CUZ Conferences

27 FEBRUARY 2018 - 1 March 2018, HARARE ZW


The conference will examine the reality of migration on the African continent and its impact on development in Southern Africa with a view to influencing policies that serve the common good and that promote dialog and collaboration between sending and receiving countries.

Concept Note

According to the International Organisation for Migration IOM (2015) the number of people residing in a country other than their country of birth has reached record levels, totaling 244 million in 2015, up by 41 per cent since 2000. This vast movement of people on the planet is largely unplanned and unregulated, opening the door to human trafficking to which many migrants fall prey particularly the African continent.

Given this reality, the conference seeks to analyse the impact of migration on development and social cohesion on the African continent with special emphasis on Southern Africa. It aims to provide an ethical and human rights framework for considering this phenomenon in its varying aspects. Given the linkage between sending and receiving countries, the conference invites us to view migration through the lens of the “common good”, one of the main principles of the social teachings of the Catholic Church.

With a view to gaining a deeper understanding of the phenomenon and also offering suggestions for mitigating the impact, the conference will interrogate some of the following questions:

How does this movement speak to the failure of development policies to provide adequately for the basic needs of their populations?

Why are there so many violent conflicts on the African continent that force whole families to leave their homes for an uncertain future elsewhere?

What impact does climate change have on the movement of people?

Do women and children face unique problems throughout the migration process?

What policies and procedures can be put in place to discourage migration, to assist migrants, and to resettle those who return to their countries of origin?

Specific Objectives

To provide accurate information, as well as an ethical perspective, on the current migration crisis with special emphasis on the impact on development in the Southern African region;

To strengthen the unity of different actors on migration issues and development;

To examine the drivers of forced migration including conflicts, climate change, unemployment and failures of governance, with a view to correcting or mitigating them;

To explore effective responses to the migration crisis that will contribute to employment creation, sustainable development and social cohesion while respecting cultural and religious diversity.

Expected Results

The migration and development nexus in Southern Africa, particularly in Zimbabwe, is clearly enunciated and the implications understood;

Policy recommendations are made to the relevant government departments, non-governmental agencies, churches and institutes of higher education on providing assistance to migrants as well as on eliminating the causes of forced migration.

A unified plan of action for Southern Africa is developed in a spirit of cooperation between the various agencies and groups that are dealing with this issue,

The Catholic University of Zimbabwe (CUZ) launches a degree course in migration studies.

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NB: This programme is a draft subject to changes.....

Monday 26 Feb 2018

  • Arrival for all participants

Tuesday 27 Feb 2018

  • Arrivals at Cresta Lodge and Registration

  • Welcome Address – Professor Ranga Zinyemba (Vice Chancellor, Catholic University of Zimbabwe)
    Opening Speech – Hon. Priscah Mupfumira (Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry)
    Group Photo

  • Refreshment Break

1st Session: The Migration-Development Nexus in Africa: A look at the reality

  • Keynote Address: Cardinal Peter Turkson (Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development) - Major trends and the need for international sharing of responsibility and for new forms of governance in migration

  • • The Global Forum and the changing mood in migrations- Ms. Lily Sanya (Chief of Mission, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Zimbabwe)
    • Protection challenges and working with international partners – UNHCR representative

  • Lunch

2nd Session: Migration and Development in Africa: Panel

  • • Common good, migration and development: Reflections on the African reality – Rev.Fr Elias Omondi (Director, Hekima Institute for Peace Studies and International Relations, Coordinator, African Forum for Catholic Social Teaching, AFCAST)
    • The effects on social cohesion, demography and cultures – Fr. Peter-John Pearson (Director, Parliamentary Liaison Office SABC, AFCAST Chair)
    • Exchanges in Plenary

