Strengthening the Web of Relationships for Peace
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.