The Community Conversations: Communities Embracing Each Other – 2009 booklet details the outcomes of the 15 dialogues the Nelson Mandela Foundation convened in various communities across South Africa during 2009.
The community conversation series looks to foster dialogue in those South African communities affected by the violence and aims to:
- Foster and facilitate dialogue within communities around the critical issues they face, and to bring to the surface latent or unarticulated tensions that classically are barriers to seeking common solutions.
- Create linkages between various community stakeholders, and between communities and the relevant policy makers.
- Help build the capacity that enables communities to take ownership of this dialogue process.
The booklet details the methodology behind the conversations; the reasoning behind the initiative; the Foundation’s goals; the areas the Foundation’s community conversations team visited; the challenges each of those communities face and how those communities are finding ways to address those challenges.