  • Refreshment Break

3rd Session: WORKSHOPS – Moral and Ethical Imperative

  • • Migration, development and mission in Africa: Contemporary challenges – Dr David Kaulem (lecturer Arrupe College)
    • Developing effective responses to the human trafficking challenge in Southern Africa – SECAM representative, Addis Ababa
    • Paths of peace and reconciliation in migration – Prof. Clever Nyathi (Peace and Reconciliation Advisor in the President’s Office)
    • Migration: A legal perspective – Fr. Edward Ndete (Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Officer, ZCBC, Zimbabwe)
    • Workshop Reports to Plenary

  • Mass

Wednesday 28 Feb 2018

    4th Session: Causes of Migration on the African Continent - 1

  • • Conflicts and forced migration in Africa: Reflections and recommendations- Mr Paul Muchena, National Director, Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace Zimbabwe (CCJPZ)
    • Forced migration and asylum in South Africa: social and political challenges – Sergio Carciotto (Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA))
    • Gendered Implications and the Feminization of migration in Africa – Dr. Judith Kaulem (Executive Director, Poverty Reduction Forum Trust)(Call for papers)
    • Exchanges in Plenary

  • Refreshment Break

5th Session: Causes of Migration - 2

  • • Migration causes and effects - Mr. Christopher Mweembe (National Coordinator, Caritas, Zimbabwe)
    • The impact of climate change, drought and hunger – Mr. Cliff Zinyemba
    • International and Historical Perspective on Migration – Dr. De'sire Nsizabira, Misereor Representative for Southern Africa
    • Exchanges in Plenary

  • Lunch

6th Session: Developing Effective Responses (Panel)

  • • Speaker 1: The mission and mandate of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) - Tim Smith (Regional Director, Jesuit Refugee Service Southern Africa (JRS))
    • Speaker 2: A testimony from the field in migration – Principal Immigration Officer, Zimbabwe
    • Speaker 3: Zimbabwe migration policy- Representative from Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • Speaker 4: Zimbabwe’s response to human trafficking and migration – Representative from Ministry of Home Affairs
    • Exchanges in Plenary

  • Refreshment Break

7th Session: WORKSHOPS - Migration and Development

  • • The role of higher institutions of learning as social actors in migration – Professor Rudo Barbra Gaidzanwa (Department of Sociology, UZ)
    • Brain Drain: A curse or boon – ??? Department of Sociology, UZ
    • Beyond Remittances - The effects of migration on Zimbabwean households – Call for papers/Center for Applied Social Science, UZ
    • Creating Employment Opportunities to Curb Migration - Dr. Godfrey Kanyenze (Executive Director, Labour Economic Research Institute, Zimbabwe)
    • Workshop Reports to Plenary

  • Mass

Thursday 01 Mar 2018

    8th Session: Action Plans and Recommendations

  • • The need for new collaborative definitions and partner relations : Forward thinking (NGO panel)

  • Refreshment Break

  • • Working Groups Session: Progress, future commitment and planning : Draft statement

  • • Conference recommendations and message
    • Closing Ceremony

  • Lunch

Friday 02 Mar 2018

  • Departure of participants


Some of the Confirmed Speakers


Cardinal Turkson Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development – The Vatican


Sergio Carciotto Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA)


Professor Ranga Zinyemba Vice Chancellor, Catholic University of Zimbabwe


Mr. David Robinson Regional Director, Jesuit Refugee Service North America (JRS)


Dr. De'sire Nsizabira Misereor Representative for Southern Africa


Ms. Lily Sanya Chief of Mission, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Zimbabwe


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NB: All participants are expected to secure their own accommodation for the duration of the conference


You can enquire to some of the following suggested hotels;


Cresta Lodge Harare
Address: Samora Machel Avenue, Mutare Rd, Harare
Phone: 04 486 870


Rainbow Towers Hotel
Address: Pennefather Ave, Harare
Phone: 04 772 633


Crowne Plaza Harare-Monomotapa
Address: 54 Park Ln, Harare
Phone: 04 704 516


The Conference will be held at:
Cresta Lodge Hotel, Harare, Zimbabwe


The Catholic University of Zimbabwe
18443, Cranborne Avenue,
Harare, ZW

Phone: 04-570570, 04-570169


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