Southern Africa Trade Union Co-ordination Council

13th Southern Africa Civil Society Forum, 14-17 August 2017, Johannesburg. South Africa
Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

The 13th Southern African Civil Society Forum (CSF) will take place from the 14th – 16th August 2017 at Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. The CSF is convened by the Alliance Pact of SADC Council of NGOs (SADC-CNGO), Southern African Trade Union Coordination Council (SATUCC) and Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA).

The theme for this year is: BUILDING PEOPLES’ ORGANISATIONS, SECURING OUR COMMON FUTURE, CONSOLIDATING OUR GAINS AND CONFRONTING OUR CHALLENGES.

Objectives:

  1. To reflect on the challenges facing civil society and harness the voice of a unified civil society towards the realisation of the SADC agenda on regional integration;
  2. To craft consensus on issues affecting the region and develop concrete strategies and action plans for moving forward;
  3. To foster the spirit of solidarity among the people of the region and provide an information sharing platform for civil society working in different areas of regional integration and development;
  4. To institutionalise the interface between civil society, SADC institutions and political leadership in the SADC region in order to foster common appreciation of our challenges as a region and continent;

 Strategic issues and themes

  1. The state of civil society – building effective organs of peoples’ power for transformatory agenda;
    • From Swaziland to South Africa – progress on the implementation of the 12th CSF plan of action
    • Harnessing technological revolution to transform ourselves
  2. National and regional platforms of engagement
  • Civil society engagement mechanism
  • Regional poverty Observatory
  • SADC National Committees
  • The SADC We Want Campaign
  1. Industrialization for transformative growth and development
  • Harmonisation of mining laws in the SADC region-a catalyst for industrialization and development
  • Ensuring health standards in the extractive industries
  • Economic empowerment and sustainable development
  1. Emerging and re-emerging issues
    • Economic partnership agreements
    • Solidarity with citizens of the region in crisis
    • Corruption
    • Freedom of Expression (state capture, fake news)-role of media affecting civil society space in terms of reporting, sources of information, role as agents of change, as agents of destruction

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8:30 AM BOFEPUSU Congress
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