ACTION Support Centre

Contact Type Organisation Nickname ASC
For Front-page usage CiviCRM ID11992
Main Email
info@asc.org.za
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Main Website
Main Phone
011 482 7442
Other Phone
011 482 2453
Main Fax
011 482 2484
Main Address
Number 4 Clamart House,
12 Clamart Road,
Richmond, GT 2092
South Africa
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Preferred Language
English (United States)
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Both
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Organisation Type
NGO
Vision
ACTION for Conflict Transformation is a global network of individuals and organisations built on shared values, working with communities and committed to positive action to transform conflict and build a world of justice and peace, where basic needs are met, and human rights and dignity are respected.
Mission
To promote people-centered approaches to transforming conflicts through a process of learning, sharing and working together at all levels and to do this in a way that builds trust and creates a culture of peace.
Organisation Annual Budget
2,600,000.00
Number of Full Time Staff
5
Number of Part Time Staff
1
Number of Volunteers
10
Please select max 4
Advocacy and Awareness, Conflict Resolution, Democracy and Governance, Human Rights, Refugees, Welfare and Social Development
Head Office Province
Gauteng
Provinces Served
South Africa (All Provinces), Africa, International
Projects
The Action Support Centre has three core strategies which guide our projects and focus areas. 1. The Peace and Development Platform (PAD). PAD was initiated after consultations with over 60 organisations and individuals working within the Southern African region. Using the momentum behind preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), participating individuals and organisations came together behind four objectives: - To build a non-violent culture of peace and transform structural barries to sustainable development. - To promote peace, justice and demilitarisation as the focal issues of development debates at the WSSD and beyond. - To create an inclusive long-term coalition that will strengthen programmes of peace and justice in the global civil society movement. - To provide opportunities for grassroots voices and concerns to be heard by policy makers and decision takers at all levels. 2. Skills and Strategies for change (SSC). SSC initiatives use a conflict transformation approach to facilitate training and learning processes with individuals, organisations and communities across the African continent. Programmes include the acclaimed Applied Conflict Transformation course and a range of regional capacity building initiatives, which seek to empower and develop individuals, communities and organisations. This programmatic work is also underpinned by a research component. Objectives • To build and strengthen a pool of Conflict Transformation practitioners that are well informed and equipped to respond to the urgent needs of communities faced with, and or, emerging from violent conflict. • To serve as a resource for African wisdom and expertise able to respond effectively to the deep-rooted social conflicts across the continent. • To connect people working for peace and development, human rights and social transformation, in Anglophone, Lusophone and Francophone countries throughout Africa. • To enhance and empower youth and women in contributing the significance of their particular experiences. Regional Capacity Building Initiatives involve a range of extended learning and exchange programmes which address inequalities in society through the promotion of a conflict transformation approach that includes the promotion and defense of socio-economic, human and peoples rights. • To deepen an analytical understanding of structural inequality as a root cause of conflict through the promotion of experiential learning exchanges. • To foster a regional culture of people-to-people solidarity and reciprocal learning through facilitated field visits. • To build awareness of human and peoples rights, including the promotion of mutual respect for rights and an understanding of the responsibilities this entails. 3. The Solidarity and Advocacy Agenda (STA) STA promotes and strengthens initiatives that recognise that freedom is indivisible, and that transformation requires a collective effort from everybody committed to sustainable peace, democracy and human rights. The Support Centre currently hosts the Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum, a network of progressive South African civil society organisations, and provides support to the Swaziland Democracy Campaign and serves as the communication hub of the campaign. The ASC also initiated the Somali Solidarity Campaign. There are 5 key programme components: Building linkages: Central to this is building a culture of people to people solidarity, relationship strengthening and encouraging coordination and collaboration between initiatives. Advocacy and Lobbying for Peace and Human Security: Including campaigns, mobilisation and formal and informal meetings between civil society and policy makers. Policy analysis and information sharing: Demystifying and raising awareness around existing policies, their strengths and their flaws. Action Research: Articulating the impact of policies on marginalised groups and amplifying the lived experiences of people affected by violence and conflict. Direct Nonviolent Action: Specifically around xenophobia in South Africa, including long term programmes aimed at changing behaviours and attitudes and establishing systems and structures that can analyse, anticipate and prevent all forms of violence. Linking into and supporting action aimed at applying pressure for social transformation at a policy level and for improvements to the day to day conditions facing vulnerable sections of society changing attitudes and behaviours and establishing systems and structures that can analyse, anticipate and prevent all forms of violence.
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Network Name
Swaziland Democracy Campaign
Network Phone
Network Website
www.swazidemocracy.org