25-26 April | Post COP21: Where to from here for South Africa & the OMCJ Campaign

From April 25 to 26 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in partnership with the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) will host a post Conference of Parties (COP21) seminar. This seminar will analyse the outcomes of COP 21, focus on SA’s INDC and consider options and strategies for deeper emission cuts. This is intended as a high level seminar involving leading trade union activists, academics and officials involved in the energy sector and will set an agenda for the One Million Climate Jobs Campaign in 2016.

25-26 April | COPAC Agroecology School

Recent studies have illustrated that 54% of the South African population does not sufficient access to food. Large-scale industrial agriculture has caused negative social and ecological effects which threaten food security. Therefore, it is important to adopt a holistic analysis of the food system, which combines the political, socio-economic and ecological dimensions of the food crisis.

The Cooperative and Alternative Policy Centre will host an agro-ecology school with various activists from the South African food sovereignty campaign. This event will equip activists with skills that are crucial for developing a more sustainable democratic food system.

26 April | Anniversary of the Fort Hare Autumn School

On 26 April, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) joins the Centenary of the University of Fort Hare by celebrating their joint Fort Hare Autumn School (FHAS) on Social Democracy and Political Economy. To celebrate its anniversary, the FHAS invites you to discuss the state of higher education in South Africa, meet our Alumni and engage with our keynote speaker, Hon. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe.

National Symposium

On the 2nd and 3rd of February 2016 Wits University’s National Minimum Wage Research Initiative hosted a highly successful Symposium with over 250 academics; policy makers; union, business and civil society leaders; reporters; and members of the public in attendance. Topics ranged from the impact of minimum wages on poverty, inequality and employment, to labour market analysis and statistical modeling, international case studies, and policy proposals. The Symposium included six leading international scholars and a host of local participants.

6-7 May | “Foundations of the Supreme Law: 20th Anniversary of the Constitution” Conference

On May 8, 1996, a two year mandate came to its fulfilment when the Constitutional Assembly successfully finalized a draft of a new constitution which was signed by Nelson Mandela into law on December 18, 1996. To commemorate this historical event and milestone for the formation of a democratic South Africa, the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, Constitution Hill and the German Institute for Federal Studies, are organizing a conference at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg – a place which reminds us of the horrors of the past and yet shows us the reality of the present and embraces the promises of the future.

15-16 April | Eastern Cape Provincial Health Summit

Section 27, in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, have contributed to the social dialogue on the National Health Insurance (NHI) by facilitating a number of health rights and National Health Insurance (NHI) workshops in the Eastern Cape. The results from these sessions will now be channelled into the discussions at the Eastern Cape Provincial Health Summit, happening this week.

SPII Opens Newsroom Discussion on Rising Food Prices

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute Senior Researcher Daniel McLaren recently appeared on the SABC Africa News (DSTV Channel 404) programme called Newsroom where he opened a discussion on rising food prices and how they were affecting ordinary South Africans, while unpacking SPII’s findings in the recently released report ‘The Right to Food in South Africa’.

The United Nations at 70 | Proceedings Report

The Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) South Africa Office held a one day seminar on the theme of the United Nations @ 70: Towards a Future, in Pretoria on 27 November 2015. The United Nations (UN) lies at the centre of the global multilateral system of governance. It is viewed as a principle guarantor of the idea of an international system of governance, and the dream of an international society. It is the principal platform through which international values, norms and decisions are made and remade. In 2015, the UN reaches 70 years of existence and this marks a critical point of reflection on the significance of the organisation, its key challenges and prospects for its future.

Daily Dispatch Dialogue on Cosatu and the future of labour politics in South Africa

We were tweeting and streaming live on YouTube from the Daily Dispatch dialogue in East London on 14 March 2016, with Zwelinzima Vavi, Devan Pillay (contributing author) and Sibusiso Ngalwa (Daily Dispatch editor). The event’s discussion was broadly covered in the national news, including the articles in the Daily Dispatch.

22 Mar | Leaving No-one Behind: Strengthening Civil Society’s Role in the Implementation of Goal 16 of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Civil society played an active role in the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is now important to consider the role of CSOs going forward, in ensuring effective implementation. This workshop aims to explore how civil society can leverage on the complementarity between the Open Government Partnership (OGP), the AU’s Agenda 2063 and the UN’s 2030 Agenda. As SDGs implementation is taking place at national level, and in-country conversations on the role of CSOs are at different levels from country to country, the dialogue will include regional voices to draw lessons and strengthen implementation in South Africa.