Policy Briefs (34)

Africa and External Actors
(Policy Brief No. 34)

cover polbrief vol34This CCR policy brief is based on a policy research seminar held in Cape Town from 24 to 25 August 2016. The meeting brought together about 30 key scholars, policymakers, and civil society activists, and examined Africa's relations with eight key bilateral actors or blocs and six major multilateral actors, assessing progress made in the continent's efforts to increase its leverage in global politics through engagement with external actors.

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Posted to the Web: 13 December 2016

The Peacebuilding Role of Civil Society in South Sudan
(Policy Brief No. 33)

cover polbrief vol33This CCR policy brief is based on a policy advisory group seminar held in Tshwane (Pretoria) from 11 to 12 December 2015. The meeting brought together about 30 key — mainly South Sudanese — civil society activists and scholars, as well as senior officials from South Africa and major external organisations, including the African Union and the United Nations to reflect critically on the record of, and prospects for, civil society in peacemaking and peacebuilding efforts in South Sudan.

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Posted to the Web: 29 November 2016

War and Peace in the Great Lakes Region
(Policy Brief No. 32)

cover polbrief vol32 This CCR policy brief is based on a policy research seminar held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 19 to 20 March 2016. The meeting brought together about 30 prominent African and Western policymakers, scholars, and civil society activists to assess the major obstacles to peace and security in the Great Lakes, and considered seven broad themes: Security and Governance in the Great Lakes Region; the cases of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); Burundi; Rwanda; and Uganda; as well as the role of the United Nations; and that of the European Union, in the Great Lakes.

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Posted to the Web: 30 September 2016

South Africa in Africa: The Dilemmas of Foreign Policy and Human Rights
(Policy Brief No. 31)

cover polbrief vol31This CCR policy brief is based on two public dialogues in Cape Town on 11 April 2016 on "South Africa in Africa: National Interest Versus Human Rights?", and on 30 June 2016 on "South Africa in Southern Africa: 'Good Governance' Versus Regional Solidarity?" The meetings were hosted by CCR and the Johannesburg-based Foundation for Human Rights (FHR).

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Posted to the Web: 29 September 2016

South Africa, the ICC, and the UN Human Rights Council
(Policy Brief No. 30)

cover polbrief vol30This CCR policy brief is based on two public dialogues in Cape Town on 24 February 2016 on "South Africa and the International Criminal Court (ICC)", and on 31 March 2016 on "South Africa and the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council". The meetings were hosted by CCR and the Johannesburg-based Foundation for Human Rights (FHR).

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Posted to the Web: 2 September 2016

The African Union: Regional and Global Challenges
(Policy Brief No. 29)

cover polbrief vol29This CCR policy brief is based on a policy research seminar held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 27 to 29 April 2016. The meeting was convened with about 30 prominent African, Asian, and Western policymakers, scholars, and civil society actors to reflect critically on the historical mission, progress, problems, and prospects of the African Union in a changing regional and global environment.

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Posted to the Web: 13 July 2016

Region-Building and Peacebuilding in Southern Africa
(Policy Brief No. 28)

cover polbrief vol28This CCR policy brief emanates from a policy advisory group seminar held in Gaborone, Botswana, from 19 to 20 September 2015, hosted by CCR and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) office in Gaborone. The Botswana seminar assessed key issues on region-building and peacebuilding in Southern Africa, while analysing South Africa's leadership role in the sub-region. The seminar was convened with about 30 mostly African policymakers, scholars, and civil society actors. Senior officials participated from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), and from the SADC region and donor governments.

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Posted to the Web: 11 February 2016

The Tensions between Cultural and Constitutional Values: Chapter Nine Institutions and Gender Equality
(Policy Brief No. 27)

cover polbrief vol27This CCR policy brief is based on two public dialogues held in Cape Town, on 12 August 2015 on "The Role of Tradition and Culture: What Has South Africa Achieved in Gender Equality?", and on 8 October 2015 on "The Role of Chapter Nine Institutions: Have They Fulfilled Their Constitutional Mandate?". The meetings were hosted by the Centre for Conflict Resolution, and the Johannesburg-based Foundation for Human Rights (FHR). The South African Constitution is widely regarded as one of the most progressive in the world. Chapter nine of this constitution established institutions to "strengthen constitutional democracy". The Commission for Gender Equality is the main Chapter Nine institution tasked with addressing gender issues, although there are other structures within the executive that together make up South Africa's national gender machinery.

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Posted to the Web:15 December 2015

Constitutional Democracy and the Rule of Law in South Africa
(Policy Brief No. 26)

cover polbrief vol26The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, and the Johannesburg-based Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) hosted two public dialogues in Cape Town on 15 June 2015 on "Democracy and the Rule of Law in South Africa", and on 8 September 2015, on the question: "Is the South African Constitution a Paper Tiger?". As part of its transition to majority rule, South Africa adopted what some have described as one of the world's most progressive constitutions in 1996. This marked the end of an era of "rule by law" in which the law was part and parcel of the oppressive system of apartheid. Despite notable achievements in the last two decades by the African National Congress (ANC) government since 1994 to address the injustices of the past and entrench constitutionalism, gaps remain which if not urgently addressed, could potentially render the constitution a "paper tiger" that is unable to deliver on the country's socio-economic transformation aspirations.

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Posted to the Web: 19 November 2015

Security and Governance in the Great Lakes Region
(Policy Brief No. 25)

cover polbrief vol25In May 2015, the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, brought together 30 mostly African policymakers, academics, and civil society actors to assess the major obstacles to peace, security, and governance in the Great Lakes region and to craft effective and credible policies and strategies to overcome these obstacles. The meeting focused, in particular, on the challenges faced by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); the problems of, and prospects for, stability in Burundi; the roles of Rwanda and Uganda in the region; the influence of regional actors such as South Africa, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the East African Community (EAC), the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), and the African Union (AU); and the role of external actors such as the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU). 

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Posted to the Web: 21 July 2015


Sécurité et Gouvernance dans la Région des Grands Lacs
(Rapport Numéro 25)

cover polbrief vol25Le Centre pour la résolution des conflits (CCR), le Cap, Afrique du Sud, a organisé un séminaire du groupe consultatif en matière de politique, au Cap Occidental, du 9 au 10 Mai 2015. La région des Grands Lacs, — qui consiste principalement du Burundi, de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), du Rwanda, et de l'Ouganda — est non seulement au centre de l'Afrique d'un point de vue géographique, mais également en termes de sécurité et de gouvernance continentales. Le séminaire a rassemblé une trentaine de décideurs, de chercheurs, et d'acteurs de la société civile en majorité africains, pour aborder les principaux obstacles à la paix, la sécurité et la bonne gouvernance dans la région des Grands Lacs. Les participants ont focalisé leur attention sur les crises politiques en cours au Burundi et en RDC, en cherchant également à élaborer des stratégies efficaces et crédibles pour surmonter les obstacles identifiés. 

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Posted to the Web: 9 Mars 2016

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