Invitation to participate in SADC Research Meeting

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SPII, based in Johannesburg, is a not for profit research and policy analysis institute.  Over the last few years we have undertaken a number of research programmes that have drawn together a number of similar institutions in the SADC sub region in partnerships to undertake regional research and advocacy initiatives.  The main initiatives in this regard include the enquiry into access to socio-economic rights enjoyed by non-nationals in SADC, which was completed last year, and the Basic Needs Basket initiatives including the training that was undertaken in Namibia earlier this year.  Both of these initiatives were supported by OSISA.

Currently we have agreed to host a final meeting with partners that participated in the Socio-Economic Rights project, at which the final report will be presented.  SPII would however like to use this opportunity, knowing how busy each of your organisations are, to combine this meeting with a follow up meeting for the BNB research and network, and finally, to draw together interested organisations as experts to act as a reference team for the launch of a new project that we are undertaking that seeks to scope the feasibility of a SADC –wide Basic Income Grant funded by a tax on extractive industries, which is an initiative that we have spoken to a number of you about already.

Accordingly, we hereby invite you to a three day research meeting in Johannesburg between July 9 and 11 2012.  The meeting will follow three discrete areas of work, to which participants are invited according to their areas of interest in on-going and future collaboration.

The format of the meeting will be as follows:

Day One - 9 July 2012





11 to 1 pm

Official opening of meeting, introductions and five minute presentation on key issues of national importance in each participating country.

Five minute presentation by each country; where more than one organization is from a country, participants will be expected to co-ordinate their presentations beforehand.

Thabileng, Isobel and Heather

1 – 2




2 to 4.30

Presentation of main findings of socio-economic rights for non-nationals research report.  Open discussion – questions and comments, and interrogation of advocacy related issues emerging from the report.



Day Two – 10 July 2012

10 to 10.30

Introductions of participants and brief introduction to concept of SADC BIG

Input document: policy brief by Frye and Deacon, to be circulated and read ahead of time.

Isobel, Heather and Thabileng

10.30 to 12.00

Presentation by SPII of initial scoping exercise.



12. to 1 pm

Open discussion, interrogation of concept.



1 to 2 pm




2. to 3 pm

Continued discussion, critique of questions and assumptions, identification of further sources of data and methodology



3. to

Consideration of possible partners to the project, identification of research process and further stakeholder identification, agreement on plausible outcomes and outputs of process.



Day Three – 11 July 2012

9 – 9.30

Opening, introductions, recap of process to date

Brian, Thabileng and Heather

9.30 to 10.15

Presentation by SPII on global scoping of BNB processes, questions and comments


10.15 to 12.30

Break away groups to flesh out advocacy initiatives based on previous meeting and teleconference

Maximum four groups – topics to be selected from previously agreed list.

12.30 to 1.15pm



1.15 to 2.30 pm

Presentation of advocacy strategies, discussion and comments

Each group to have a rapporteur and scribe.

2.30 to 3pm

Agreement on possible partnerships and ways forward on BNB and related advocacy campaigns.


3 pm

Closure and departure


Please note:

  • The structure of the meeting is to accommodate Organisations that are not part of the BNB network and might wish to leave after the second day.
  • Some Organisations might have different staff members working on different topics.  If so, please bring this to our attention immediately to enable us to address possible options as soon as possible.
  • SPII will cover all travel costs and accommodation.  This includes taxi and shuttle fees, visa fees etc.  Please bring proof of expenditure with you to enable us to compensate you at the meeting.
  • Please advise of any dietary requirements ahead of time.
  • Please advise of any partners that you think we should invite who are not part of the invitation list.
  • Kindly let us know about your availability and which parts of the draft programme you will be attending as soon as possible, and no later than noon on Friday 14 June 2012 to enable us to proceed with logistics.

We do hope that you will be able to participate fully in the varied and diverse programmes, and, as always, look forward, through doing, to strengthening a sub-regional network of organisations with similar values to SPII and to promote a collaborative generation of new knowledge.

We thank OSISA and Christian Aid for making this meeting possible.

Yours sincerely

Isobel Frye (Director)



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