Regional dialogue to interrogate SADC’s 10-year plan

Media advisory: Regional dialogue to interrogate SADC’s 10-year plan

25 June 2021 – Organisations from across Southern Africa will come together on 29 and 30 June 2021 to interrogate the region’s 10-year strategic plan and urge governments to ensure the ambitious roll-out tangibly benefits the region’s most vulnerable, amid the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis, climate change and growing poverty and inequality.

The virtual regional dialogue for non-state actors will bring together a diverse range of non-state actors – representing civil society, business, smallholder farmers, informal traders, people’s movements, media and trade unions – to assess and inform the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) implementation plan for the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020-2030, due to be approved before the SADC Heads of State and Government Summit in August 2021.

The dialogue, held under the theme Building Back Better – Ensuring Social Accountability in Southern Africa’s Development, will feature presentations by the SADC Secretariat and national government representatives, as well as parallel discussions on critical issues of climate change and sustainable agriculture, domestic financing of healthcare, gender and development, inclusive labour policies, vaccine access and the participation of youth and civil society.

The dialogue builds on SADC’s commitment to partner with non-state actors in the roll-out of the RISDP. The 10 co-conveners are urging member states to actively engage their people in the development of national implementation plans that prioritise the needs of the most vulnerable and, ultimately, create even more resilient, inclusive and socially accountable nations and communities.

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About the co-conveners: The dialogue is convened by: Southern Africa Trust, Southern African People’s Solidarity Network, Economic Justice Network (EJN) of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA), Southern Africa Coordination Council (SATUCC), GenderLinks, Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and the Partnership for Social Accountability (PSA) Alliance (a consortium of organisations including ActionAid International (AAI), Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) of Rhodes University, Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) and SAfAIDS).

About the RISDP 2020-2030: The RISDP covers key areas of regional integration: peace, security and good governance (the foundation); industrial development and market integration (pillar I);  infrastructure development in support of regional integration (pillar II); social and human capital development (pillar III); and cross-cutting issues of gender, youth, environment, climate change and disaster risk management. The full document is available at

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ICA Africa-Ghana 2018: Conference Call

Call for Papers

ICAfrica 2nd Biennial, 2018

The Africa Regional Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA)

Theme: African Digital Cultures: Emerging Research, Practices and Innovations

Date:  7-9 November, 2018

Organisers: School of Information and Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Legon

Digital technology has become an inherent part of contemporary African life. Fueled by increasing internet penetration, changes have occurred to accommodate a more digital-driven lifestyle across various sectors of African societies. Compared with other parts of the world, Internet use in Africa is still relatively low, but digital technology is rapidly changing how people on the continent communicate with one another, produce and consume goods and services, enact citizenship, and construct narratives about themselves. New configurations in the communication, information and media landscape resulting from digitalization provoke new questions and challenge old assumptions about mediation practices for scholars. Traditional media such as radio, for example, may be still dominant in the information and communication ecology of Africa, but their practices are constantly being impacted and transformed by emerging digital cultures, especially amongst the youth.

The dynamic nature of technology-driven transformations in mediated communication in Africa calls for deeper insights into the cultures forming around the appropriation of digital technologies. In a world in which the face of communication is constantly evolving, we believe Africa can provide fresh thinking on how people adopt, appropriate and deploy digital technologies in various communicative contexts and the impact(s) that has on their lives.

The School of Information and Communication Studies (SICS) of the University of Ghana, in collaboration with the International Communication Association (ICA) is hosting the 2018 Regional ICA conference on the theme African Digital Cultures: Emerging research, practices and innovations. The conference seeks to bring together scholars from within and outside the continent to share their research and perspectives on the cultures forming around conceptualizations, production and consumption of the digital space in Africa.

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