Plan International (East and Southern Africa office) based in Lusaka is leading a campaign towards ending child, early and forced marriage (CEFM). In southern Africa, the campaign, dubbed 18 +, focuses on Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

OSISA, in partnership with the Europe Union Democratic Governance Programme (EU DGP), the Paralegal Advisory Services Institute (PASI) , the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) and the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) will host a two-day workshop on 8 and 9 August 2012 in Lilongwe to deliberate on and validate a new research report and action plan in respect of adherence to custody time limits as they pertain to pre-trial detainees in Malawi.

Recent research shows that although changes in agro-food systems across Southern Africa have been primarily linked to the expansion of supermarkets and fast food chains in urban centres across the region, in rural and agrarian economies these changes are being driven by investment in upstream segments of agro-food value chains. In Changing agro-food systems: The impact of big agro-investors on food rights, a book that emerged out of a joint action research project

Research into early childhood development and education in southern Africa

The SAEF mission looked into the media coverage of the campaign period for at least two months before voting day on May 20. The monitoring of the newspapers continued during voting to the last day of the mission in Malawi on May 23.

Below are some of the examples picked up in the newspapers dealing directly or infringing directly on the set standards of ethical reporting elections:

Use of Opinion/analysis as fact and little right of reply given:

For 25 years, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has conducted pioneering research and advocacy on rape in armed conflict, including landmark studies in Bosnia, Sierra Leone and Sudan/Chad.

The Special Tribunal for Sierra Leone used PHR’s 1998 Sierra Leone study in its prosecutions. The ICC cited PHR’s documentation of war crimes in Darfur in its 2009 to 2010 proceedings.

PHR has developed a refined understanding of trauma experienced by sexual violence survivors in conflict, and their complex needs, including that for comprehensive justice.

Interim reports by the Media Monitoring Project (MMP) of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), whose data was collected by media students at the Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) and the Malawi Polytechnic and analysed by Professors Ivor Gaber of City University London and Edrinnie Kayambazinthu of Chancellor College, indicates that the print media had reported the political party campaign and the events leading up to the elections and the polls, with reasonable fairness.

Unprecedented study outlines reasons for high numbers of pre-trial detainees and recommends reforms to the criminal justice system

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