Policy

South Africa's National Youth Policy (NYP) 2020–2030 (DWYPD, 2020) represents the country's third attempt to outline actions that can or should be taken, by government and other stakeholders, to facilitate youth development at local and national levels. Meaningful youth inclusion and participation represents a central value within this policy. This emphasis on inclusion aligns with the Constitution of South Africa, where public participation in governance is enshrined as a constitutional imperative. Recognising this emphasis on youth inclusion, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) engaged with a key representative within the Department of Women, Youth and People…

CSVR
01 Nov 2022

This policy brief develops from research carried out by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR, South Africa) and the Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies (CHRIPS, Kenya). Known as the Youth Inclusion for Violence Prevention Project, this research investigated the role of socio-economic and livelihood support programmes in promoting youth social and economic inclusion and preventing violence. A key finding of the research highlighted how such programmes continue to follow a top-down approach, where youth are either merely viewed as beneficiaries or not meaningfully involved in
conceptualising, implementing, evaluating and revising such programmes. A discussion around the
value of greater youth inclusion is supplemented with examples of how youth may have been more
meaningfully included in South Africa's Community Work Programme (CWP) as well as Kenya's Youth
Employment Opportunities Project (KYEOP). The brief concludes with recommendations relevant to youth
inclusion in these as well as other socio-economic and livelihood support programmes.

CSVR
01 Nov 2022

A newsletter that contains three articles from members then gives updates from member organisations on recent activities. These insightful writings cover topics focusing on discriminatory torture of LGBTIQ+ persons which highlights the Azul case and work on protection of marginalised persons from violence. In addition to this the critical role of independent policing oversight bodies in enhancing police accountability is highlighted.

CSVR
01 Nov 2022

The report provides a brief description of the events in Marikana against the backdrop of the history of mining in apartheid South Africa and the subsequent transition to democracy. It unpacks the various initiatives undertaken in response to the massacre, focusing particularly on the measures to address the needs of injured and arrested mineworkers as well as the families of those who were killed. In seeking to unpack corporate accountability and corporate responses, the report focuses particular attention on the initiatives undertaken by the mining company (Lonmin and later Sibanye) in addressing victim and community needs in the wake of the massacre. The report seeks to understand the various perspectives of different stakeholders on these initiatives, and the opportunities and challenges faced in taking these processes forward.

CSVR
01 Nov 2022

On 20–22 October 2021, the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) of the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) hosted the Fifth African Transitional Justice Forum. The Forum explored a number of issues raised by the increasing unrest, violence and democratic deficits in Africa, which the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated. Based on in-depth discussions, the Forum proceedings offer recommendations for revitalising traditional justice mechanisms as mainstream transitional justice measures, as well as applying a gender lens to transitional justice processes while addressing sexual and gender-based violence against women and…

Jasmina Brankovic
02 Sep 2022

The report provides a brief description of the events in Marikana against the backdrop of the history of mining in apartheid South Africa and the subsequent transition to democracy. It unpacks the various initiatives undertaken in response to the massacre, focusing particularly on the measures to address the needs of injured and arrested mineworkers as well as the families of those who were killed. In seeking to unpack corporate accountability and corporate responses, the report focuses particular attention on the initiatives undertaken by the mining company (Lonmin and later Sibanye) in addressing victim and community needs in the wake of the massacre. The report seeks to understand the various perspectives of different stakeholders on these initiatives, and the opportunities and challenges faced in taking these processes forward.

CSVR
06 Jul 2022
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