DROP does capacity building and provides assistance in the stabilisation of justice systems, training of legal professionals, government officials, negotiators and diplomats. It offers assistance in policy development, new legislation, administrative reform, curriculum development in higher education, anti-corruption, legal pluralism, and other areas. Activities also include capacity building through postgraduate training and the development of expertise among lawyers and non-lawyers, also through short courses.
DROP – a Platform for Interdisciplinary Dialogue
As development is not only a national concern and has to be addressed by the entire world community. Through workshops and conferences DROP also intends to serve as a platform for dialogue and to facilitate knowledge transfer by deepening existing and establishing new partnerships with government, commerce, industry and other academic institutions – particularly (but not exclusively) in Africa. To this end, collaboration is envisaged with (amongst others) international organisations such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the African Union (AU) Climate Policy Centre, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and the newly established BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) cooperation.
DROP also cooperates with various Universities around the world, political foundations such as the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation or the Hans-Seidel-Foundation and others. It envisages further cooperation with the Max-Planck-Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
With its exceptional national and international reputation and its partnering institutional network worldwide, Stellenbosch University, provides an excellent networking platform for DROP to enfold its full capacity. Collectively, the research, teaching and community interaction activities related to these development themes are known as Stellenbosch Universities’ Hope Project. The Hope concept’s underlying philosophy is turning hope into action, which reflects the Universities science-for-society approach for “building hope on the African continent by putting academic and research expertise at the service of human and environmental need”.