The Centre for Civil Society cordially invites you to the seminar: Southern African Civil Society

Presenter: Bhekinkosi Moyo
Date: Monday, 7 July 2014
Time: 14h00-15h30 (NOTE NEW TIME)
Venue: CCS Seminar Room, 6th floor of Memorial Tower Building, UKZN Howard College

Topic: The Southern African terrain includes several of the most unequal countries in the world, brutal recent histories of colonial and racist rule, sometimes debilitating ethnic divisions, a dominant regional power in Pretoria, liberation movement traditions that sometimes resort to authoritarianism, deep currents of patriarchy and homophobia, extreme ecological stress, and corrupt overlaps between politics and economics that are especially evident in the so-called ‘Resource Cursed’ countries. Under these adverse circumstances, how are societies getting organised to demand democracy, accountability and socio-economic, environmental and gender justice?

Presenter:  A Zimbabwean by birth but continental in his activism, Bheki Moyo was a founding staffperson at the Dakar-based TrustAfrica, which he served as director of programs. He is currently the executive director of the Southern Africa Trust and holds a doctorate from Wits University. He has edited the books (Dis) Enabling the Public Sphere: Civil Society Regulation in Africa; Africa in Global Power Play: Debates, Challenges and Potential Reforms; and Giving to Help, Helping to Give: Politics and Context of African Philanthropy. He served on the board of Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support and is currently the secretary of the board of the African Grantmakers Network, a council member of the African Union Foundation and on the advisory council of ICCO. He specialises in governance, development, and philanthropy.

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