African Insider Mediators Platform


  • Support Base for practicing mediators
  • Enhancing national and regional internal mediation capacity
  • Strengthening local ownership

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Proudly African Campaign

The Proudly African Campaign is a CALL TO ACTION to all African people across Africa and around the world to begin to think and act creatively and collectively and finds solutions to Africa’s numerous challenges.

The Campaign seeks to give all Africans, including those in the Diaspora an opportunity to engage in robust and honest debates around Africa’s opportunities and challenges. This also includes debates around Africa’s position in the global socio-economic and political economy and the future Africans seeks for themselves including ideas around Pan-… Read More

Drums of Change

The Drums of Change quarterly newsletter provides a platform for community voices to be heard and invites comments from individuals, network partners and leading thinkers on recent policy discussions and decisions, in an effort to reduce the gap between policy makers and those they affect. The newsletter is circulated widely within South Africa, regionally and through the continent more broadly. Drums seeks to bring thematic areas of focus emerging from our networks to the fore. Read More

Peace, Conflict and Security in the post 2015 Development Agenda

The ACTION Support Centre, in collaboration with Saferworld, hosted a one-day seminar on the 26th of February at the University of the Witwatersrand to discuss peace and security issues in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The seminar brought together a number of prominent people that have worked in the development field, civil society organisations, women’s organisations and academics. Speakers included Robert Parker, the Director of Policy and Communications from Saferworld, Adane Ghebremeskel from SADC Council of NGO’s and Richard Smith from the ACTION Support Centre. Read More

Regional Learning Exchange

The Regional Learning Exchange combined information and discussion workshops focus on key regional issues including strategic sites visits. These exchanges have focused on Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Regional delegates are drawn from Soweto Concerned Residence (SCR)-South Africa, Swaziland Coalition (SCCCO)-Swaziland, Swaziland Young Women’s Network (SYWN)-Swaziland, Youth Initiative for Democracy in Zimbabwe (YIDEZ)-Zimbabwe, PROPAZ-Mozambique, Forum Mulher-Mozambique and Muinda Peace Project in Zimbabwe. Read More

Local Peace Committees

The origins of Local Peace Committees in South Africa date back to a national initiative during the end of apartheid and the transition towards democracy. Most of these structures have however collapsed. Reasons for this vary from structure to structure.

The ASC together with its partnership and grassroots activists, through its initiatives such as the community strengthening capacity building and conflict transformation training workshops, anti-xenophobia schools’ project and the cultural diversity programme, has over the past years, worked on establishing and strengthening Local Peace Committees. Read More

Making all Voices Count

“From Early Warning to Response in Preventing Violence: Transforming Conflict through Citizen Engagement”

The project engages three contexts through partnerships with the Zanzibar Interfaith Centre, People’s Voice for Peace (Gulu, Northern Uganda), and Local Peace Committees in South Africa’s Gauteng Province. The Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies (CPRS) at Coventry….

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South african Somali Women’s Network

The concept of SASOWNET was born out of a perceived lack of wide scale Somali women’s participation within various decision-making and consultative arenas’.

This is attributed to a feeling of marginalization and a lack of confidence to enter a traditionally male-dominated decision-making space. Read More

Swaziland Democracy Campaign

The Swaziland Democracy Campaign is a broad coalition of progressive organisations inside Swaziland and in South Africa united around the demand for multiparty democracy in Swaziland.

It is a campaign born of the organised representatives of the struggling people of Swaziland, always acting in tandem with the momentum inside the country and guided by their political objectives. Read More

Somali Solidarity Campaign

The ACTION Support Centre launched the Somali Solidarity Campaign in October in 2011 as part of a long-term commitment to promote and achieve sustainable peace in the Somali Region.

The Campaign was launched in response to ongoing violence and conflict in the Somali Region, and the ASC’s commitment to promote peace and development. It is through this campaign that support can be mobilised for and solidarity given to the Somali people. Read More

The Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum

The Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum (ZSF) is a network of progressive South African civil society organisations that include youth, women, labour, faith-based, human rights and student formations in South Africa and across the region.

The forum was established in the late 1990s and was consolidated in 2004. Over the past years the network has grown rapidly in size and influence, and the forum has effectively contributed towards greater understanding of the crisis and challenges in Zimbabwe within organisations and within the broader South African and regional communities. Read More