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Discussion documents for the African National Congress (ANC) National General Council (NGC) to be held from 9-12 October 2015. The ANC website reports that it is expected to unpack amongst others, how society can participate in reviewing and fine tuning ANC policies. Comment on the documents on the ANC website here

ICT4griculture refers to the interaction between ICT and agriculture. It describes an emerging field focused on the enhancement of sustainable agriculture, food security, livestock production and rural development through improved information and communication processes. More specifically, ICT4Agriculture involves the conceptualisation, design, development, evaluation and application of innovative ways to use ICTs in the rural domain, with a primary focus on agriculture.The National ICT RDI Roadmap recognises that ICT can support enhanced agricultural production, principally by rendering support to emerging commercial farmers to improve their contribution towards increased food security and agricultural exports, as well as to mitigate environmental impact. This seminar is taking place on 28 September 2015 and is aimed at researchers, policymakers, practitioners.To register for the seminar submit the attached registration form to Ms. Carolina Roscigno  (Email  Fax 086 657 4835) or Ms.Lydia Flusk (Email  Fax 086 657 4835).

To contribute toward meeting global challenges around nutrition, the Global Nutrition Report seeks to monitor progress, accelerate nutrition action, and enhance accountability. Specifically, the report shows that if we are to build on existing successes certain key actions are necessary. Momentum for nutrition improvement is growing stronger at global and national levels. This commitment must be locked in for the future, multiplied exponentially, and converted into roal orientated activities.  declines. The Global Nutrition Report 2015 is driven by this imperative. The data and analysis in the report lead to six key messages and ten calls to action. Note supplementary online materials at the beginning of the report including indicators from UN member countries

The theme of the seminar was to address one of the World Social Science Forum's (WSSF) key areas of concern, and to cut across many disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. Discussions on terrorism and new militarism at the seminar include among thers, terrorist and counter terrorist attacks, state sponsored terrorism, terrorism against civilians, state violence against nascent popular democracy movements, human rights violations, etc. Therefore the aims of this seminar were to: 

  • To draw attention to the WSSF and its core theme, Transforming global relations for a just world, and to expand the WSSF’s impact, given the event’s exclusivity and limitations of access.
  • To provide an avenue for academic researchers and especially postgraduate students, including those from rural-based universities, to engage in discussions and   exchange knowledge across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.
  • To present and discuss new and ongoing research and suggest new research agendas in SSH with a view of forging closer links between the research communities in these fields.
  • To  disseminate research findings and transmit a body of new knowledge through interactive dialogue between top level experts in the field, academics,   postgraduate students and members of civil society.
  • To  promote interdisciplinary research and enhance wider public understanding of and interest in the social sciences, including the value and status of both   individual and team-based research.
  • To  facilitate networking, the exchange of information, and an exhibition of  scholarly materials and publications

Presentations and the seminar programme can be downloaded above.

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This concept note from the Parliament of Kenya proposes the formation of the Parliamentary Caucus on Evidence-Informed Oversight and Decision-making, an informal network whose membership will comprise of members of both the National Assembly and the Senate who are committed to promoting responsible governance through evidence-informed oversight. The Caucus is unique in terms of its goal and expected deliverables as it aims to provide a structured platform to enable parliamentarians share experiences and work together to promote an evidence-informed culture in their work.

This seminar on rural democracy in the Eastern Cape aimed to provide a forum for the various stakeholders to engage constructively on pertinent questions related to the issues of traditional leadership, democracy, and land, and the policy implications these possibly have. Using the case of the Xhalanga District and the role that research played in the court judgement mentioned above, issues that could possibly be addressed include the following:

  • What are the policy implications of the court judgement, especially given the fact that there are already in office headmen who were not elected; what becomes of these headmen?
  • If headmen are elected, what become of municipal councillors who are also elected?
  • Are we heading for a situation of "two bulls in one kraal", if so, how do we deal with the spill over that result from this?

The first of two related Human and Social Dynamics (HSD) seminar series convened by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).The seminar brought together stakeholders in the rural local government and land sector, which include among others, academics and researchers, representatives from government departments such as the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, non-governmental organisations, local government entities such as the Rural Democratisation Task Team in the Sakhisizwe Local Municipality, rural social movements such as Zingisa  Education and Development Organisation (Amathole District Municipality), Masifunde Education and Development Organisation (Ndlambe municipal area), the  Amadiba Crisis Committee (Mbizana area), as well as representatives from the Congress of Traditional Leadership of South Africa (CONTRALESA). Presentations to be loaded as the conference proceeds.

ANC discussion documents 2015

The African National Congress (ANC) will hold its 4th National General Council (NGC) from 9th to 12th October 2015. This NGC, like the three preceeding it, is convened in fulfillment of the resolution taken at the ANC's 50th National Conference in Mahikeng in 1997, which directed that the organisation should hold a General Council mid-term its 5 year conference cycle. The discussion document can be downloaded above. The following policy areas are prioritised in the document: 1.Balance of Forces 2.Economic Transformation 3.Education and Health 4.Legislature and Governance 5.Social Transformation 6.The battle of ideas, media transformation & diversity, and accelerating digital future. 7.Peace and Stability 8.International Relations 9.Rural development and Land Reform


Status of women in SA economy

This is the first government report on the Status of Women in the SA economy, since the Ministry in the Presidency Responsible for Women was established in May 2014, and serves as a baseline document for the work to promote the socio-economic empowerment of women and gender equality. This report articulates the current situation, while providing insight into some of the trends that are discernible in the data on women in the South African economy. It provides a step towards building a reliable knowledge base and disaggregated data that will inform women's socieo-economic empowerment, and the advancement of gender equality in the country. The Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women commissioned the Development Policy Research Unit to develop the report on the status of women in the South African economy in March 2015.

On 14th August 2015, the Child Allowance Webinar Series will commence with a webinar dedicated to South Africa’s Child Support Grant. The webinar is supported by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (the IPC-IG/UNDP) and UNICEF and hosted by The purpose of the Child Allowance Webinar Series is to present a variety of child allowance experiences including that of South Africa and Uruguay. Each country will have a dedicated webinar.

The webinar on Friday will showcase the experience of South Africa’s Child Support Grant. Alejandro Grinspun from UNICEF South Africa will moderate the event, which will be open to questions and comments from the audience – both during the webinar and in the weeks thereafter, as part of the platform’s online community. For further details about the platform and this specific CSG webinar, you should visit: and