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  • Grassroots organisations act in their own names and are accompanied in their own advocacy and development.
  • The work of livelihoods groups has improved food security as a result of their food production and micro enterprises.
  • Our work and our practice seek to enhance human dignity.

PACSA documenting their practice

PACSA documenting their practice

PACSA staff met for three days in March 2015 to begin a process to document our current practice. Emerging from our reflections are the following practice statements: 'We walk together in a co-created journey while engaging in a meaningful conversation towards supporting movement for social change.' 'We are in genuine relationships of solidarity with groups which respect our individual autonomy based on share principles of dignity, social just, being fully human.'

The future of the Food System in South Africa

The future of the Food System in South Africa

Four scenarios examining possible futures of the food system in SA was launched at the University of Witwatersrand's, Johannesburg, on the 11th March 2015. These scenarios were developed by a group of 50 South African coming from diverse backgrounds and located at different places in the food system.

Is the KZN pilot of the National Health Insurance making a difference?

A discussion was held on Wednesday 25th March, facilitated by the NHI Research Team, to reflect on whether the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) is making a difference to people living in uMgungundlovu District – a pilot site for the NHI. Participants in the process had taken part in a discussion on the public health care system two years ago and particularly around how the NHI as an instrument to deliver improvements was constituted.

ATD Fourth World movement members visit PACSA

ATD Fourth World movement members visit PACSA

Genevieve and Bruno Tardieu from the ATD Fourth World movement (www.atd-fourthworld.org) inParis visited PACSA last week. Genevieve and Bruno took time out of their three month sabbatical at the Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU), at the University of Cape Town, to join us for a conversation on our work and the politics that informs our practice.

The future of the Food System in South Africa

Four scenarios examining possible futures of the food system in SA was launched at the University of Witwatersrand's, Johannesburg, on the 11th March 2015. These scenarios were developed by a group of 50 South African coming from diverse backgrounds and located at different places in the food system.

Are South African men at the receiving end of an unevenly applied human rights paradigm?

Are South African men at the receiving end of an unevenly applied human rights paradigm?

In certain sections of our society and amongst certain men's movements it is common to put the blame for unemployment amongst men and other issues on the 'equal rights' our constitution grant men and women. In order to open a conversation on this issue the uMphithi Men's Network conducted a reflection session with 34 men in the Mkhambathini area on the 22nd of March 2015.

Release of Barefoot Guide 4: Exploring the Real Work of Social Change

Release of Barefoot Guide 4: Exploring the Real Work of Social Change

The Barefoot Guide 4: Exploring the Real Work of Social Change was released at the World Social Forum in Tunis recently and explores questions, experiences and learnings, from practice, relating to the 'real work of social change.' Included in this publication are reflections from PACSA's practice as well as the struggles and experiences of two of our community partners, the Electricity Action Group and the National Health Insurance Research Team.

Advocating for a National Strategic Plan to end gender-based violence

Advocating for a National Strategic Plan to end gender-based violence

42 CSO’s from across South Africa, including PACSA, met in Cape Town in February to discuss and strategize around advocating government to adopt a National Strategic Plan to end gender-based violence. The meeting provided an opportunity for strategic engagement around how best to move forward in building a common response to GBV in the country.

About PACSA

PACSA is an independent, faith-based, non-governmental organisation that has worked to achieve social and economic justice for over 30 years. PACSA works for improved social cohesion as inequality and poverty is reduced in communities in the uMgungundlovu District in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

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