The African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (ACCEDE) was established within the School of Government in September 2007. ACCEDE serves as an organisational and mobilisation space for students and researchers who are involved in activist and research based policy networks that highlight a critical examination of the factors and policy environments which support or inhibit the development of a more inclusive citizenship in Africa and in the global South.
Within the School of Government and the EMS Faculty, the Centre operates as an organising space for the generation of research themes and questions, as well as for the mobilisation of researchers, and for fundraising and networking. ACCEDE draws on academic researchers from UWC and elsewhere who will participate in specific research programmes. Research Fellows are drawn from Africa and elsewhere, and the Centre also hosts a number of PhD and Postgraduate students working on related research, subject to funding.
Lisa Thompson will attend the upcoming 2017 BRICS Academic Forum in Fuzhou, in China. The theme of the conference is “Pooling Wisdom and Efforts towards Common Development and a Brighter Future”. The conference will address BRICS continued existence in multilateral economic diplomacy and global economic governance against the backdrop of downward economic pressures and the rising socio-political undercurrents calling for an end to globalisation. Professor Thompson will be attending as part of the panel of experts from the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) BRICS Think Tank.
Between 23-24th September 2017, Fudan University School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA) will be hosting their 2nd International Symposium on Development and Governance in the BRICS, to be held at Fudan University, Shanghai. Lisa Thompson has been invited to attend and will be presenting a paper entitled: Special Economic Zones in South Africa: Examining the Role of Chinese International Development Assistance (IDA) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the promotion of collective development strategies.
Research and activism during political turmoil in Brazil, India and South Africa, authoritarianism in China and Russia, and renewed aggression from the United States. A workshop at the Alternative Information and Development Centre co-hosted with the UWC African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, Wits School of Governance and National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences BRICS Think Tank 147 Rochester St, Observatory, Cape Town
Lisa Thompson and Pamela Tsolekile de Wet recently presented a paper entitled BRICS Development Strategies: Exploring the meaning of BRICS ‘community’ and
‘collective action’ in the Context of BRICS State Led Cooperation in South Africa at the International Symposium on Development and Governance in the BRICS, 24-25 September 2016, Fudan University, Shanghai. The paper will be available on the website shortly.
Pamela Tsolekile-de Wet and Lisa Thompson, The Role of Social Movements in Making Local Government Decision-Making Processes More Inclusive – A case study of Sivukile Sonele Social Movement in Langa, Cape Town, Draft paper presented at the Association of South African schools and Departments of Public Administration (ASSADPAM)Annual Conference October 26-27 2016, Cape Town.
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The Centre prioritises engagement in policy analysis and advocacy. Regular workshops are held with policy makers in government and NGO and CBO networks. The Centre also work closely together with community groups and social movements. See news and forthcoming events for regular updates.
The Centre also contributes to postgraduate teaching at the School on globalisation, global governance and development; and citizenship, development and democracy.