responses to the pandemic.

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The Importance of Disaster Preparedness in a Time of Climate Change

COVID19 reminds us of the criticality of Disaster Preparedness as a means to ensure the impact of disasters & pandemics are kept to a minimum. This Society Talks conversation focused on the need for disaster preparedness, to ensure that the impact of natural disasters and pandemics are kept to a minimum

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Food Security and how Smallholder Farmers are Critical to Community Survival

In its sixth instalment, Society Talks hosted a dialogue centred on smallholder farmers and their role in community survival. The panellists were from South African Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA), Mozambique National Small-Scale Farmers Forum (UNAC), and the Eastern & Southern African Small-Scale Farmers Forum (ESAF).

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Informal Cross Border Trade in Southern Africa and how the Sector will Recover

In the third instalment, Society Talks hosted a conversation that looked at the impact that COVID-19 has had on the small-scale cross border trade. Panellists were from the Malawi Cross Border Traders Association, the Southern Africa Cross Border Traders Association in Zambia, Trade Law Centre, and the Zimbabwe Cross Border Traders Association.

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COVID-19 Economic Relief Packages and the Future of Social Protection

In the second instalment, Society Talks centred on the economic relief responses from government that have been made available to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, while also looking at the gaps in policy and what needs to change in future. 

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