Social and Environment Change knowledge co-creation with CoGTA


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Democracy Works Foundation (DWF) is excited to announce a collaborative knowledge co-creation initiative in partnership with the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) on the 28th and the 1st of March 2023 in Centurion.

The engagement is around Social and Environment Change, which is part of the Climate Change challenges communities face.   CoGTA has an important role in managing Disasters through communities, so it is essential that its members are fully appraised on climate change to support municipalities and the communities they serve.

This initiative is part of the Foundation’s commitment to supporting good climate change governance through the Fostering Inclusive Growth through Climate Change Champions project. The project aims to enhance Civil Society participation in municipal and private sector decision-making processes within the climate change and development nexus, within the context of the Just Transition. Supporting and building knowledge around municipal climate change-related public participation mandates is a key component of the project.

The Foundation appreciates CoGTA as a key stakeholder and strategic partner. Their role is to support municipalities and Traditional Leaders in delivering their mandates and responsibilities and strengthen cooperative governance, which aligns with the Foundation’s climate change initiative. CoGTA also hosts the National Disaster Management Centre, a key institution in supporting communities against known climate change impacts, such as the floods currently threatening lives and livelihoods in large parts of the country.

The training objectives are:

  • To improve the understanding of the relationships between the environment and society and
  • To co-create knowledge on how CoGTA can contribute to the adaptation and resilience of municipalities and communities.

The training aims to align efforts from various spheres of government to understand future challenges to come.

The planned outcomes of the training are as follows:

  • How is the Earth changing, and what does this mean for society
  • Getting to the root of our societal problems
  • How is transformation possible
  • What is possible, and how do we play a role
  • What are the systems and structures that need to change society
  • What are the democratic and governance Systems that will deliver a just world

The FIG CCC project is co-funded by the European Union and runs from March 2021 until February 2024 in the Northern Cape and Western Cape provinces of South Africa.

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Mira has 15 years of research, advocacy, capacity building, media production, and programme management experience and has worked across Southern Africa, in Northern Ireland, and the United States. Her work is focused on good governance and community-driven accountability and has covered areas such as children’s rights, human rights-based budgeting, and government spending, extractive industries and environmental rights as well as fundraising and grant. Her work has been published in books, peer-reviewed journals, and popular media outlets. LinkTV, MNet, the UK Guardian, the Mail&Guardian, and others have published her media work. She has an LL.B (bachelor of law) and an LL.M - Masters in International Human Rights law. Mira is passionate about social justice, human rights, and sustainable development and continues to explore new and innovative approaches to bring about positive change.

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