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We Walked Together: Community engaged research with the San as First people of Southern Africa

June 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

Inspired by quest for new dispute resolution paradigms appropriate to developing countries, Dr Andreas Velthuizen from the Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa (IDRA), University of South Africa (Unisa) will be doing a one hour presentation and discussion on community engaged participatory research on the dispute resolution practices, processes and mechanisms of communities he conducted the past more than five years with the San (the First People of Southern Africa). The aim of the presentation is to share lessons learned from the research process that he applied.  This aim will be achieved by presenting the concept “equal partnership research”, implying that:

  • Communities should be equal partners in determining the research plan
  • That success of a community research project is determined by authentic relationships between the researcher and the community
  • Specific research methods are cultural sensitive
  • The community-owns a process that merges community, university and practitioners knowledge
  • The main output is collaborative solutions to serve the interests of the community
  • That the community develops as a “site of knowledge” in intra-action with broader society where mutual learning takes place and joint development strategies are formulated
  • Knowledge from “a community site of knowledge” should be integrated into teaching and learning, included in publications and the development of grounded and engaged theory.

The presentation will be elucidated by a selection of pictures on research activities with the San people.

DR ANDREAS (DRIES) VELTHUIZEN is National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher and Acting Head of the Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa, Unisa where he is doing trans-disciplinary research in endogenous knowledge management for dispute resolution and violent conflict prevention in Africa. In this capacity, he published in academic journals and books, co-authored one book and presented at academic conferences and workshop on all the continents in the world. His qualifications include a D Litt et Phil degree from Unisa for a dissertation with the title “The Management of Knowledge: A Model for the African Renaissance” as well as a MA Degree in Strategic Studies. His research approach is to develop community sites of knowledge by means of community-engaged participatory research. His current focus is on the conflict and dispute resolution practices of post-conflict communities, including that of the San people as First Nation of Southern Africa. Dr Velthuizen is also playing a leading role in the training of election officials in the management of democratic elections in Africa, as well as policy and strategy writing for public service institutions. He is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and an active member of the Rotary E-club of District 9400.


The presentation will be dedicated in memoriam of the Reverend Kapilolo Mario Feliciano Mahongo, Traditional Leader of the !kun,  who passed on in a motor accident on 12 May 2018



June 22
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Upper Library
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada