Economic Justice Programme Projects

Angola

The Angolan Youth Association for Community Development (AJUDECA) is and non-governmental organization established in 1994 by a group of young people by then with the objective of developing work, against human rights violations, violence against women, children living in the mining areas and promotes human dignity.

Regional

The formal economies of many countries in the SADC region have developed only a small segment of the population, leaving the majority to subsist in the informal economy. Predictions that the informal economy would disappear once sufficient levels of growth are reached have proven to be false. The informal sector is a permanent feature of the region’s economies; its continued growth is aided by Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPS), Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP), the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility, NEPAD and GEAR (in the case of South Africa).

Regional

A recent World Bank Report stated that climate change must be considered a socio-economic problem because vulnerability to climate change is socially differentiated. There exists division between the guidance for developing countries on how to improve their understanding of required programmatic responses, and the needs and realities of local communities.

Angola

This project seeks to promote and demand increased responsible corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies and practices from the diamond companies operating in local communities in 3 municipalities in Lunda Norte province namely Cuango, Xá-Mteba and Capenda Camulemba.

The main goal of this project is to promote and demand policies and practices on the corporate social responsibility from the government and diamond companies and advocate for the existence of a specific law on CSR for the diamond industry and the country as a whole.

Malawi

The 2006 Human Development Report ranks Malawi among the 10 poorest countries in the world, with about 52% of the population living below the poverty line. Malawi’s economy is fragile, with a narrow base, poor infrastructure and a heavy reliance on agriculture. The volatility of the macroeconomic environment has resulted in Malawi’s debt is rising to dangerous levels. This is further compounded by a high population growth rate, high levels of unemployment, a dismal export base, falling prices of agricultural produce, and high transport costs.

Lesotho

Lesotho is classified as a least developed country with 58% of its people living below the poverty line. For most of its history as a nation, Lesotho has depended on the wages of migrant miners employed in South Africa. The halving of mining jobs since 1994 has necessitated that the resultant loss of income be partly supplemented by the wages of women working in the foreign owned garment manufacturing industry.

Angola

The main goal of this project is the production of reliable information through the establishment of an observatory to monitor and report on the status and progress of poverty reduction in Angola.

Zimbabwe

This proposal requests institutional support for ZIMCODD a Zimbabwe based socio-economic justice coalition established in February 2000 to facilitate citizens’ involvement in pro-poor and broad based policy formulation. The institutions work is informed by the view that Zimbabwe’s indebtedness, tax injustices and the unfair global trade regime and lack of democratic people-centred economic governance as the root cause of the socio-economic crises in Zimbabwe.

Regional

The Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA) - through its Economic Justice Programme and the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW)- is undertaking a three-year project on “Promoting Social and Environmental Accountability in the Southern Africa Mining Sector.”

The project will combine research, advocacy, capacity building and networking.

Although it will focus primarily on 7 countries (Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mozambique, South Africa and Angola), it will cover the entire SADC region along the way.

Regional

The overall goal of this initiative is to strengthen Parliamentary budget oversight in SADC countries and improve the quality of governance.

This project aims to strengthen capacity of parliaments in Southern Africa to hold the Executive to account and ensure improved transparency and accountability of regional governments. This project builds onto a previous grant to SAPST which was aimed at establishing a Forum of Parliamentary Budget and Finance Committees in SADC.

Regional

The proposed project seeks to support a site visit to Angola followed by a policy dialogue that will bring together Chinese and Southern African policymakers, academics, businesses, constructors and civil society actors, including community members to discuss China’s Africa development model of resources for infrastructure and its impact on local communities. The project will produce a series of brief research papers from a number of SADC countries which will foster debates and formulation of policy proposals to reshape trade and economic relations between China and southern Africa.

Regional

The project seeks to provide support to the Southern African Parliamentary Trust (SAPST) in its efforts to strengthen the capacity of SADC parliaments to play a more effective role in anti-corruption. The project will leverage the strong momentum built by the SADC Association of Parliamentary Budget Committees (SADCAPBC), a regional platform that has been successful to date in providing parliamentary budget oversight capacity to 10 SADC Parliamentary Budget Committees, that is Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, DR Congo, and Angola.

DRC

Climate change is a major challenge for the development of agriculture and the conservation of natural resources in Africa. The increasingly unpredictable weather systems on the continent are a threat to food security and rural livelihoods on the fragile continent. Like most African countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo is also feeling the effects of climate change.

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