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Event takes stock on Implementation of CRC
Author: Jacob
Published: Sep 30, 2019

Prof Benyam Dawit Mezmur, head of the Children's Rights Project was part of a panel discussion looking at 30 years after the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

SERP team attends UN Summit on Sustainable Development
Author: Jacob
Published: Sep 26, 2019

The Socioeconomic Rights Project and its partners participated in the UN Summit on Sustainable Development that took place in New York from 22-25 September in New York. This Summit was a gathering of Heads of State to deliberate on and assess the commitments made under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the Summit, SERP participated in some side events organised by civil society groups.

Panel looks into reducing number of children deprived of their liberty
Author: Jacob
Published: Sep 24, 2019

On 23 September 2019, Prof Benyam Mezmur, head of the Children's Rights Project, was part of the panel at a side event of the 24th Human Rights Council Session in Geneva. The event was to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and it was organised by the African Union Ambassadors to Geneva.

Can Zimbabwe walk the talk of devolution?
Author: Tinashe Carlton Chigwata
Published: Sep 20, 2019

The vertical organisation of the state remains a thorn in a flesh in post-colonial sub-Saharan Africa. Various forms of multilevel systems of government have been established throughout the continent, from federalism in Ethiopia (1996), Nigeria (1999) and South Sudan (2011); devolution in Kenya (2010) and South Africa (1996); to decentralised unitary systems in Uganda (1995) and Namibia (1990). These systems, which are often entrenched in the respective constitutions of these countries, have been adopted to advance the realisation of certain objectives linked to development, democracy and peace. National integration and the deepening of democracy in South Africa and many other countries is to a certain extent attributed to decentralised governance. However, some of these systems are not working well, especially on the development front, despite having been in place for some time. Others are yet to function effectively as they have not gained the much needed traction.

Municipalities are not off the hook for food security
Author: Jaap
Published: Sep 20, 2019

Food security is typically and administratively considered the exclusive concerns of national and provincial government, but a plausible case can be made that municipalities should and can also play a role.

Impact of the declaration of invalidity of the Municipal Systems Amendment Act of 2011
Author: Henry Gichana
Published: Sep 20, 2019

Background: On 9 March 2017, the Constitutional Court (the Court) confirmed a decision of the High Court, which had declared the Local Government: Municipal Systems Amendment Act, 2011 (Amendment Act) unconstitutional and entirely invalid. The Amendment Act had mainly sought to make changes to the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act of 2000 (Principal Act) while making a minor related amendment to the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act of 1998. . The process of its enactment had wrongly followed the procedure laid out under section 76 of the Constitution instead of the appropriate procedure under section 75. The Court confirmed this invalidity in the case of South African Municipal Workers’ Union v Minister of Co-Operative Governance & Traditional Affairs and Others [2017] ZACC 7.

DOI gives two thumbs up to the ConCourt ruling against corporal punishment
Author: Jacob
Published: Sep 19, 2019

The Children’s Rights Project of the Dullah Omar Institute (DOI) at the University of the Western Cape welcomes the Constitutional Court of South Africa’s declaration that the common law defence of reasonable and moderate parental chastisement is unconstitutional. The DOI was one of the three partners that was granted permission to submit an amicus brief to the Constitutional Court.

DOI Children’s Rights Project Participate in Child Rights Litigation Training
Author: Jacob
Published: Sep 13, 2019

Dr. Usang Maria Assim and Dr. Robert Nanima researchers with the Children’s Rights Project this week participated in a 3-day child rights strategic litigation training and case-identification workshop from 10 - 12 September 2019 in Mombasa, Kenya. The workshop organised by IHRDA and East Africa Child Rights Network falls within the framework of the African Children’s Charter Project (Phase II) coordinated by Plan International.

#TimesUp for failing feminist governance
Author: Women and Democracy Initiative
Published: Aug 30, 2019

30 August 2019 - The clock is now also running out for the South African government’s lack of womxn-centric policy and action as a new analysis released today indicates the lack of feminist governance should have its own #TimesUp moment.

Dullah Omar Institute Releases “The Regulation of Public Enterprises in Ethiopia” as part of its SOE series
Author: Motlatsi Komote
Published: Aug 16, 2019

Both Ethiopia and South Africa place state-owned enterprises (SOEs) at the centre of their state-led development effort. In both countries, there is a strong and dominant ruling party/alliance, whose influence stretches into virtually all sectors of society. However, Ethiopia has not experienced large scale corruption in its SOEs. In fact, its SOEs seem to be doing well with Ethiopian Airlines as a prominent and shining example.

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