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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Past events

  • Monday, December 3, 2012 to Wednesday, December 5, 2012
    The eighth in a series of DevNet conferences which will provide an international forum for development scholars, researchers and practitioners to explore the linkages between the three areas that constitute international development work – research, policy and practice.
  • Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 12:30

    Presented by Prof Dave Gordon, Director, Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, University of Bristol, UK, this talk will provide a brief overview of the use of social perceived necessities to measure poverty around the world and then discuss recent advances with this approach.

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 09:00 to Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 17:00
  • Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 08:30

    On 1 - 2 November 2012, the Second Southern Africa Conference on child rights will be held at the Pan African Parliament in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. The theme for this year's conference is: Building child rights movements in Southern Africa. The Conferenceis an initiative that is building up on the momentum that was created by a similar event in 2011. The latter meeting brought about child rights stakeholders from Southern African countries. The participant’s ranged from government officials in line ministries, members of the child rights sector, legislators, academia and the children themselves. This conference was the first of its kind in ensuring that there is coordination at the regional level. One of the key outputs of the meeting was a resolution to set up a Southern African child rights network. Following the meeting held in May 2012, the forum was officially called the Child Rights Network for Southern Africa (CRNSA). The initial CRNSA meeting went further to coming up with a work-plan and it is in the context of this plan that this upcoming conference is located. This upcoming conference is therefore a product of the initial conference held in 2011 while it is contributing significantly to the realization of the work plan set by CRNSA.

  • Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 12:45

    The current model of development is often blamed for the global financial meltdown and the resulting protracted recovery to a pre-crisis status-quo. In the context of continued global instability, what would an alternative inclusive model of development that avoids the problems of an overly capitalistic model look like? In as far as the youth have been disproportionately affected by the crisis, to what extent can a youth driven model provide solutions that move us from a consumeristic model to one that places the environment at the centre of development?

  • Thursday, September 20, 2012 to Friday, September 21, 2012
    An academic conference that will subject the relationship between the Internet, Politics and Policy to multi-disciplinary scrutiny organised by the journal, Policy and Internet, a peer-reviewed journal investigating the implications of the Internet and associated technologies for public policy. ­­
  • Tuesday, September 18, 2012 to Wednesday, September 19, 2012
    Conference on significant changes in the nature of politics and policy making over the past forty years. Recent changes include the increasing importance of global governance, a reframing of the state in delivering public services, rising public expectations about choice and quality of public services, the global economic downturn and associated austerity measures, the challenges of climate change and the transition from government to governance, epitomised by the inclusion of non-state actors in the policy process.
  • Tuesday, September 4, 2012 to Thursday, September 6, 2012
    International conference organised by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and the Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore related to all fields of policy and governance.
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 08:00

     “The public interest law gathering (PILG) is an annual event held in Johannesburg, South Africa bringing together public interest legal practitioners and organisations, law students, paralegals, social movement leaders and legal academics with the aim of serving as a focal point for professionals in the field to share and develop knowledge. Focusing on public interest litigation, the Gathering is a collaborative knowledge-sharing exercise, as well as an opportunity to promote networking in the public interest community.”

    The 2012 Public Interest Law Gathering (“PILG”) was held at the University of the Witwatersrand from the 10th to the 13th of July. It was attended by a host of multi-level stakeholders and included a diverse range of panel discussions led by highly acclaimed practitioners and academics. The sessions were highly informative and created valuable networking opportunities for all involved. Topics of discussion included migration, law and social change, reviewing the Traditional Courts Bill, the right to adequate and equal education, Children and the Sexual Offences Act and numerous others. An important point highlighted in the course of the discussions was the need for multi-level stakeholders to positively engage with each other and to create a united front in working towards the realization of socio-economic and civil and political rights. It is events of this nature that serve to both bring to the fore as well as create cohesion of this nature. Overall, this is an excellent event for interested parties to attend and is highly recommended as a means of becoming informed of current and cutting edge developments in the South Africa’s legal landscape.

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 08:00 to Friday, July 13, 2012 - 17:00

    The public interest law gathering (PILG) is an annual event held in Johannesburg, South Africa bringing together public interest legal practitioners and organisations, law students, paralegals, social movement leaders and legal academics with the aim of serving as a focal point for professionals in the field to share and develop knowledge.

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