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ESSET Trains informal traders from the SADC region

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The Ecumenical Service for Socio Economic Transformation (ESSET) organised a SADC regional meeting on ICBT. The meeting was used to pilot the training materials that ESSET formulated from their consultations and engagements with traders. About 30 traders from Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa attended the meeting. A training manual was piloted and the traders made inputs on its contents. The second part of the meeting was used to assist traders to develop strategies of strengthening their associations on national and regional levels.

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Women in Informal Cross Border Trade

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Economic Justice Network (EJN) was among 20 participants from the region; Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and the DRC and representatives of COMESA and the SADC Secretariat who took part in a meeting organized by UNWomen.  Participants included representatives of governments, women traders organisations, faith groups and RECs.  The main aim of organising this meeting was contribute to UN Women’s work and focus on Women in Informal Cross Border Traders (WICBT) in the southern Africa region.

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CSOs challenge governments, investors

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Civil society organisations in the SADC region have called on governments and mine investors to address all forms of injustices in the extractive sector starting with the issue of ownership to ensure that natural resources bring meaningful development. This came to light at the  Just World Conference was organized by the Bench Marks Foundation, Norwegian Church Aid and Fredskorpset (FK) Norway at Willow Park Conference Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa from the 29th to 31st October 2012.

 

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Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis

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World Food Day 2012Rev. Malcolm Damon, EJN's Executive Director recently visited Seinajoki, Finland where he took part in a Seminar of Finnish Evangelical Mission (FELM) on Food Security on the 15th of October 2012. In commemoration of world food day which was on the 16th of October Rev Damon explained that about “100 million children under the age of 5 are underweight, which means they cannot grow sufficiently and therefore will not be able to reach their full potential in life. They are already disadvantaged before they have even started to participate in life.” The UN theme for 2012 is ‘Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis’, and seeks to look at the effects of the recent financial crisis on hunger across the planet. Read speech here.

 



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