ASONET seeks to establish network of organizations and individuals committed to conflict resolution in communities. ASONET established in 2014 on the basis of dealing with conflicts that occur in communities across South Africa
ASONET is a strong network movement that amplifies the voices of communities and links them to policy makers at different levels through a focus on; human and people’s rights, capacity building, lobbying and advocacy, people to people solidarity, development, grassroots mobilization, building organizations and movements, facilitating dialogue, training and initiating innovative forms of organizing.
We walk with communities and organizations to get the support we need for our strength and development. We’re involved in this work for a long term sharing ideas, information, skills, knowledge and opportunities for joint work.
ASONET partners, members, and regional bases throughout the country are committed to the following broad vision, mission, and values as they carry out organic conflict resolution strategies developed in response to local conditions.
A network of individuals and organizations built on shared values, working with communities and committed to positive action to conflict prevention and build a world of justice and peace, where basic needs are met, and human rights and dignity are respected.
To promote people-centered approaches to resolving conflicts through a process of learning, sharing and working together at all levels and to do this in a way that builds trust and creates a culture of peace.
- Justice, equity and peace
- Non-violence and solidarity
- Awareness, sensitivity and empathy
- Tolerance and respect for human dignity
- Universal human and people’s rights
- High quality of work and effectiveness
- Cooperation and collaboration
- Celebration of the richness of diversity
- Commitment to environmental awareness and active responsibility
- Openness, accountability and transparency
Large parts of the country are still caught up in an ongoing cycle of deep-rooted or protracted social conflict. The transition processes that have sought to bring an end to violence at national and regional levels have often not been able to effectively contain the residual forms of tension that accompany political and economic periods of transition. The effect of change processes on communities inevitably leads to volatile contexts in which local level disputes can quickly spiral into widespread forms of escalated tension and violence.
Several contexts across South Africa continue to be characterized by residual conflicts and tension connected to poorly managed integration processes, including, ineffective reconciliation efforts and an insensitive handling of justice issues. Recognizing the fragility of state institutions and structures is central to understanding why so many mediated outcomes do not appear to be able to prevent communities and national contexts from slipping back into recurring cycles of violent crisis..
With millions of people living in poverty on the country, growing economic inequality that appears to be exacerbated by unequal economic development, and high levels of unemployment, the conditions are rife to make people, and youth in particular, vulnerable to external manipulation by stakeholders that benefit from instability and the lawlessness that often accompanies periods of violence.
This analysis informs the basis of the three core strategies of the ASONET, which guide its projects and focus areas:
ASONET aims to create and explore opportunities that strengthen partnerships horizontally amongst civil society formations and between civil society and the stakeholders from within government and the private sector that affect the lives of the communities they are working with. These new forms of innovative collaborative partnership are intended to enable grassroots civil society to engage more effectively with policy makers at national, regional and international levels.
ASONET uses a conflict prevention approach to facilitate training and learning processes amongst individuals, organizations and communities across the country continent, to inform, empower, connect and strengthen a pool of active conflict prevention practitioners.
ASONET supports communities in the region through transformative workshops, campaigning, strengthening networks and promoting functional partnerships. ASONET supports initiatives that recognize that transformation requires a collective effort from everybody committed to peace, democracy and human and people’s rights and a deepened understanding of people-to-people solidarity.BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
We are a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) working on the issues of African migration and social cohesion in Durban, province of Kwa Zulu Natal.
To come together as one nation but with different country nationals in order to address
Issues that affect migrants with one voice and one recognized structure.