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Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Open Day 2021

„Politics and trust“

The work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation: focusing on participation, representation, security, and innovation.

Online-Seminar

Independence of the Judiciary in Sub Saharan Africa

Assessing the current situation of the Independence of the Judiciary in Sub Saharan Africa. Register here: bit.ly/JudiciaryAfrica

Online-Seminar

SEXUAL GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

SEXUAL GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN TIMES OF COVID-19 IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Online-Seminar

IMPLICATIONS OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC REGULATIONS ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RULE OF LAW IN AFRICA

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa in collaboration with the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, University of Pretoria is pleased to invite you to this online seminar that seeks to assess the impact of COVID-19 pandemic regulations on human rights and the rule of law in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Online-Seminar

Impact of COVID-19 on the Right to Health in Africa

This webinar will seek to interrogate the present health systems, evaluate the existing challenges from the legal and policy frameworks and consider emerging opportunities.

Online-Seminar

Women’s Land Rights and Development in Africa: Contesting Normative and Cultural Exclusion

INTRODUCING WOMEN’S LAND RIGHTS, NORMATIVE AND CULTURAL EXCLUSION IN AFRICA

This is a 3-part online seminar that seeks to create a platform for engagement on the structural relationship between formal and informal law in Africa as relates to property rights, land in particular, and how it is allocated and dispossessed. This will be discussed from the vantage point of gender. Interrogating how gendered access to land, has been and continues to be delineated through law in post-colonial Africa. The sessions will cover inter alia co-ownership, joint-registration, equality and inheritance, budgets and the political commitment to equitable access, legal recognition of customary land tenure and women’s rights as well as women’s participation in land administration.

Online-Seminar

WEBINAR - IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN EASTERN, SOUTHERN AND WEST AFRICA

This webinar will seek to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the rule of law and human rights in Africa with particular emphasis on Access to Justice in Eastern, Southern and West Africa. Webinar on Southern Africa will be held on 3rd June 2020 between 10am - 1pm (SAT) while the one on Eastern and West Africa will be held on 4th June 2020 between 10am - 1pm (EAT).

Expert conference

Southern Africa after the Election Year 2019

In May 2019 the African National Congress (ANC) won another, though this time unconvincing, electoral victory in South Africa. President Ramaphosa has to deal with a difficult political and economic situation after the “State Capture” of the network around former president Jacob Zuma. Ramaphosa’s “New Dawn” pledges of economic growth and anti-corruption have so far not been implemented with the desired effectiveness, not least due to intra-party disputes within the ANC. At the same time, the largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), struggles to find a new strategy after internal disputes and the election of a new leadership which raises new questions about the role of opposition parties and coalition building.

Workshop

WORKSHOP ON THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DURING ELECTIONS IN ETHIOPIA

The workshop intends to offer participants an opportunity to identify the most common and prevalent human rights violations during elections in Ethiopia with a view to devising effective and viable ways that CSOs can actively participate in the realization of free and fair elections as well as safeguarding fundamental human rights and freedoms during electioneering period.

Expert conference

Conference on International Law and Justice for Victims of the Gross Human Rights Violation of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

The Conference will seek to address the central question: Does the current international legal framework provide adequate recourse for victims of sexual and gender-based violence?

THE RULE OF LAW IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: PROMISES, PROGRESS, PITFALLS AND PROSPECTS

This conference was jointly organized by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa. The conference sought to identify and discuss the contemporary challenges to, and reasons for the steady decline in the state of the rule of law in the Sub-Saharan region. It also endevoured to find possible solutions for a progressive future.

REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON THE DEMOCRATISATION AGENDA IN SOUTHERN AFRICA: PROGRESS, CHALLENGES AND THE WAY FORWARD

The Rule of Law Program for Sub Saharan Africa in collaboration with the SADC LA convened a regional stakeholders’ workshop on 22nd and 23rd May 2017 in Johannesburg under the theme ‘Democratisation Agenda in Southern Africa: Progress, Challenges and the Way Forward’ that sought to contribute to the protection and strengthening of democracy in the SADC region.

