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News Release: Afrobarometer hosts summer school in Pretoria for next generation of African researchers

News Release 10 November 2022 Afrobarometer hosts summer school in Pretoria for the next generation of African researchers In partnership with Future Africa at the University of Pretoria, Afrobarometer has launched its latest English-language summer school aimed at equipping African scholars with solid skills to analyse citizens’ socio-economic and political concerns. The free training program, running in November 2022 [...]

Nov 14th, 2022|

Press Release: Afrobarometer Chair E. Gyimah-Boadi leads delegation to Washington for high-level engagements

An Afrobarometer delegation, including Board Chair E. Gyimah-Boadi, CEO Joseph Asunka, Director of Analysis Carolyn Logan, and Chief Operating Officer Felix Biga is in Washington, D.C., this week for a series of high-level engagements. In partnership with the U.S. Institute of Peace, the delegation will meet Tuesday with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for a briefing session on Afrobarometer findings on governance, democracy, climate change, health, COVID-19, and poverty. Meetings with the U.S. State Department and the Center for Strategic and International Studies are scheduled on Wednesday.

Oct 27th, 2022|

Press Release: Data for Governance Alliance wraps up pan-African CSOs capacity-building workshop on accessing and using data for advocacy

Press Release 24 October 2022 Data for Governance Alliance wraps up pan-African CSOs capacity-building workshop on accessing and using data for advocacy “Unused data is useless, so let us make data useful,” Professor Winnie Mitullah, Afrobarometer core partner Director for East Africa, urged at the Data for Governance Alliance capacity-building workshop for pan-African Civil Society Organizations (CSO). The five-day [...]

Oct 24th, 2022|

Prof Cheryl Hendricks: Remarks at the Data for Governance Alliance Southern Africa Convening

Southern African edition of the stakeholder engagement on governance, democracy, and human rights in Africa, Cape Town 6 October 2022 Prof. Cheryl Hendricks Distinguished Guests, Representatives of the African Union, Representatives of the Data for Governance Alliance, Representatives of Civil Society, Colleagues, good afternoon. Apologies that I have not been able to be here with you over the last [...]

Oct 7th, 2022|

UN Security Council Failure to Mediate in the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

The conscription of additional 300,000 troops in Russia, by Vladimir Putin, is a sign that he is digging in his heels and hunkering down for the long-haul in the Ukraine conflict, which was launched by a Russian invasion on 24th February 2022. Despite the escalation of violence and the endless supply of weapons from the West, mainly the US and Western European countries, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has failed dramatically to act on de-escalating the crisis, which indicates that it is no longer a useful institution when it comes to making peace in the twenty-first century. There is a clear case for dismantling the UN Security Council and establishing a new global collective security system.

Sep 30th, 2022|

Vertical and horizontal tensions stretching South Africa’s Social Fabric

Nearly three decades since South Africa’s democratic transition in 1994, the country remains deeply fragmented. Its political transition has not been matched by a similar transition in the creation of an inclusive post-apartheid economy and, as a result, the continued reproduction of racialised wealth distribution patterns renders the country vulnerable in terms of the sustainability of its political system.

Sep 28th, 2022|

In the Field with Sustained Dialogues (SD)

Greetings from Calitzdorp in the Western Cape, the heart of the Karoo. I’m Eslin Arendse an ambassador for the IJR, did my ambassador training and a facilitation course in May earlier this year I’m very honoured to have been elected as an ambassador the reason I said yes to do the training is because I’m very passionate about community work and the development and prosperity of my community and also like to work with people as I’m also a football coach and chairperson of youth organization. It was important for me to gain more knowledge and influence change and to learn new things up and till now it’s been an amazing journey working with IJR, it has been very educational. I learned a lot about social justice peace building, conflict resolution, reconciliation, anti-racism and gender, fundraising, advocacy and activism we also were sponsored with food gardens by IJR (Social change model) and (Youth Identity) project in August. We firstly did socio economic workshop and dialogue about food security and food sovereignty and how to grow and sustained gardens and the importance of planting organic food and contributing towards a greener environment the project was a pilot project so the whole idea is to encourage more people to plant food to bring self- sustainment and to combat hunger also boost food security and food sovereignty.

Sep 28th, 2022|

Addressing Racism in South African Schools: 7 Action Points from IJR’s Anti-Racism Desk

Every other month or so, we wake to news of yet another racist incident in one of South Africa’s schools. What happens next follows a similar script: the school in question responds once faced with pressure from a) those who experience racism within the community, b) external outrage from social media and mainstream media, and that’s only if they respond at all. Schools shouldn’t wait for a racist incident to happen to be engaging with the realities racism in a post-apartheid society. In fact, all schools in South Africa ought to actively engage in anti-racism education and deliberate efforts to create a school culture that is safe, just and equitable.

Sep 28th, 2022|

Changing the World One Child at a Time: The Youth Identity Project Leaders with the Youth of Calitzdorp

Recently, the Youth Identity project travelled to Calitzdorp to complete the last of its four-part dialogue series with young people in the area. The conversations, that took off last year, focused on Coloured* youth perceptions of belonging, exclusion, and dignity in the community. As facilitators, we asked young people questions, such as, “Do you feel you belong here? What are the stereotypes that are held against young people who look like you? Do you feel that young people in Calitzdorp have a future?” The answers we received were overwhelmingly bleak. Young people reported back on experiences of exclusion, non-belonging, and other social injustices. They were candid about the effects of these injustices on them as individuals and the community that they were a part of, but felt they did not belong to.

Sep 28th, 2022|

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Afrobarometer Dispatch No. 519
Afrobarometer Dispatch No. 519

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 South African Reconciliation Barometers Survey: 2021 Report
South African Reconciliation Barometers Survey: 2021 Report

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Afrobarometer Dispatch No. 474

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Afrobarometer Dispatch No. 467

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Brave Conversations: A Guide for Inclusive Anti-Racism Dialogue

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No peace without peace of mind: The impact of violent conflict on individuals and society

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Civil Society Participation in Peacemaking and Mediation Support in the APSA

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