Category Archives: IGD

20 Jul |Symposium – High Time For a Common Integrated African Policy on China

The Africa-China Reporting Project is hosting a symposium on a Common Integrated African Policy On China with the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with UNISA, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) on July 20 at Wits University.  As the current co-chair of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), South Africa is uniquely positioned to … Continue reading 20 Jul |Symposium – High Time For a Common Integrated African Policy on China

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.

Reflecting on the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC): Where to from here?

The FOCAC Summit held between 3-5 December 2015 coincided with the launching of China’s second Africa policy paper, and became the first time that a FOCAC summit was held on African soil. It came in a watershed year for global development efforts as the year witnessed the Financing for Development meeting in Addis Ababa, the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations, the hosting of the Ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Nairobi (for the first time in Africa), and the Conference of the Parties (COP21) held in Paris.

Within this broader context, the following policy brief, which arises from a research project between the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), seeks to draw linkages between China’s second Africa policy paper and the declarations of the Johannesburg summit. Thus, it asks what the FOCAC summit managed to achieve, before asking what the way forward is in terms of China-Africa relations. Download the full report here.

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.

18 Feb | South Africa and China within the context of FOCAC

The Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with UNISA, in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, has the pleasure of inviting you to a Roundtable on the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit, which took place 4-5 December 2015.

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.

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.

An Overview of South African Foreign Policy in Context

The Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, has developed a handbook to address the practical needs of parliamentarians as they engage with foreign policy. This overview highlights developments in South Africa’s foreign policy since, recent diplomatic issue areas, and aims to provide clarity on key conceptual areas.

SADSEM: The Blue Economy and Maritime Security Challenges

The Institute for Global Dialogue associated with UNISA, in collaboration with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Open Society Foundation South Africa, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South African Defence & Security Management Network have the pleasure of inviting you to a symposium on The Blue Economy and Maritime Security Challenges for South and Southern Africa: Leadership Dilemmas in Promoting a Global South Dialogue … Continue reading SADSEM: The Blue Economy and Maritime Security Challenges