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  • Coordinator position available

    A South African based  civil society initiative with a focus on peace, conflict transformation and development in Africa seeks to recruit a dynamic and highly motivated individual for the position of Coordinator.  The ACTION Support Centre strives to assist and strengthen organisations and individuals working to respond effectively to the deep-rooted social and political conflicts […]
  • Beyond the Nation State: Editorial

      Greetings to our friends and colleagues, “Africa is not a country” it seems we have to keep reminding the world. But as the articles in this issue all show, the idea of integration has been widely deliberated upon for a long time. While this might not mean that Africa will indeed become one country, [...]
  • The United States of Africa?

    By Phillip Nyasha Fungurai Photo by Embassy of Equatorial Guinea on Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0 African integration is an indispensable foundation for collective security, peace and development in Africa. African integration driven at large by the Pan-Africanism concept has been echoed many a times at regional forums across the continent. Political leaders at official symposiums [...]
  • Post Colonial Land Disputes in Africa

    By David Makwerere Photo by mlhradio on Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0 Introduction The dawn of political independence across all of the African countries was greeted with euphoria as this advent of a new governance dispensation was expected to provide the keys to total socio-economic empowerment. However, as events continue to unfold, the social, political and [...]
  • Ian Khama’s Chairmanship of SADC: What should we expect?

    By Gabriel G.G. Malebang Photo by GovernmentZA on Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0 Introduction On the 17th of August 2015 Botswana’s President, Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, assumed the rotational chairmanship of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for a year. President Khama is the son of Botswana’s founding President Sir Seretse Khama, a former [...]
  • Xenophobia: The Nemesis of Regional Integration

    By Edward Chinhanhu It goes without question that South Africa is SADC’s regional economic powerhouse. However, whether the country continues in this position depends on the political leadership. In a paper titled “The Political Economy of Regional Integration in Southern Africa” Soko argues that regional integration in Southern Africa will not succeed unless South Africa [...]
  • Justice sacrificed on the alter of pan-Africanism? The case of South Africa, al-Bashir and the ICC

    By Tendaishe Tlou Photo by Martha Heinemann Bixby on Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0 On the 17th of July 1998, the international community reached an historic milestone when 120 States adopted the Rome Statute, the legal basis for establishing the permanent International Criminal Court. This included South Africa, which had just been just loosened from the [...]
  • ICC Should Excuse Zuma over al-Bashir Arrest

    By Edward Chinhanhu President Zuma at a bilateral meeting with Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir during the Nineteenth (19th) Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union. Photo by GovernmentZA on Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0        So, Jacob Zuma was supposed to arrest Omar al-Bashir and hand him over to the ICC. Seriously? [...]
  • Why are we emigrating?

    By Medhat El-Banna Photo by CAFOD Photo Library on Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Even if you asked an ordinary man to migrate, and promised him a better life and a better salary, the answer could still be "No". This is because of one of the worst features of human beings: inertia. As human beings we [...]
  • China-Africa Cooperation: is it mutually beneficial?

    By Tapiwa Diamond Chadya Photo by stttijn on Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Africa has been riddled with failed economic adjustment plans and massive exploitation by foreign investors. As a result, every investor’s move has been put under the microscope, and of late, China has taken over the discussions. China has been brutally judged based on [...]
  • Religious variations of the golden rule

      Photo by enshadi on Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0 Immanuel Kant’s guiding principle, the criterion for all other ethical maxims, is what he calls the “supreme categorical imperative.” Golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Supreme categorical imperative: “Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the [...]
  • Religion and Conflict: Editorial

      Greetings to our friends and colleagues, Since the dawn of documented history, religion has been used as a driving force both for war and for peace. From the crusades to witch hunts to the war on terror, there are ample cases that depict religious drivers of violence and conflict. But we have also seen [...]
  • Case study: Zanzibar Interfaith Centre

    By Zanzibar Interfaith Centre Introduction Zanzibar Interfaith Centre opened officially in April 2009. It works in collaboration with the Eastern & Coastal Diocese of the Lutheran Church in Tanzania and Danmission, a Danish Mission and Development organization, contributing to the existing interfaith activities in Zanzibar. Since its establishment, the centre has been doing several activities, such [...]
  • Is everyone included in interfaith dialogue?

