Human Development as a Pathway to Transformed and Peaceful Societies

In May, Inclusive Economies launched the second of its country-focused publications that investigates the links between human development and peace. With a focus on Zimbabwe, the research found inextricable links between governance, human development, and social cohesion. At the time of its independence, optimism abounded about Zimbabwe’s potential to become [...]

By |Jul 4th, 2022|Categories: Newsletter|

Most South Africans prefer a closed economy, according to new Afrobarometer dispatch

A small majority of South Africans would prefer limitations on cross-border movement in the region, according to a new dispatch from Afrobarometer. Overall, many South Africans express a preference for a self-reliant economy, limiting the influence of international donors or financial institutions, and minimising the role of cross-border trade. The [...]

By |Jul 4th, 2022|Categories: Newsletter|

Eswatini – A Call for Inclusive Dialogue for Peace, Justice and Reconciliation

Cape Town, Tuesday, 26 April 2022 – Eswatini celebrates the Kingdom’s National Flag Day on 25 April every year. The day commemorates the anniversary of the national flag that was first hoisted in 1967, ahead of Independence in 1968. While there was so much hope and enthusiasm when the national flag was first hoisted, we note that the country is facing critical socio-economic and political challenges that threaten the basic freedoms and livelihoods of the majority of the citizens, including women, children and the vulnerable in society. 

By |Apr 26th, 2022|Categories: News, Press Releases|

Reflection by IJR ambassador

My name is Christopher Tarentaal and I am from the community of Calitzdorp. I am also an ambassador for IJR. There are a lot of social issues in my community, like alcohol and drug misuse, GBV, racism, economic inequality, etc. One of the things that disturb my soul is that our rural community is always left behind and our youth suffer the greatest consequences of the unemployment rate and lack of opportunity. As young adults we also face the aftermath of the apartheid system that placed us in a disadvantage position. This led to several crimes and social issues like, if we don’t have we will want to steal or break in just to have and to survive. Talking about survival and rural communities, people of colour live in a constant survival mode. We don’t have wealth or land to have a constant flow of income. In Calitzdorp the facilities are either out of order or it is under construction. We don’t even have an internet café to use the internet to our advantage and all of this issues fuel the issue of mental health problems. We, also, have a high rate of a lack of father and mother figures, and healthy families where we can have open relationships to talk about anything in life.

By |Mar 29th, 2022|Categories: Newsletter|

A site of Historical Trauma: Castle of Good Hope, A ‘Silent Witness’

The history of South Africa entails colonial and apartheid era violence and trauma (visible and invisible) which ingrained various socio-economic-political-agrarian orders of brutalisation, mass killings, and the displacement of local people from their culture, language, land, agency, and spirituality. Attached to such history, are the intact remnants of the colonial and apartheid eras – national heritage monuments.  The Castle of Good Hope (hereafter the Castle), as a national heritage site, is not limited as being the oldest architectural structure erected in 1666 in Cape Town, nor is it only a transitioning site that tries to incorporate democratic principles of multiple heritage. This site, as a ‘silent witness’, wields memories of both individual and collective historical colonial and apartheid trauma. Thus, it is navigated by resilient apartheid survivors - descendants of the colonised, enslaved, and oppressed generations - as a site of historical trauma.

By |Mar 29th, 2022|Categories: Newsletter|

Africans still face a persistent digital divide, and the false information is rife on social media

There has been an increase in the amount of news being sourced from digital platforms such as the internet and social media in Africa. According to the latest analysis from Afrobarometer, Conroy-Krutz and Kone (2022) found Afrobarometer data indeed highlight these digital divides. The privileged still get more from these platforms than the underrepresented. However, there is an increase underrepresented groups enjoying more access to digital media.

By |Mar 29th, 2022|Categories: Newsletter|

Youth Identity project: Report back

Throughout apartheid and into democracy, violence has been a prevalent feature of community life and contributed toward high levels of psychological distress and aggression. Not only overt and physical violence, this, also, includes structural and institutional violence, in the form of forced dislocation, lack of opportunities, and inhibitions to upward mobility for persons of colour.

By |Mar 29th, 2022|Categories: Newsletter|

Afrophobic violence

This year’s Anti-Racism week comes at a pivotal moment for South Africa and the world. As global and local current events have shown, there is an urgent need to radically disrupt and dismantle racial injustice, anti-blackness, afrophobia and the various global power structures that entrench violence and inequity.

By |Mar 29th, 2022|Categories: Newsletter|
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