This book investigates the linkage between democracy, governance, peace and security on one hand and poverty eradication and achievement of MDGs on the other with a view to highlight the impact on human security; and whether SADC is moving in the right direction in these parameters, and if not, what concrete steps can be taken to ensure that SADC is on course! It also identifies additional knowledge required in these areas, which will enable better understanding and appreciation of challenges to poverty reduction in Southern Africa. In fact, the link between poverty, legal empowerment and pro-poor governance is gradually being accepted, but some key interrelationships between elements of these sectors remain open to debate. Alleviating poverty is too daunting a task to be just left to governments. It needs an integrated and holistic approach when working towards global peace and poverty alleviation. All stakeholders must work together for this project to be successful - above all national governments. Sadly, in the South, governments representing the people most in need of coordinated efforts and socio-economic resources, appear to be the biggest obstacle in fighting poverty. This does not mean that poverty alleviation should solely be placed in the hands of governments. However, without the will to democracy, commitment to social transformation of society and change of attitude with regards to corruption, it is hard to imagine what kind of holistic toolboxes SADC members and stakeholders can come up with that will change the status quo.
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Dr YAV KATSHUNG JOSEPH holds a doctorate of Law from the University of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a Masters degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (University of Pretoria in South Africa), another Masters in Law (University of Lubumbashi in DRC), a Diploma in Transitional Justice (ICTJ-IJR/Cape Town), an Advanced Certificate in International Law (PGGA / Centre for Human Rights: University of Pretoria), an Advanced Certificate in Peace-Building in war torn societies (ASPR), Certificates on Advanced and UN Basic Security in the Field – Staff Safety, Health, and Welfare, and a LLB in Law. He is a Professor of Law at the University of Lubumbashi and an Attorney at Law in DRC. He is also the Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Peace, Democracy, Good Governance and Conflict Resolution at the University of Lubumbashi (DRC). He has worked immensely as a researcher and consultant for many institutions in the fields of Human Rights, Democracy, Governance, Transitional Justice and Human Security. He has published numerous books and paper in French and English on Human Rights, Law, Transitional Justice, Peace, Good Governance and Democracy in scholarly journals and several forums.
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