    By Joshua Heath Statues of Hindu Goddesses. Photo by Nithi Anand on Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Interfaith dialogue: the phrase brings to mind an egalitarian meeting of members of a multitude of faith groups and traditions. You may envision a Rabbi happily engaged in a discussion with a Catholic priest, and a Methodist preacher listening intently to [...]
  • Together we stand: interfaith initiatives to counteract terrorism

    By Philip Fungurai Ground Zero on 9/11. Photo by slagheap on Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0 Terrorism is a very complex concept. Its complexity is clear in the adage “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”. It is against this background and complex dynamics of terrorism that an ecumenical approach will be ideal in setting a common [...]
  • A religion for peace and self- assessment

    By Ahmad Naveed Noormal According to David Rapoport religious extremism is the fourth wave of terrorism that started in 1979, which is close to the Islamic revolution in Iran, the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan, and the storming and occupation of grand mosque in Mecca. Since then, there have been many religious groups involved in terrorism, [...]
  • The fine line between religion and values

    By Edward Chinhanhu Above: Muslim in support of women's rights. Below: military in support of women's rights. Photo by AliMMahmoud94 on Wikipedia CC BY-SA 3.0 Photo by gcmcphotos on Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 There is a strong sense of nostalgia today when we look at how nearly all our mythologies and the works of our philosophers and [...]
  • Beyond religion: spirituality as the bringer of peace?

    By Francine Ingabire Photo by Tony Fischer on Flickr CC BY 2.0 The world is faced with many calamities, some of which are due to natural causes, but many are a result of human actions. We see wars and conflicts that are caused by people fighting due to their differences in culture, religion, political views, etc. [...]
  • In search of common ground: peace teachings from 5 religions

    By Kgalalelo Nganje Many wars and conflicts around the world are attributed to religious factions, mostly owing to the depiction by the media. This is despite the fact that most religions have significant teachings on peace and their followers are largely involved in peacekeeping work. An interrogation of the teachings of these religions reflects the sacredness [...]
  • Similarities or differences… what should we be looking for?

    By Medhat El-Banna Prayer beads are used by religious believers of many faiths, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. Photo by Steve Evans on Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0 For much of history, a key reason for all wars, other than the fight over material wealth, is the recognition that we are different from each other; ethnically different, [...]
  • A force for peace, a force for war: religious dimensions in conflict

    By Nathalie Al-Zyoud Photo by U.S. Embassy Pakistan on Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0 Religion as a unified system of beliefs and practices, is a worldview that incorporates a moral compulsion for action and meaning-making with respect to one's earthly existence. Within a conflict, religion can take on multiple roles that can in essence be broken down [...]
  • 3 Roles Religion Plays in Conflict

    By Steven Leach Photo by Matt Katzenberger on Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 What role does religion play in conflict? Wide ranging assumptions and presumptions rule the conversation. One of the real risks of discussing religion in conflict is that we easily confuse ourselves. Working with religion in conflict and mediation is a complex and contextual task. [...]
  • The puzzle of Nigeria: lessons for understanding religion and conflict

    By Ian Linden Mosque in Nigeria. Photo by Kipp Jones on Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0 There can be few places in Africa that would require a study on religion and conflict other than Nigeria. Nigeria’s population of 175 million experiences perennial tensions at federal, state and local levels between the evenly weighted Christian and Muslim communities. Homegrown [...]
  • Beneath the surface: the drivers of so called religious conflicts

    By David Makwerere Photo by European Commission DG ECHO on Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Is it really religion? It is an agreed fact that Africa is a conflict-prone continent. Over the years, religion has emerged as a major factor in the perpetuation of violent conflict across the continent. Pertinent examples include the conflict between the predominantly [...]
  • A new land

    By Regina Mutiru   Come on brother don’t give me that look Don’t judge me by my black veil It’s just a symbol of my religion, A religion that is for peace And not war Before you start pouring out venom Give me a hearing I am just a refugee Looking for a place to [...]
  • The Voices of the Streets

           Above: 560 of these wooden statues are dotted around the streets in an area called Newtown in Johannesburg, South Africa. The artists wanted to represent the heritage of African diversity in the area, which has been home to people from all over Africa for the last century. Above: In early 2015, Graffiti [...]
  • Migration: A Dreadful Venture

