Category Archives: Recent Publications

Occasional Paper | Caught between Afro-Southern Solidarism and Liberal Cosmopolitan values: Four Turning points in South Africa’s Human Rights Foreign Policy

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.

Fiscal Histories of Sub-Saharan Africa: the Case of Botswana

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.

Policies for Innovation in Times of Digitalization

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.

Electing Councillors – A Guide to Municipal Elections

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 Millennial Dialogue | South Africa Survey Results 2016

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 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.