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  • Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 12:30

    The HSRC Seminar Series in collaboration with the University of Botswana

    Presenter: Dr Maude Dikobe Senior Lecturer, English Department (African Diaspora Studies), University of Botswana

    "Violence against women both violates and impairs or nullifies the enjoyment by women of their human rights and fundamental freedoms... In all societies, to a greater or lesser degree, women and girls are subjected to physical, sexual and psychological abuse that cuts across lines of income, class and culture."

    —Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, paragraph 112

    Although Botswana has made some milestones with regards to health, education and democracy, it is still haunted by the spectre of gender based violence.  According to the study on Gender Based Violence Indicators in Botswana conducted in 2012, by Women’s Affairs Department in collaboration with Gender Links, “[O]ver two thirds of women in Botswana (67%) have experienced some form of gender violence in their life time including partner and non-partner violence. As smaller but high proportion of men (44%) admits to perpetuating violence against women”. 

    These data suggests that understanding the gendered nature of violence in Botswana is essential in finding ways to address and reduce this crime which the former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae called, “A festering sore on the conscience of the nation”. In that light, the seminar aims to use research findings as well as anecdotal examples to unpack the different types of gender based violence in Botswana by highlighting causes, consequences and share some of the interventions that have been put into place to combat and prevent gender based violence. 

    In conclusion, the seminar will invite the participants to  reflect on whether Botswana is doing enough of the right interventions by sharing  best practices and some of the challenges that still remain in addressing gender based violence in their respective countries and communities since gender based violence is a global pandemic.

    Kindly RSVP by 30 September 2013

    This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details as below.

    Cape Town: HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or [email protected]

    Durban: First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or [email protected]

    Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: [email protected]


  • South Africa boasts a constitutional democracy founded on a dual yet complimentary approach to governance. The first pillar involves elected representative governance and the second, participatory democracy. Each is constitutionally entrenched yet neither can operate in isolation. The dualism should ideally manifest as a harmonious continuum where we, the people, are not only able to elect our representatives but equally to inform, lobby and interact with them – and allied officials and bureaucrats - during their terms in office.
  • Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 10:00

    Presenter: Dr Arup Banerji, Global Director for Social Protection and Labor, World Bank

    Discussant: Dr Zitha Mokomane, Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation programme,

    HSRC Chair: Dr Temba Masilela, Deputy CEO Research, HSRC

    Dr. Arup Banerji is the World Bank’s global Director for Social Protection and Labor, overseeing the World Bank’s strategy and knowledge work on labor markets, social safety nets, pensions and disability issues.

    In his career at the World Bank, he has worked on both research and operations in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East – on a variety of issues relating to employment and labor markets, social protection systems, social sector reforms, poverty reduction, institutions, public sector reform and governance, economic growth strategies and evaluation of programs.

    He is a principal author of books including the forthcoming Working through the Crisis on labor market policy responses during the 2009-2011 crises; From Red to Gray on aging populations in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; Enhancing Job Opportunities in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; World Development Report 2002 on the role of institutions in global economic development; Better Governance for Development in the Middle East and North Africa; World Development Report 1995 on labor markets; and numerous other refereed journal articles and discussion papers. Most recently, he authored Resilience, Equity and Opportunity, the World Bank's 2012-2022 strategy on social protection and labor issues, and oversaw the World Bank's World Development Report 2013 on jobs.

    He is a research fellow at the Institute for Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn, Germany, and a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Council on Youth Unemployment. He also co-chairs the global Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board and the Youth Employment Network. Prior to joining the World Bank, he taught at the Center for Development Economics at Williams College, Massachusetts, USA, where he was the Director of Graduate Studies, and at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Delhi, India.

    Dr Zitha Mokomane is a senior research specialist in the Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation programme. She holds an MA and PhD in demography, both at the Australian National University. Before joining the HSRC in April 2007, she was a senior lecturer in the Department of Population Studies at the University of Botswana. She has also consulted for a number of governments and national and international organisations on various social and demographic issues. Her areas of research interest include: work-family interface, social policy analysis (with special emphasis on social protection), family demography, and HIV and AIDS operations and evaluation research. Dr Mokomane's publication record spans the authoring and co-authoring of more than 30 journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations. Her most recent work, published in Child & Family Social Work, investigated the trends and patterns of adoption in South Africa.

    Kindly RSVP by 30 September 2013

    Cape Town: HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or [email protected]

    Durban: First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or [email protected]

    Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: [email protected]

     

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 12:30

    Inequality is increasingly regarded as a key driver of social problems in South Africa. However, at the present time, little empirical work exists that can validate this perceived connection. Formulating effective policies to tackle inequality requires a broader evidence base than the commonly used Gini coefficient of income distribution at national level.

  • Monday, October 7, 2013 - 11:15 to Friday, October 11, 2013 - 11:15

    This call invites applicants for a Regional Training Workshop for east and southern African countries on Participatory methods for strengthening community-focused, primary health care oriented approaches to social accountability and action being held in Zimbabwe

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 08:00 to Friday, September 20, 2013 - 17:00

    Through the ‘Meaningful evaluation: improving use and results’ theme, the conference will reflect on the use of evaluations in improving the end results of development interventions, as well as the importance of evaluation practices in addressing issues of empowerment, sustainability, knowledge management and accountability, all of which are pertinent to the development question.

  • Ghanaian researchers have been urged to engage the media in publishing their findings so as to achieve their study objectives and effect the needed changes in society with their work.
  • A pilot programme has been launched at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital to enable the reporting of service delivery problems using Facebook and Twitter.
  • Political accountability is not simply a product of good leaders and appropriate institutional designs. These are important elements, but they facilitate accountability between elites and citizens only when citizens have sufficient leverage over the elites to produce what I call "substantive uncertainty".
  • Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 08:00 to Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 17:00

    Contributions are invited for free standing papers, or proposals for panels on the main strands of the conference:

    • Assembling the most recent evidence on how inequality relates to poverty and vulnerability.
    • Exploring the dynamics of inequalities and how they intersect across multiple dimensions and multiple levels.
    • Considering what policy options are suitable for dealing with the interplay of inequality, poverty and vulnerability

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