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Meeting of the Southern Africa Convening on Resource Justice


PHILANTHROPY AND EXTRACTIVES - 23 October 2014 - Johnlyn van Reenen

Purpose was to deepen the discourse on African philanthroy and resource justice, including;

1. exploring the intersection between African philanthropy andillicit fincancial flows

2. critically analyse the nexus between the extractive industries and tax justice

3.intorogate natural resource governance priority issues for African philanthropy

For more information contact Adv Johnlyn va Reenen at Economic Justice Network.


People’s Summit - Reclaiming SADC for People’s Development and Solidarity

The People’s Summit will soon be hosted in Lilongwe, Malawi from the 16th to 17th August 2013. The summit held under the theme: “Reclaiming SADC for People’s Development and Solidarity: Ensuring Our Natural Resources Benefit the People NOT Elites and MNC”. This theme points to the area of emphasis for the summit which is the extractive sector. It is premised on the paradox that southern Africa continues to face poverty despite increasing discovery and exploitation of minerals, oil, timber and other extractives. For more info about the event and the Southern Africa People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN) click here .


Joint Mobilization by Civil Society for the defence of resources and against the privatization of the land

At a time when the debate over resources and land worsens in Mozambique, more than 30 civil society organizations commit to the increment of joint actions and extending their articulation in the defence of natural resources and against the privatization of land. Peasant movements, men and women, feminists, students, human rights activists, environmentalists, labour unionists and workers, fishermen and communities affected by the impacts of large investments, consider the  land  and natural resources issue, and its defence, to be crucial. These organizations will launch a nationwide campaign against the privatization of land, theft and looting of all natural resources in Mozambique. Read more.


Church Statement on 2013 ZimElections

The Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) recently hosted an Ecumenical Observation Mission in Zimbabwe to observe the country’s elections held on 31st July 2013. This was preceded by a pre-election Ecumenical Pastoral visit by the same team in early July 2013.  The mission comprised thirty (30) observers from the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA) supported by one thousand one hundred (1100) local observers under the auspices of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC). Please click here for the interim statement.


Zimbabwe Manicaland and Midlands Provincial Alternative Mining Indabas

Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) recently hosted the inaugural Zimbabwe Provincial Alternative Mining Indabas (PAMIs) in Manicaland and Midlands on the 24th -25th of March 2013 and 9th – 10th of May 2013 respectively. The two were held under the theme “Making Mining Responsive to Community needs”. The objective of convening these indabas was to provide an open platform for communities affected by mining operations to discuss the impacts of mining on livelihoods, human rights and environmental sustainability and come up with workable strategies and solutions that will result in their rights being respected by government and mining companies. The discussions and deliberations during the PAMI enabled communities to share experiences and strategies on how to demand for the respect of their rights by government and mining companies. The other result was the identification of key legal and policy gaps that should be addressed by government. Read the full report here .


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