South African CSO Working Group Voluntary National Review Report

The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) proudly contributed to South Africa's second Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the SDGs. We are excited to share this report from the South African CSOs Working Group on SDGs (SAWG), which complements the official VNR by highlighting grassroots voices and key challenges in SDG delivery. This report aims to amplify marginalized communities and promote multi-stakeholder engagement, adhering to the "Leaving No One Behind" principle. CSVR's work on Goal 16 and contributions to Goal 5 are recognized in this report.

17 Jul 2024

The trauma-informed psychological first aid (PFA) toolkit was developed in collaboration with the White Helmet (WH) during a Training of Trainers workshop in December 2023 facilitated by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in partnership with the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth, and Reconciliation (GIJTR). It is designed for use by WH volunteers and staff and can be adjusted for use by other first responders working in conflict context.  A trauma-informed approach to PFA not only looks at the knowledge and skill related to PFA, but also expands to include trauma-informed assumptions and principles about how…

25 Jun 2024

As we reflect on the celebration of International Women's Month in March and motion towards the upcoming 2024 elections, which will be held on 29 May 2024, it is a significant time to critically reflect on Black women's citizenship and positionality in post-apartheid South Africa. Brief history Historically, Black people have experienced second-class citizenry within the social, economic, and political South African landscape. During apartheid, racial division was the primary strategy of 'otherness' that was exampled by racialised citizen status that was reserved for white races, while the Black majority were systemically excluded from the imagination of the state. Equally,…

Lesego Sekhu and Sinqobile Makhathini
25 Jun 2024

In the past decade, the African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) have both adopted policy frameworks on transitional justice (in 2019 and 2015 respectively) and have built experience in supporting national and communal initiatives. The EU on its part has been actively supporting and promoting transitional justice in post-conflict and post-authoritarian environments across the globe, and the two organizations have committed to work more closely together on transitional justice, and to translate this commitment into concrete action plans. In 2020, the African Union Commission designed and developed a Roadmap for the popularization and effective implementation of the AU Transitional…

CSVR, Tim Murithi, Stephan Parmentier and Natascha Zupan
14 Jun 2024

After three decades of democracy, South Africa stands at a crossroads grappling with the interplay between policy aspirations and lived realities of the majority of the black population. The country boasts one of the most progressive constitutions globally because it is based on equality, freedom and justice. Yet the lived realities of its citizens leaves one asking 'what good is a constitution if it cannot be implemented?'. Although policies to address historical injustices and structural inequalities have been developed, implementation has been a challenge  leaving many of the previously disadvantaged populations still disadvantaged, resulting in the county been dubbed the…

Naledi Joyi
12 Jun 2024

April 2024 was the eleventh consecutive month to break heat records. With that news, the world is faced with the reality that global surface temperatures have already surpassed, even if temporarily, 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels – the benchmark agreed on in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Yet, the international climate negotiations continue to stall and the progress made so far on mitigation, adaptation, and loss and damage is inadequate to deal with the severe climate impacts and harms being felt around the world. The climate crisis is not the first time people have had to navigate complex tensions over responsibility…

Jasmina Brankovic and Augustine Njamnshi
29 May 2024
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