24 July | Towards a Participatory Foreign Policy

The University of Johannesburg and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung invite you to a half-day workshop: Towards a Participatory Foreign Policy. This dialogue of stakeholders will consider the role of the domestic constituency in South Africa’s foreign policy with particular focus on the South Africa’s White Paper on Foreign Policy and future participation in foreign policy process.

15 – 18 July | Vuyisile Mini Winter School 2015

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Rhodes University, which includes the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU), will host its Vuyisile Mini Winter School 2015 in Grahamstown on 15-18 July 2015. This winter school, which is named in honour of a hero of the South African labour movement and liberation struggle, will be aimed at trade union office bearers in the Eastern Cape. It will create a space in which all participants can engage critically with social democratic ideas, particularly as those pertain to the linking of social policy and labour market interventions.

90 Years of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Watch this video for a four minute history of 90 years of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, from its inception on 2 March, 1925 in Germany to its global presence in over 100 countries today. This video is also available in French, German and Spanish.

SA energy policy informed by entrenched mining interests – NPC commissioner

National Planning Commission (NPC) commissioner Tasneem Essop has highlighted a growing global movement against the continued use of coal as a source of energy, telling a panel discussion on Monday that South Africa’s coal-fired power station build programme and continued reliance on fossil fuels was, to some extent, the result of the entrenchment of the interest of large mineral resources firms in government.

Understanding tax reform and state building in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI), in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, is developing an innovative programme on “Understanding tax reform and state building in Sub-Saharan Africa”. The programme involves case study research with a focus on two critical dimensions: the explanation of differences in tax revenue systems and their degrees of efficiency; and the scope for reform.

SACSIS: SA’s Energy Crisis Exposed

“Why is public opinion indifferent to renewable energy as a solution to South Africa’s electricity crisis?” On 25 May 2015, SACSIS and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa Office held a panel discussion with some of South Africa’s leading energy experts interrogating this question.

Fort Hare Autumn School June 2015 Seminar

In April 2012, the University of Fort Hare and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung launched the “The Fort Hare Autumn School on Democracy and Political Economy”. This initiative is aimed at talented students from Eastern Cape Universities to enhance their critical thinking, promote leadership skills and knowledge about Social Democracy and Political Economy and above all to stimulate debate and political discussion among young, influential South African students

Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) Workplace Restructuring

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa and the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) will be partnering in a Workplace Production Systems Pilot Study on 15 – 19 June 2015 in Cape Town. Presented by Ralph Hensel and Konrad Siegel of Germany, topics include Measuring Productivity and Work Study Methods, Introduction to Work Organisational Concepts, Work Structurization, Workplace Design and Ergonomics.

Feminist Table on Food Sovereignty and Renewable Energy

The aim of the Feminist Table workshops is to explore different aspects of the environmental crisis from a feminist perspective. It involves ‘dialogic learning’ in the sense of creating a shared and safe space in which women, from mainly grassroots organisations, can share their experiences, deepen their understanding and develop their collective strength.