MISTRA Executive Director, Joel Netshitenzhe presented a paper on ‘Strengthening Regional Identity’ at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) expert meeting on Production of Resource Material on the National Liberation Movements in the SADC Region: Regional Dimensions and Linkages on the 24th April 2018. 

The meeting was held in Windhoek, Namibia in partnership with the Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC), the National Assembly of Namibia and Ministry of Arts and Culture as part of UNESCO’s African National Liberation Heritage Programme. Participating countries included Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Joel Netshitenzhe’s presentation focused on forging regional identity as a means to combat discrimination and xenophobia as well as a catalyst for the attainment of regional ideals.