The global community is witnessing a new era propelled by the viral threat at our door step. In a span of two months, from March 2020 when the threat of COVID-19 became prominent, the world has been thrown into a state of crisis and forced to adapt in order to survive. This newsletter contains thoughts around how civil society, the leaders and the government can work together to move forward and use the opportunities that come with COVID-19 to plan and secure a better future, not only in matters of the public’s socio-economic wellbeing, but also in-terms of biodiversity and environmental wellbeing. It’s also important to learn how various actors have been adapting and the different methods they have been applying to ensure that their work continues to bring about the desired objectives, not only in-terms of monitoring the use of resources, but also in facilitating teaching and learning to relevant stakeholders. Therefore, in this newsletter, PSAM staff and partners share their opinion pieces and experiences with an aim to bring about awareness, solidarity and encourage innovative engagement to fight COVID-19 and improve lives.
On 22 May, members of our community of practice of social accountability practitioners in Sub-Saharan Africa wrote a letter to the Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Representing organisations in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, we call on the SADC Secretariat to bring our COVID-19 related concerns to the attention of all SADC member states.
Read the full letter which outlines recommendation for ways in which regional leaders can fulfil their obligations to safeguard human rights and lives during this period: Endorsed Open Letter to SADC Secretariat_22 May 2020.
The letter was endorsed by the following individuals and organisations:
1. The Public Service Accountability Monitor, South Africa
2. The Rural Health Advocacy Project, South Africa
3. Policy Forum, Tanzania
4. Mr. Richard Msittu, Tanzania
5. Transparency International Zambia (TIZ), Zambia.
6. Alliance for Accountability Advocates Zambia (AAAZ), Zambia.
7. Caritas Zambia, Zambia.
8. Alliance for Community Action (ACA), Zambia.
9. Parliamentary Budget Office of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe.
10. Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust (SAPST), Zimbabwe.
11. United Purpose, Mozambique.
12. Manual Chifunga, Mozambican Parliament, Mozambique
13. Mr. Andrew Mpesi, Wisdam Consulting, Malawi
The Public Service Accountability Monitor is a member of the Makhanda Circle of Unity; an inclusive multistakeholder forum established to promote the socio-economic development of the City and its surrounds. The Circle brings together all interested voices in a spirit of problem solving, partnership and civic participation. The PSAM supports the Circle’s fundraising efforts to tackle the devastating impacts of COVID-19.
Read the Full Press Release here: Circle of Unity Press Release
Read the Letter from the Circle of Unity co- convenors, Dr. Vicentia Kgabe and Prof Owen Skae here: Makhanda Solidarity Day
Download the posters about the event here: Fast_for_Makhanda_posters (1)
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The Very Reverend Dr Andrew Hunter, Dean of the Cathedral
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The Revd Dr Canon Vicentia Kgabe, Joint Chair of Makhanda Circle of Unity and Rector College of Transfiguration
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Professor Owen Skae, Joint Chair of Makhanda Circle of Unity and Director of Rhodes Business School
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