Spinning Peace in Africa

Strengthening the Web of Relationships for Peace

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A Southern African Collaboration

csvrThe Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation

 CSVR is a multi-disciplinary institute involved in research, policy formation, community interventions, service delivery, education and training, as well as providing consultancy services. The primary goal of CSVR is to use its expertise in building reconciliation, democracy and a human rights culture and in preventing violence in South Africa and in other countries in Africa.

Initially launched in January 1989 under the name of the Project for the Study of Violence, the CSVR has since expanded to become a multi-disciplinary unit, engaging the services of sociologists, psychologists, criminologists, social workers, lawyers, educationalists, historians, etc. – all under one roof.

The CSVR is concerned with policy formation, implementation, service delivery, education and training, as well as providing consultancy services.

The CSVR also operates its own Trauma Clinic providing counselling services for both victims and perpetrators of violence. As such, in its fields of violence, reconciliation and conflict management, and in its ability to integrate many different disciplines in this field, the CSVR is unique in the world.

For more information about CSVR, please visit our website here.

zlhrZimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights

ZLHR seeks foster a culture of human rights in Zimbabwe and to encourage the growth and strengthening of human rights at all levels of Zimbabwean society. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  1. To strive to protect, promote, deepen and broaden the human rights provisions in the Constitution of Zimbabwe;
  2. To strive for the implementation and protection in Zimbabwe of international human rights norms as contained in important sub-regional, regional and international human rights instruments;
  3. To strive for the adoption of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) Charter on Human Rights and to develop and/or strengthen the implementing mechanisms;
  4. To endeavor to find common ground with and to work alongside other Zimbabwean groups, organisations, activists and persons who share a broadly similar concern for and interest in human rights;
  5. To liaise and work with other human rights groups wherever situated but particularly in Southern Africa, and especially those closely linked to the legal profession;
  6. To do all other things necessary to promote and protect human rights, the rule of law and separation of powers in Zimbabwe and the region.

In 2007, ZLHR received the first ever Freedom Defender’s Award for their exceptional courage and leadership in the defence of human rights.

ZLHR practises in a wide range of human rights advocacy areas including public interest and international litigation, human rights training and civic education, institution-building and reform and providing specific protection and support to human rights defenders in Zimbabwe.

For more information about ZLHR, visit our website here.

The Guides Along the Way

UndineDr Undine Whande, Senior Specialist Conflict Transformation and Organisational Learning, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), South Africa

Undine Whande has worked as a practitioner in conflict transformation and social change since 1995. Born in Germany she has lived and worked continuously in the SADC region since the mid-nineties. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town. In the often very challenging context of political and social transition in post-1994 South Africa, Dr. Whande developed her expertise as a conflict mediator, coach and facilitator in social change processes. She has worked with people from a wide variety of social and economic backgrounds and from different regions of the world. Her approach in accompanying people in their professional and personal development, and growth through conflict and change, is strongly rooted in principles of respect, recognition and valuing each individual biography and life journey. Her current work is grounded in phenomenological approaches and systems theory. She serves as the Senior Specialist in Conflict Transformation and Organisational Learning for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) and works as a Systemic Leadership Coach. She currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa with her Husband and three children.

SONY DSCGhalib Galant, SynergyWorks, Cape Town

Ghalib Galant is the Director of SynergyWorks, an established consultancy in labour law and conflict transformation. A former full-time Commissioner with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration in Cape Town, he focused on the management of disputes in a labour context. In addition, he conducted internal training courses for Commissioners and other staff of the CCMA.

Ghalib has extensive experience in community conflict resolution, training and process design as well as policy formulation and institution-building.

He is the current Chair of the Board of the Parliamentary Monitoring Group, a non-governmental organisation based in Cape Town promoting open democracy and greater public participation in the legislative processes of South Africa. He was also a founder member of the Alternative to Violence Project in South Africa in 1997. In addition to holding an LLB from the University of Cape Town, he also holds a 4th degree black belt in Aikido, a nonviolent martial art.

His own journey with working at the nexus of conflict and human rights started in the mid- to late-1990s working with the Centre for Conflict Resolutions Human Rights and Conflict Management Programme Team; since then he has worked at that interface nationally, regionally and internationally.


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Contact Us

Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation

Johannesburg Office:

4th Floor, Braamfontein Centre, 23 Jorissen Street,
Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa
P O Box 30778, Braamfontein, JHB, 2017
Tel: +27 (11) 403-5650
Fax: +27 (11) 339-6785
e-mail: info@csvr.org.za

Cape Town Office:

501 Premier Centre, 451 Main Road,
Observatory, 7925
Tel: +27 (21) 447-2470


Tel +27 (21) 447-3661

e-mail: info@csvr.org.za

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights
Address: 6th Floor Beverley Court
100 Corner Nelson Mandela Avenue and Fourth Street
Box CY 1393, Causeway
Harare, Zimbabwe

Telephone: (+263 4 764085); (+263 4) 251468 ;
(+263 4) 705370 ;(+263 4) 708118

Fax: (+263 4 705641)

Mobile Hotline: (+263 772 257 247)

Website enquiries (+263 773 855 611)
E-mail: info@zlhr.org.zw
Website: www.zlhr.org.zw

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