COVID-19 and Faith - March 2020

The URDR is well placed, with its history of HIV&AIDS related work and its research on women and children's vulnerability, to play a role in assisting organisations and governments to respond effectively to the current COVID-19 crisis in ways that leave no one behind. Click here for a radio interview with Dr Selina Palm on the role of faith based organisations in the COVID pandemic and here to access global resources from their long term partner, the Joint Learning Initiative for Faith and Local Communities in collaboration with Berkeley University, USA.

Faith and Violence against Children - 2019.

Corporal punishment of children is increasingly commanding public attention with more attention played to the misuse of faith in underpinning social norms that justify these practices, Click here for a 2019 TV interview by Dr Selina Palm exploring the need to challenge this misuse in the South African context and here for a media article by the URDR which offers an alternative approach. However despite these challenges, faith can also play a role in developing spiritual capital to end violence against children as this 2020 webinar by URDR researchers showcases.

Conference on Christian Social Practices - 2018

From 3-5th July 2018, the URDR co-hosted a regional conference at Stellenbosch University entitled: "Diaconia, community and development: Exploring new theories for social justice and inclusion". The Conference Programme can be found here. This was held in partnership with the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University), Hugenote College and the University of the Western Cape). For more details on the background, aims and emphasis of the conference, click here. Papers explored  gender justice, community, politics, environmental sustainability, economic inequality and poverty,  the South-North dialogue, citizenship, the role of civil society and faith-based organisations.