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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Past events

  • 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.

  • Thursday, January 26, 2012
    This seminar reviews evidence-based policy-making and the potential role of evaluation as a key, and a systematic, source of evidence and will be presented by Dr Ian Goldman, Deputy Director General, Evaluation and Research, DPME, The Presidency.­
  • Sunday, December 18, 2011 to Tuesday, December 20, 2011
    This international conference aims to provide a wider forum to social scientists, practitioners and activists to share their work and research. There will be keynote addresses and symposia pertaining to major themes. The conference is planned as a major academic activity of the Psychology Department in its Golden Jubilee Year.
  • Friday, December 9, 2011 to Monday, December 12, 2011
    ­A new conference, in association with Social Science and Medicine - the world’s most cited social science journal. It is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the health system reforms Asian countries have adopted, or are considering, during rapid economic, social, demographic and epidemiologic change in the region.­
  • Monday, November 28, 2011 to Wednesday, November 30, 2011
    ­Conference to review progress that South Africa has made in achieving equity in health status, health care, the social determinants of health and access to resources.
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2011 to Wednesday, November 9, 2011
    The deadline for abstract submissions for the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum (SAHECEF) conference is 29 April 2011­.
  • Monday, November 7, 2011 to Wednesday, November 9, 2011
    Three day seminar which aims to bring together between 30 and 70 development practitioners from across civil society, government, private sector and academia to address these topics through reflective processes.
  • Thursday, October 20, 2011 to Saturday, October 22, 2011
    A symposium jointly organised by the Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development (IPAID) at Yonsei University (Wonju Campus) and the journal of Public Administration and Development, which seeks to be a convening space for more effective solutions to poverty.­
  • Thursday, October 20, 2011 to Friday, October 21, 2011
    The Bochum Conference will provide an international platform for academics, policy-makers, and experts from public and private bodies. It aims at analysing ongoing reforms of social protection systems in developing countries from both a political economy and legal point of view.
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2011 to Friday, October 21, 2011
    This conference will bring together member states and stakeholders to build support for the implementation of action on social determinants of health to reduce inequities. The conference is being organized in accordance with a 2009 World Health Assembly Resolution (WHA62.14) and will be hosted by the Government of Brazil.