The Centre for Civil Society within the UKZN School of Built Environment and Development Studies invites you to the seminar –
Solidarities of international urban residents and ‘development’ students

Speakers: Peter Muzambwe and Dean Chahin

Date:          Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Time:         12:30-14:00
Venue:       CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College

Topics (two consecutive presentations):
 1) Urban solidarities and states of resistance: As part of the International Alliance of Inhabitants network, Muzambwe discusses the Amandla Centre’s positioning in the world urban social justice struggle, including the areas of cooperation and conflict between democratic civil society and political society in Harare.
2) ‘Development’ solidarities: Chahin’s paper is, ‘From “Saving Africa” to Looking in the Mirror: Reflections on the Critical Development Forum’s Student-Driven Popular Education Initiative to Re-Politicize “Development” at the University of Washington’, which follows Chahin’s discouragement with the way conventional “development” organizations like Engineers Without Borders operated and educated students.

Speakers: Peter Muzambwe is director of the Amandla Centre of Zimbabwe, and a former Harare trade union leader. Dean Chahim recently graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Global Development & Social Change. He co-founded the student-driven Critical Development Forum ( and is currently traveling on a university fellowship to learn and share:

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