    By Francisca Smiso
  • Solomon’s Story

    By Shireen Mukadam
  • Rainbow Nation

    By Zinhle Dlamini
  • A Stitch in Time Saves Nine: Ridding South Africa of the Xenophobia Monster

    By Anthony Gathambiri A story is told of one community where a big river was flowing from a certain forest. In this river, dead bodies floated and flowed with the river. This community told their pastor that whenever they went to fetch water from the river, they saw floating dead bodies of people who had [...]
  • Keep Them Out or Lock Them Up : Asylum and Migration in Europe Today

    By Bridget Walker   Photo by James Butler on Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 The Mediterranean Sea, which was the cradle of modern European civilisation, has become a vast graveyard. In recent years thousands of men, women and children have been embarking in fragile boats to make the journey from the North African coast to southern [...]
  • Borders and Pastoralists: The Effects of Restricted Movement

    By Fiona Flintan In May this year Kenyan authorities barred the movement of Tanzanian traders from taking livestock and other goods to sell on the Kenyan side of the border. In retaliation residents on the Tanzania side tried to do the same. The state of affairs became so serious with physical violence brewing, that authorities [...]
  • Lessons on Inclusion from an Ancient Pakistani Philosophy

    By Muhammed Feyyaz Photo by BBC World Service on Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0 The resilience of a society is tested under time of trial produced by internal and external pressures. That should not presuppose that all societies respond in identical manner to catastrophes of higher scale and intensity. A few endure far better than others. [...]
  • Africa Arise and Own your Peaceful Heritage, the Legacy of Ubuntu!

    By Tendaishe Tlou Africa has experienced all kinds of socio-economic and political ills as a result of colonialism and demarcation of borders. For the greater part of its history, Africa has been caught in between political and economic challenges that cannot be underestimated. She has remained the hive of political violence, genocides and most recently [...]
  • A Walk Through Time: The past, present and future of the African map

    By Jennifer Pillinger-Melnick We see here the evolution of the African map, right from ancient times where no national borders were mapped out, through the era of colonialism to present day Africa. What will the future map of Africa look like? Will Africa become increasingly subdivided as areas break off into independent states due to [...]
  • Borders are for Human Security, Not Segregation

    By David Makwerere Photo by Aphrodite on Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Introduction The origins of the present day national and international borders on the African continent are directly attributable to the outcomes of the Berlin colonial conference of 1884-85. The colonial masters arbitrarily partitioned the continent as per their colonial ambitions and thus created ethnic dispersions. [...]
  • Harnessing the Power of Social Movements to overcome Boundaries

    By Gershom Kabaso Social movements have the power to break social, political and economic barriers. These movements have the power to advocate for policies and strategies that allow people in and around Africa to move in and out of their countries freely. However, the strategies adopted by social movement groups to influence policies need to [...]
  • From the ground up: Pan-Africanism and freedom of movement

    By Steve Sharra “The forces that unite us are intrinsic and greater than the superimposed influences that keep us apart.” - Kwame Nkrumah - Is there one most important thing that the African Union can do that can have transformative agency in solving Africa’s problems? That question was posed to three leading luminaries of Pan-Africanism [...]
  • Addressing myths and misunderstandings about immigrants and refugees in South Africa

    By Francine Ingabire The ASC talks to Somali shop owners about their experiences in South Africa. The encyclopedia defines migration as movement to another place often by a large group of people or animals and immigration as the movement of people into a country to which they are not natives in order to settle there. [...]
  • Drivers of the refugee crisis: Understanding refugees

    By Philip Fungurai Photo by United Nations Photo on Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 The protracted refugee crisis across the globe has aggravated violent conflict and xenophobia, becoming a breeding ground for terrorism and tribalism, notwithstanding the massive deaths of fleeing refugees seeking a safe haven. Effective and successful resettlement, repatriation and integration of refugees requires [...]
  • Editorial

      Greetings to our friends and colleagues, We are currently witnessing a global trend towards tightening borders and cracking down on immigration. We read stories of families being separated from each other by new policies, and of violent attacks directed at immigrants and refugees. At the same time areas receiving high volumes of immigrants and […]