FIFTH REGIONAL CONFERENCE

The fifth regional conference addressing requirements for an independent and effective judiciary was held in Dakar, Senegal on 3rd and 4th March 2017

RULE OF LAW AND INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA: RHETORIC, CONTESTATIONS AND OPTIONS FOR ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR WOMEN

Linking gendered limitations of access to justice to African women’s lack of development has been an area lacking strong research to policy engagement. Accordingly, KAS' Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa hosted a workshop in Windhoek, Namibia between 20th and 21st January 2017 to specifically dialogue on these concerns.

Stakeholders' Conference on Activism against Corruption

22nd - 24th November 2016, Johannesburg - South Africa

The stakeholder’s conference on Activism against Corruption in Africa was held in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was a follow-up conference to Combating Corruption that was held in Cape Town 2015. The conference was organised in conjunction with “IFAISA” (Institute for Accountability in South Africa) and brought together various actors drawn from the legal, political, private sector, civil society, faith-based organizations, the media, academia, trade unions and State agencies to deliberate on the active role that each sector and individual can play towards fighting corruption in Africa.

Event Report: Symposium on the Rule of Law in Africa

Ten Years of KAS’ Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa: Results, Challenges and Prospects

From 15th to 16th November 2016, partners, collaborators and friends of the KAS Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as invited distinguished guests convened at the Strathmore University in Nairobi to commemorate ten years of its operations on the continent. A symposium to review the past achievements and reflect on the future challenges and prospects was the highlight of this event. The symposium was officially opened by Kenya’s new Chief Justice David Maraga and tackled various thematic areas pertinent to the rule of law in Africa.

Annual Jurists' Conference 2016: The State of Democracy and Transition in Africa

9th - 12th November 2016, Durban - South Africa

The 2016 Annual Jurists’ Conference organised in partnership with the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists addressed the regression in African democracies from different perspectives. Speakers and panellists comprised of scholars, judges, politicians and representatives of the Civil Society from Africa. The discussions dealt with qualities of leadership, involvement of the citizenry in political processes and mechanisms of holding governments accountable which if left unchecked could easily lead to state instability thereby threatening national cohesion.

Haki Na Sheria Dialogue Forum

The Nexus between Development and Corruption. A Perspective from a practicing Parliamentarian.

These regular fora address topical issues affecting Kenya and Africa in general from political, legal, social and economic angles. Hon. Isaac Mwaura, a Member of Parliament from Kenya was the guest speaker at the early breakfast dialogue forum held on 27nd September 2016 that focused on the nexus between development and corruption from a parliamentarian’s perspective. The audience comprised of interested actors from various professional backgrounds in Nairobi, including politicians, journalists, jurists, economists, scholars and members of the public.

Haki Na Sheria Dialogue Forum - 'Is Zimbabwe on the Brink? Perspectives of a Politician.'

Simbabwe - Ein Land am Abgrund?

These regular fora address topical issues affecting Kenya and Africa in general from political, legal, social and economic angles. Hon. Eddie Cross, a Member of Parliament from Zimbabwe, was the guest speaker at the early breakfast dialogue forum held on 22nd September 2016 where the current political and economic situation in Zimbabwe were discussed. The audience comprised of interested actors from various professional backgrounds in Nairobi, including politicians, journalists, jurists, economists, scholars and members of the public.

Reflection on UNEA-2 outcomes and climate change adaptation through a multi stakeholder approach

Post-UNEA-2 Workshop for East and Southern Africa

Knowing that Africa is the most vulnerable continent with regard to the effects of climate change, the Rule of Law Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa of KAS partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Kenya, the Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) Nairobi and Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) to organise a two-day regional workshop on 20-21 September 2016 to reflect on the UNEA-2 resolutions with a focus on climate change as well as the Paris Agreement outcomes, while emphasising on the action points from these processes.