Category Archives: Cape Town

23 Mar|Dialogue on Major South African Foreign Policy Trends and Issues of 2017

The international environment in 2017 is likely to continue to be characterised by change and uncertainty, as evidenced by contemporary political and economic events. These will undoubtedly impact South Africa’s foreign policy.

8 June | South Africa – Zimbabwe relations in the context of China

This topic is borne out of, and seeks to be a continuation of the discussion generated in the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) successful 2015 workshop on SA-Zimbabwe relations, in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

China was mentioned by panelists and participants alike several times, in the context of analysing SA-Zimbabwe relations. It is clear that one cannot gain a comprehensive analysis of these regional relations, without including an analysis of both Zimbabwe’s, and South Africa’s, strong bilateral relationships with China, including the three-way dynamics and the regional and international dimensions.

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.

20 April | Forecasting SA’s Foreign Policy over the next 20 years

The Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) is a South African-based not-for-profit civil society organisation which, through advocacy, dialogue, policy consensus and in-depth research and analysis, influences the current thinking and debates on foreign policy especially regarding African crises and conflicts. More details on this event to follow soon.

Launch of the Parliamentary Handbook on South Africa’s Foreign Policy

The launch of the Parliamentary Handbook on South Africa’s Foreign Policy took place on the 4 November 2015 in Cape Town, and was the result of a research partnership between the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES). While work has been undertaken around the world to understand the functions and influences of parliaments on foreign policy and global engagements, this handbook speaks directly to South African parliamentarians in a simple and easy to absorb language in order to increase their ability to engage with global issues whether political, economic or cultural. We therefore welcome and recognise the beginning of a partnership with the Portfolio Committee on International Relations to initiate a process of learning and cooperation that would culminate in a more informed and in tune understanding of South African foreign policy.

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.

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.

A Foreign Policy Handbook: An Overview of South African Foreign Policy in Context for Parliament

In 2014, the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with UNISA with support from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, published what can be considered as the first Parliamentary Handbook on South Africa’s Foreign Policy.

With the aim of equipping and addressing the practical needs of parliamnetarians as they engage with foreign policy, the handbook highlight developments in South Africa’s foreign policy from 1994 – 2014, recent diplomatic issue areas, and provides clarity on key concepts.

WTO Regional Dialogue: The Multilateral Trading System – Perspectives from Southern Africa

The World Trade Organisation and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung are jointly organising a regional forum entitled “Challenges of the Multilateral Trading System – Perspectives from Southern Africa” in Cape Town, South Africa on 26-28 October 2015.

FES Geneva and the WTO have jointly organised such forums in various regions of the world for many years. These regional dialogues serve as a critical exchange between the WTO, on the one hand, and civil society representatives and journalists on the other. To achieve this, both a foundation on the work of the WTO and the multilateral world trade system is presented and discussed, as well as regionally appropriate trade-related policy issues and “hot topics”.