    Building and Strengthening a Culture of Pan-African People-to-People Solidarity Solidarity Walk and Cultural Festival Say No to Xenophobia, Afrophobia and Criminal Violence #AfricanSolidarityCaravan #AfricaDay #ProudlyAfrican 23 May 2015 Pan Africa Mall (Cnr Watt and 3rd Street) to Alexandra Stadium (9am-4pm) Media Contacts Philani Ndebele, Campaigns Manager, ACTION Support Centre +27 76 942 3565, 27 (0) […]
  • Release of Itai Dzamara

    The Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum-ZSF hosted by the ACTION Support Centre-ASC, and its partners join all progressive forces around the world calling for the Release of Itai Dzamara. Itai is a Zimbabwean journalist who championed the occupy Africa Unity Square initiative in Harare and called for the immediate resignation of Mugabe. He was arrested and beaten [...]

    THE AFRICAN UNION AND THE RENAISSANCE OF AFRICA: Assessing the Role of Civil Society and African People in Deepening and Supporting the AU’s Agenda 2063 04 December 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia By Kassim M. Khamis* Introduction Agenda 2063 is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years. It […]
  • Peace and Human Security Festival

    The ACTION Support Centre in partnership with the Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia is holding a one-day event, bringing together individuals and organisations from Africa, to reflect and discuss on opportunities and challenges we face in Africa. There will be panel presentations from various experts, open interactive discussions, hand over of the Declaration of Solidarity to […]
  • Statement of the Fifth Action Asia Peacebuilders’ Forum

    Statement of the Fifth Action Asia Peacebuilders’ Forum 2014 Nurturing Peacebuilders towards Peaceful and Resilient Communities 4 October, 2014, Yangon, Myanmar We, 65 peacebuilders from nineteen countries across Asia and beyond, gathered in Yangon, Myanmar, from 1st to 4th October 2014 for the fifth Action Asia Peacebuilders’ Forum, and jointly discussed a wide range of […]
  • Facebook Competition Announcement

    Greetings friends and colleagues It is competition time! As we all celebrate the late great Mr. Nelson Mandela, the ACTION Support Centre team would like to get you in on the celebrations. In honour of his inspirational leadership, the ASC will be running a Facebook competition throughout the month of July.
  • I am an African Slave

    Trapped in my skin are my bones I am a prisoner in my own land I am not dead No blade is sharp enough to free me No scream is loud enough to hear me
  • My Africa

    Forgotten, like an undone daffodil – abandoned, like an unloved child – exploited, like an unworthy prostitute – and persecuted, like the unwanted Christ. The story of my people – the hidden glory of my Africa.
  • My Poor Rich Africa

    By Lesego Setou Clothed in wealth, yet dwell in poverty Marred by years of slavery and pain The tears and anger of colonization and apartheid Have penetrated the depth of our souls They have stained our hearts and robbed our hearts of love
  • Join the Caravan and Make a Difference

    The African Solidarity Caravan Building and Deepening a Culture of Pan-African People-to-People Solidarity Reflect, Connect, Strategise, Organise, Mobilise, Transform, Consolidate, Celebrate During May 2014 Africa Week Festival the ACTION Support Centre (ASC) through its initiative the Proudly African Campaign launched the African Solidarity Caravan in Yeoville, South Africa on the 23rd of May 2014. Following […]
  • African Day Celebration and the African Solidarity Caravan Launch Press Release

    African Day Celebration and the African Solidarity Caravan Launch A series of events: All Media Invited 20 May 2014 Public Dialogue: Reflections on 20 years of Democracy in South Africa; Lessons for Struggles Around the Continent, Thursday 22 May Yeoville Recreation Centre, 9am-3pm African Solidarity Caravan Launch: Building and Sustaining the African Renaissance Vision, Friday […]
  • African Solidarity Caravan

    Reflect, Connect, Strategise, Organise, Mobilise, Transform, Consolidate, Celebrate Deepening a culture of Pan-African people-to-people solidarity! 2014 The African Solidarity Caravan seeks to deepen the connections between thought leaders, conflict transformation, peacebuilding and solidarity activists throughout Africa through a series of solidarity events hosted by local networks. These solidarity events will be intent on taking forward […]