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  • The Trialogue CSI Conference 2016

    The Trialogue CSI Conference 2016

    will address how challenging, yet crucial, effective collaboration can be when striving to make a meaningful and lasting difference in development.

    This year’s conference will be bigger than before, while continuing to create unique opportunities for learning, networking, collaborating and innovating on issues impacting CSI and development in South Africa.

    Book now to secure your place among more than 450 corporate, NPO, government academic and media delegates.

    The Forum, Bryanston, Johannesburg │24 & 25 May 2016

    Event Start Date: 
    Tuesday, 24 May, 2016
    Event End Date: 
    Wednesday, 25 May, 2016
    Event Venue: 
    The Forum, Bryanston, Johannesburg
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  • #Storymakers2016 Africa Tweet-Chat - Share Your Storytelling Experiences on 4 May 2016

    Storytelling is increasingly relevant to the strategic communication and awareness-raising activities of nonprofit organisations (NPOs) in Africa.
    Stories help people to better remember specific experiences. Stories shape our identities. With a great story, you can ensure that donors and supporters understand your work.
    But how does your nonprofit tell its story? When you upload a video, a photo, or a blog post about your work, whom are you trying to reach with it? What do you expect the audience to do after they see or read the story?
    NPOs are often so caught up in implementing their programmes that they forget the need to communicate the impact to the rest of the world.
    That's why TechSoup organises the annual Storymakers digital storytelling campaign to assist NPOs create stories that will generate the necessary public interest and attention.
    One of the main events of Storymakers 2016 will be a global tweet-chat which will be held on Wednesday, 4 May 2016.
    Unfamiliar with tweet-chats? It's a live Twitter event, moderated and focused around a specific topic, using a shared hashtag – in our case #Storymakers2016 - to filter all the chatter into a single conversation.
    Our global tweet-chat on 4 May 2016 will be a 12-hour global conversation - from New Zealand in the East to the United States in the West - consisting of a series of one-hour tweet-chats on the theme of digital storytelling. Each of the chats will be hosted and facilitated, and cover a different topic associated with digital storytelling.
    To ensure the success of the tweet-chat, we need your participation and support to keep the conversation relevant and informative, and encourage you to invite your colleagues, partners and other NPOs to do the same. Please use your e-mail lists and social media channels to spread the word about this initiative.
    The Africa component of the #Storymakers2016  tweet-chat will cover the following three topics during three one-hour conversations:
    # East Africa (2 p.m. Eastern Africa Time / 8 a.m. Coordinated Universal Time)
    Topic: Creating an Elevator Pitch - Telling your story in 10 seconds
    Convener: @TechSoupKenya & @KCDF
    # Southern Africa (2 p.m. South Africa Standard Time / 9 a.m. Coordinated Universal Time)
    Topic: How do you make storytelling a part of your organisation's culture?
    Convener: @techsoupafrica & @david_barnard
    # West Africa (2 p.m. Ghana / 3 p.m. West Africa Time)
    Topic: "What sort of stories should nonprofits tell?"
    Convener: @penplusbytes & @AfricaJerry
    You are welcome to participate in all these chats, but we encourage you to participate specifically in the time zone where you are based. Remember to use #Storymakers2016 in all your tweets, in conjunction with the country where you are based (e.g. #Kenya or #Ghana, etc.).
    The global tweet-chat will be summarised in Storify at the end of the day.
    We look forward to your participation in this exciting initiative on 4 May 2016.
    David Barnard
    Vice-President: Africa
    For more about TechSoup, refer to

    David Barnard

  • ​The Dark Side of Digital Communication

    The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is a leading African organisation that enhances human security to enable sustainable development and economic prosperity in Africa. It works across the continent, doing authoritative research, providing expert policy advice and delivering practical training and technical assistance.

    The ISS is hosting a seminar under the theme ‘The Dark Side of Digital Communication’ on 3 May 2016 in Pretoria.

    The sharp rise in digital communication in Africa is largely seen as beneficial to local economies.

    This is based on the assumption that with increased connectivity, development on the continent will keep expanding. But this connectivity also provides opportunities for crime and criminal networks to grow.

    This seminar will offer an innovative analysis of advance fee fraud, better known as the ‘419 scam’ in Africa. The representation of this crime in popular culture, the social patterns of organised criminals and the narrative forms of fraudulent emails will also be discussed.

