The United Nations at 70: Towards A Future

The United Nations lies at the centre of the global multilateral system of governance. It is therefore a principal guarantor of the idea of an international system of governance, and the dream of an international system. In 2015, the UN reaches 70 years of existence and this marks a critical point of reflection on the significance of the organization, its key challenges and prospects for its future. Ten years ago, the IGD convened a dialogue on the UN @ 60 that covered a lot of background about the UN. It is now time to reflect further, and build upon these discussions.

2016 Municipal Elections – Does Local Democracy Work?

Democracy Works Foundation is a home-grown African civil society group aiming to counter minimalist assumptions of African democracy, to support and build democratic institutions and leaders, and to help foster democratic cultures in South Africa and across the continent.

COSATU on its deathbed?

City Press – ” A new book argues the labour federation faces a crisis of relevance, strength and survival. Its most fatal wounds, the authors suggest, are self-inflicted …

It is this crisis that an authoritative new book, titled Cosatu in Crisis: The Fragmentation of an African Trade Union Federation, grapples with. Edited by academics Vishwas Satgar and Roger Southall, Cosatu in Crisis consists of essays and papers by 13 authorities in the field of unionism. The topics cover everything from the political rupture in the federation to ideological drift and the socioeconomic challenges facing the unions.”

Persons with disability in Africa, with a special focus on migrants

This workshop takes place in the context of National Disability Rights Awareness Month in South Africa, and following the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which seek to be more inclusive than the former Millennium Developkent Goals (MDGs), “leaving no one behind”.

The dialogue will explore the possible impact of the new SDGs on people with disabilities in Africa, especially migrants, with regards to advocating for greater access to health, education, and economic empowerment.

Access to Justice for LGBTI Migrants in Africa

Within the context of the new SDGs’ vision to ‘leave no one behind’, the dialogue will explore the myriad challenges facing LGBTI migrants who have left their home countries seeking asylum in Sout Africa. It will provide a space for dialogue between LGBTI migrants from across the continent, South African government representatives and members of civil society, within a rights framework.

Building Regional and International Consensus: Burundi, Lesotho, Madagascar and Zimbabwe

Multilateral interventions for sustainable peace and security are faced with enormous challenges. The deterioration of the political situations in Burundi and Lesotho in mid-2015 raised questions around the capacity and effectiveness of AU and SADC respectively, as does the continued uncertainty and slow pace of reforms in Zimbabwe and Madagascar.

SALO’s Building International, Regional and National Consensus policy dialogue sessions bring together national, regional and international stakeholders, including civil society, policymakers and diplomats, to encourage greater North/ South policy dialogue and to discuss ways they can engage moving forward on issues of importance in Southern Africa in particular.

Durban | Cosatu in Crisis: The Fragmentation of an African Trade Union Federation

Cosatu has played a crucial role in championing democratisation, and it has been a critical voice for workers. But today with the current crisis crippling Cosatu, the future of Cosatu is uncertain.

Through the work of leading labour scholars and political analysts, provides an extraordinarily engaged analysis of the underlying causes of the federation’s demise, and provides crucial perspectives on why organised labour is key to understanding the future of alliance politics, industrial relations and democracy.

Al-Bashir and the Crisis in South Africa’s Foreign Policy: Problems and Prospects

From 7-15 June 2015 South Africa played host to the African Union (AU) Summit, which was held under the theme, ‘Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063’. The summit itself was overshadowed by the presence of Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, and the failure of South Africa to detain him in line with obligations under the ICC.

This has proved to be a watershed for South Africa’s foreign policy, the courts and the Constitution, with internationally binding agreements going unfulfilled and the principles guiding South Africa’s international relations found wanting. Read more detailed analysis from legal and political experts in this report.

It’s time we organised our economy around society’s interests

“In South Africa we have mass unemployment. It is clear that grants will continue to be a vital lifeline for millions of people and, if they can be steadily increased, an important redistributive mechanism. It is also clear that land reform, particularly in cities, will have to be a vital part of any redistributive agenda. But no strategy for decreasing inequality, and reducing poverty, will get far without a major increase in the minimum wage.”

Cape Town | Cosatu in Crisis: The fragmentation of an African trade union federation

Cosatu in Crisis is a must-read for unionists, business leaders, policy makers, and academics – and for anyone interested in knowing how labour will continue to shape the future of South Africa.

Join Dr Vishwas Satgar and Prof Roger Southall, co-editors of the book, or a lively discussion that promises to tackle the underlying causes of the federation’s demise, and provides crucial perspectives on why organised labour is key to understanding the future of Alliance politics, industrial relations and democracy in South Africa.