Our losses and gains because of Covid-19. Network Conference Southern Africa - Germany

Datum: 08.05.2021
Uhrzeit: 10:00 - 15:30
Ort: online
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We are a growing community of persons working in part-nership programs, be it between schools in SADC countries and Germany, universities, NGOs, church-based organiza-tions, municipalities, etc. In one way or another, we have all been active in solidarity work over many years.
The SADC region contains a lot of multifaceted, consequen-tial (colonial) histories that have shaped and are still shaping relations to this very day. In addition, people have experi-enced discrimination and exclusion during times of crisis, before and after national independence or during globaliza-tion. Bearing in mind that for the Germans among us, 8th May is an important date. It marks the end of WWII as sur-render or liberation – depending on the perspective which always has influenced our solidarity work. But the historical links from Germany to Southern Africa have weakened, the Anti-Apartheid movement which united many from East and West has been superseded by subsequent movements aiming to combat other evils in German society and beyond: rightwing nationalism, xenophobia, racism, Semitism, Zion-ism, etc.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many of our activities, events and travels were cancelled. We have been forced to think out of the box, to explore new ways of expressing our commitment in order to strengthen and expand our activi-ties. The different ways in which we were affected by the pandemic sensitized us once again for issues which affect our lives economically, socially and politically irrespective of the country we live in.
As Solidarity Network, consisting of members from the SADC region and Germany, we want to hold our first SGSN conference in May - online, due to travel restrictions.
Our losses and gains because of Covid-19
On 8 May we want to create a space for discus-sions and get-together in order to reflect on the losses and the gains which Covid-19 has brought about for us, but above all for our partnerships. The conference offers a (first) possibility of estab-lishing contact and informal networking for indi-viduals and organizations who are involved in var-ious areas or partnerships or who promote the exchange of pupils and students.


Father Michael Lapsley, Anglican and social justice activist.

Ms Colleen Cunningham, Unity Women's Sub Desk Coordinator for the Moravian Women's Association in South Africa

Rev. Heike Bosien, Executive Director of Service for Mission, Ecumenism and Development (DiMOE) in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Württemberg, Germany

Presented by

Evangelical Mission in Solidarity Evangelische Mission in Solidarität e.V. (EMS) 
Ecumenical Service on Southern Africa Kirchliche Arbeitsstelle Südliches Afrika (KASA)
World University Service e. V. (WUS) 
Service for Mission, Ecumenism and Development Dienste für Mission, Ökumene und Entwicklung (DiMOE)