    Chair: Gareth Newham, Head, Governance, Crime and Justice Division, ISS


    • Christo Doherty, Associate Professor in Digital Arts, University of the Witwatersrand;
    • Mark Shaw, Director, Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime.

    The ISS is grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United States of America.

    This event will be webcast live.

    Enquiries: Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Tel: +27 12 346 9500, Email:

    RSVP: Monique de Graaff, Tel: +27 12 346 9500, Email: 

    Time: 10h30 - 13h00

    To register, refer to

    For more about the Institute for Security Studies, refer to

    Event Start Date: 
    Tuesday, 3 May, 2016
    Event End Date: 
    Tuesday, 3 May, 2016
    Event Venue: 
    Conference Room, ISS Pretoria, Block C, Brooklyn Court
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  • ​Chiefs in South Africa and Ghana: Comparative Perspectives
    The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)

    The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is a leading research and teaching centre with an international reputation for high quality applied research and critical scholarship. PLAAS was founded in 1995 as a specialist unit in the School of Government, in the Economic and Management Sciences Faculty, at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Cape Town. Since then, PLAAS has developed a proven track record of undertaking high-quality research on land and agrarian reform, poverty, and natural resource management in South Africa and the southern African region.

    Issues around chiefly power in modern African society are highly relevant in contemporary political economy debates about state policies that bolster the power of chiefs and other unelected traditional authorities, in the context of constitutional democracy. The effects of such policies on socio-economic development, production systems and rural governance more generally are also important.

    Discourses on chiefly power are complicated by notions of ‘customary law’, to which the advocates of pro-chiefly policies often turn in their attempts to justify state alliances with traditional elites. A great deal of scholarship provides counter-narratives to ‘pro-chief’ interpretations of the ‘customary’ realm, tending to reflect, in varying ways, how understandings of customary law have been moulded to fit with prevailing ideologies of ruling classes. Contested interpretations of customary law and customary norms are thus also at stake.

    The colloquium will host prominent scholars of land and governance in Ghana and South Africa, with the purpose of dissecting the nature of chiefly power in contemporary society in these two countries.

    PLAAS is honoured to be hosting history Prof Sara Berry, Emeritus Professor at Johns Hopkins University, USA, whose long and distinguished scholarship on the history and political economy of agrarian relations in Ghana has inspired generations of students working in the field of land and agrarian studies in South Africa. Trained initially in economics, she has specialised in using micro-historical research to promote interdisciplinary analysis of social and economic transformations, and to bring comparative and historical perspectives to bear on under-standing contemporary African political economies.

    From Ghana we are excited to be hosting Prof Kojo Amanor, Associate Professor at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Accra. His main research interests are in the land question, smallholder agriculture, agribusiness food chains, forestry policy, environment, and participatory methodologies for rural development. His current research is on the political economy of cereal crops in Ghana, farmer management of soils and agribusiness chains. He has published widely in these fields.

    Other presenters are Dr Gavin Capps of the Society, Work and Development Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, and Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi of the Public Affairs Research Institute.

    Also present will be a prominent scholar of land and socio-political themes in Ghana, Prof Janine Ubink. South African scholars who will be involved in presentations or as discussants include Prof Lungisile Ntsebeza, Dr Maanda Malaudzi, Prof Ben Cousins, Dr Aninka Claassens, Prof Jeff Peires, Prof William Beinart and Prof
    Peter Delius.

    Date: 11 May 2016

    Time: 9h00 to 16h30

    Follow the event live on twitter: #Chiefs_Ghana_SA

    For more information, refer to

    For more about the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, refer to

    Event Start Date: 
    Wednesday, 11 May, 2016
    Event End Date: 
    Wednesday, 11 May, 2016
    Event Venue: 
    UWC Bellville, School of Public Health
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  • Scapegoating NGOs An Old Trick

    Mahlobo accuses NGOs of helping foreign agencies to destabilise South Africa

    State Security Minister David Mahlobo, has accused nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) of helping foreign agencies destabilise South Africa.

    In the past, African National Congress secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe and Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko, warned of forces working to destabilise the country.

    African National Congress secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, has made similar ‘bizarre’ claims in the past. Earlier this week, Mahlobo accused nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) of helping foreign agencies destabilise South Africa.

    In Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe, implemented disastrous economic policies with the sole aim of clinging to power. When these policies brought his country to its knees, he singled out the West and the NGOs, accusing them of pursuing regime change in his country.

    To read the article titled, “Scapegoating NGOs an old trick,” click here.

    The Citizen