– is a digital commons not a magazine – a public service on the web not a commodity
– is an independent, public interest, not-for-profit; a counter to the corporate media
– champions human rights
– seeks out and debates forms of democratic change
– delights in good ideas vigorously debated and argument backed by investigation
– critiques vested interests
– supports pluralist inclusion without populism and tries to a give voice to those marginalised
– tries neither to blink at the crisis of government nor cultivate alarmism
– opposes fundamentalisms, including market fundamentalism
– regards the freedom and liberty of others as our own
– practices ‘openness’, rather than grasp at stultifying ‘neutrality’
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– supports peace-making and reconciliation
– is committed to global education and encouraging good and creative writing
– welcomes a range of forms to enable us to respond swiftly and interrogate deeply
The openDemocracy model
We have an open, federal organisation that reflects our values in the architecture of the website and the way we operate, with Sections that are editorially independent, do their own publishing and raise their own funding – while the Main Site publishes on all general issues, inspires and hosts new debates, encourages guest editors and manages production and the business side.
The African Centre for Cities (ACC) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching programme focussed on quality scholarship regarding the dynamics of unsustainable urbanization processes in Africa, with an eye on identifying systemic responses.
The ACC seeks to facilitate critical urban research and policy discourses for the promotion of vibrant, democratic and sustainable urban development in the global South from an African perspective.
In mid 2007, UCT Signature Theme funding was awarded to the Cities in Africa Project, which was a collaborative venture between the Faculties of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE), Science and Humanities. The initiative is located within the EBE Faculty. The Signature Theme builds on an interdisciplinary network of academics across these three faculties, which emerged during 2005 and 2006, and which was supported in 2006 by EBE funding. This network in turn, had emerged as a result of an initiative by the Ove Arup Foundation, which had committed funds towards the establishment of an interdisciplinary masters programme in EBE (Urban Infrastructure Design and Management) in 2005, on the understanding that faculty staff would raise further funding for a related research initiative. In 2007, the proposed new director of the Theme was also granted an NRF Research Chair in Urban Policy, allowing the alignment of these two initiatives. Professor Edgar Pieterse was appointed to lead the Theme and take up the Chair, and he took up office in August 2007. Since then, there has been a process to rename the initiative as the African Centre for Cities to denote the focus on urban research in the global South but from an African perspective. The ACC is a response to the growing recognition world-wide of the importance of cities, and particularly cities in the developing world. In South Africa this is reflected in the increasingly urban emphasis in policy documents at both national and provincial level. The sense is one of impending crisis, with the realisation that rapid urbanisation also raises issues of adequate food supply, affordable shelter, employment opportunities, water and waste management, public transportation, crime and disease, and environmental degradation and climate change.
About SERI ~ SERI is a section 21 not-for-profit organisation providing professional, dedicated and expert socio-economic rights assistance to individuals, communities and social movements in the form of rigorous applied research, engagement with government, policy/legal advocacy and reform, civil society coordination/mobilisation and public interest litigation. Our thematic areas are: housing and evictions; access to basic services (water, sanitation, electricity); and political space.
List of housing/evictions-related legislation and policy: http://www.seri-sa.org/housing-and-evictions/policy-and-legislation/
forbes.com – Last year in the Indian city of Chennai, more than half a million people suddenly appeared from out of nowhere. These men, women and children weren’t rural migrants who had just moved to the city. Neither were they incomers from somewhere else in the world. They were slum dwellers who had lived in the city for generations. It’s just that no-one had bothered to notice them.
Sanghoon Jung. Du Huynh & Peter G. Rowe –The pattern of foreign property investment in Vietnam: The apartment market in Ho Chi Minh City
Manoj Roy –Planning for sustainable urbanisation in fast growing cities: Mitigation and adaptation issues addressed in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Allison Goebel – Sustainable urban development? Low-cost housing challenges in South Africa
Insluiten of heenzenden ~ Problematische GHB-gebruikers op politiebureaus, in bewaring en in verzekering
Dit onderzoek is uitgevoerd door het Bonger Instituut voor Criminologie, Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, in opdracht van het Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek- en Documentatiecentrum (WODC) van het ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie. Rozenberg Publishers 2012. ISBN 978 90 361 0329 9.
Mevrouw dr. M.W. van Laar (voorzitter) – Trimbos-instituut, Utrecht
Mevrouw drs. A.L. Daalder – WODC, Den Haag
De heer K.J. Molthof – Ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie, Directie Sanctie- en Preventiebeleid
Mevrouw M.A. Zaal – Regiopolitie Hollands Midden
– Wel of niet insluiten
– Doel en onderzoeksvragen
– GHB en GHB-gebruik
– Problematisch GHB-gebruik
2. Politie en GHB-gebruikers
– Variatie in problematiek
– Op welke tijdstippen en waar doen de problemen zich voor?
– Grootste probleem bij aanpak GHB-problematiek.
3. Profiel van GHB-Gebruikers
– Typen problematische GHB-gebruikers
– Variatie tussen en binnen provincies
– Geslacht, etniciteit en leeftijd
– Samenvatting en conclusie
4. Instroom bij politie
– Unieke personen en totale aantallen in 2010 en 2011
– Naar een landelijk beeld
– Samenvatting en conclusie
5. Insluiten of heenzenden
– Beoordeling GHB-gebruik
– De grens tussen insluiting en heenzending
– Insluitingen in 2010 en 2011
– Heenzending op medisch advies
– Speciale penitentiaire voorzieningen
– Samenvatting en conclusie
6. Overleg en samenwerking
– Overleg tussen politie en andere partijen over GHB-problematiek
– Inschakelen van arts bij GHB-gebruikers
– Medische voorzieningen voor detoxificatie
– Conclusie, knelpunten en verbeterpunten
7. Samenvatting en conclusie
– Problematische GHB-gebruikers
– Vier typen problematische GHB-gebruikers die in aanraking komen met de politie
– Aantallen problematische GHB-gebruikers die in aanraking komen met de politie
– Insluiten of heenzenden
– Celcapaciteit voor problematische GHB-gebruikers
– Samenwerking, knelpunten en verbeterpunten
Bijlage: Vragenlijst GHB Arrestanten