Kabir Bavikatte and Gino Cocchiaro (Natural Justice) attended the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) Economic Justice Partners Meeting from 30-31 May. The meeting was attended by approximately 50 participants from Southern Africa who have been working with OSISA’s Economic Justice Division to address various issues facing the region. The meeting heard from a number of participants who shared their experiences and engaged in vibrant discussion on areas such as: economic governance in Southern Africa; poverty and inequality; debt, aid and trade; public participation in aid and budget monitoring; the role of the consumer rights movements in monitoring economic governance in the region; natural resource rights and governance; and climate change, COP 17 and beyond. Natural Justice was invited to present on its work in Africa on community protocols, the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing, and the emerging discourse on biocultural rights.
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