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.
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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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.
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.
COVID-19 has been a platform which many young social entrepreneurs have used to practice innovation as a means to make an impact in their communities. Society Talks hosted 3 such individuals as we unpack better understand how #Youth are using innovation for the betterment of all.
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
#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.
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
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).
We are committed to supporting organisations to gain a deeper understanding of the SADC region’s civil society movements, investment needs and policy development.
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