The Southern African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) and the Zambia Centre for Inter-Party Dialogue (ZCID) in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) will hold a Political Party Summit aimed at creating a platform for inter-party dialogue on political violence on 26th and 27th August, 2014 at Protea Hotel Arcades in Lusaka. 
Zambia will be celebrating its jubilee this year. Indeed the country has come a long way in achieving political and economic independence. While it is a time to make merry, it is also a time for serious national reflection and introspection. The country still faces a number of challenges that require concerted efforts to surmount. Among these challenges is political violence which has negated efforts to consolidate and deepen democracy in the country. It is important that the country comes together to interrogate the causes of this violence, its effects and identify workable national strategies that could resolve these challenges. 
The summit will bring together senior members of political parties, civil society representatives and cooperating partners who will attend as observers. This will be a policy level meeting and therefore political parties are expected to send senior officials as specified in the letters of invitation.

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