PRESS RELEASE – COMPARATIVE STUDY VISIT: Bringing a process back on track: Lessons Learnt from the South Africa experience

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Pretoria and Cape Town, 9-16 June 2019

The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) will, as planned, carry out a second Comparative Study Visit (CSV) in South Africa over the next 8 days that brings together a diverse group of participants from across Turkey’s many constituencies. Over the course of the visit, participants will travel to Pretoria and Cape Town where, in a series of meetings with officials, policy makers and other relevant groups and practitioners, the architecture of the South Africa’s process and transition to democracy will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to engage the first-hand experiences of key people who played significant roles in the conflict resolution process and continue to play important roles today. They will share their expertise on a range of themes that will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the formal peace process in South Africa as well as what has happened since the negotiations came to an end.

DPI’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Kerim Yildiz said of the forthcoming CSV: ‘we hope that this timely comparative study visit will provide this group of participants with a valuable opportunity to learn and discuss the key aspects of the South African resolution process by having conversations and sharing experiences of the successes and difficulties encountered with experts and actors involved in the process.’

The CSV forms part of a larger series of activities planned in the context of the project: “Supporting inclusive dialogue at a challenging time in Turkey”. Future activities include ongoing roundtable meetings and comparative study visits planned within Turkey and other parts of the world, including countries that have had peace processes.

In line with DPI’s usual practice, a full record of discussions from the CSV’s meetings will be published and made available on the Institute’s webpage at www.democraticprogress.org

For further information on this roundtable please contact DPI’s Deputy Director Ville Forsman at vforsman@democraticprogress.org or Esra Elmas DPI’s Head of Turkey Programme at eelmas@democraticprogress.org