This Journal of Social Democracy is the quarterly International Edition in English language of one of Germany’s longest-running and most respected monthly journals devoted to politics and culture, Neue Gesellschaft/Frankfurter Hefte. The Friedrich Ebert Foundation has chosen a group of internationally renowned social scientists, journalists, and high-profile representatives of social democracy to contribute to this venture.
South Africa’s foreign policy is entrapped: it is trapped between Afro-Southern (or Africa-South-South) solidarism, on the one hand, and lofty liberal cosmopolitan values, including human rights, on the other. There had long been a tension between the professed values of South Africa’s foreign policy and its interests, a tension that the post-settlement governments had battled to square.Twenty-two years into the post-settlement period, South Africa learnt that good intentions, proclamations and edicts were not good enough in the hurly-burly of world affairs.
The right to strike is under attack at the national and international levels. This attack has intensified in a situation in which economic and security arguments are increasingly being used as a pretext for the violation of fundamental human and democratic right.
The historical convergence of ever more sophisticated smart phones, wireless high speed internet and Big Data (also known as »the cloud«) is changing the social and economic landscape in dramatic ways.
On September 1st, 2016 the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) with the support of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) launched a new Working Paper series called Fiscal Histories of Sub-Saharan Africa. The series aims to increase the knowledge base on taxation as an instrument in the building of state capacity in southern Africa, as well as its role in shaping state-society relations in the region.
Digitalization is one of these terms that everybody knows and connects with while it is, at the same time, hard to pin down what it actually means.
The digitalization of economies and societies represents one of the “grand challenges” faced by European societies in the twenty-first century, along with issues such as demographic ageing, climate change and increasing inequality.
This manual explains the rules for local government elections. What are the rules for voter registration, party registration, ward candidates and party lists? What happens on voting day, how are votes counted and how are the results determined?
The aim of this guide is to assist anyone who participates in the election or assists in making it happen. This includes election officials, candidates, parties, observers, journalists, civil society and anyone with an interest in the elections. The guide is the result of a collaboration between the Dullah Omar Institute, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa Office and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), in partnership with the Global Progressive Forum (GPF), recently commissioned a ground breaking study to better understand the political attitudes of young people, aged between 15 – 35 years in three African countries – Senegal, Mozambique and South Africa. Read the reports here.
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.
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.