Each year Africa loses more money than it receives through official development aid. A great deal of the money ends up in the rich North, through dark channels. As a result, the poorest continent of the world is ironically the net creditor of the world. Professor Léonce Ndikumana, one of the leading experts on the issue of capital flight and development, examines the mechanisms through which African money is leaving the country and outlines strategies to address the problem- both in the Northern and the Southern hemisphere.
With offices in more than 100 countries, FES is regularly in touch with a large, yet very unique, diverse and vibrant community of people, partners and friends. Among them are policy makers, young leaders, trade unionists, opinion leaders, researchers and media practitioners in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
This visit is part of the Southern African Regional Youth Forum hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. This German foundation has always found itself on the right side of history supporting the great causes for national liberation but more importantly remaining connected long after in the consolidation of that democracy. Zambia and FES are therefore happy fellow travelers in the expedition of supporting the democratic project on the continent.
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.
The right to food is enshrined in your constitution; but there is no legislative framework governing access to this public good. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) will be partnering with the Cooperative and Alternative Policy Centre (COPAC) to facilitate forums on advocating for a Food Sovereignty Act. This will include both research and policy consultations on the contents of this ground-breaking initiative.
The Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI), in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, has developed a multi-year project on “Understanding tax reform and state building in Sub-Saharan Africa“. Currently in its second year, its purpose is to research taxation as an instrument for building state capacity in sub-Saharan Africa.
With their varied colonial and post-colonial histories and systems, and their diverse tax systems, Botswana, Cameroon, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa and Nigeria were selected as the case studies, and research partnerships with public servants, civil society activists, academics and others have been put in place. The creation of country profiles is under way, and forthcoming activities include this three-day workshop in Johannesburg, 20-22 June 2016.
In 2007, the EU-South Africa Strategic partnership was launched. Aimed at strengthening relations between the two, a number of high-level meetings took place under its rubric. Following the economic crisis of 2008, which is reshaping internal EU country relations as well as its relations with South Africa, and the growing emphasis on South-South solidarity by the Zuma administration, the strategic partnership is increasingly under pressure.
With this relationship reaching its first decade next year, the SARChI Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, are undertaking a review of the strategic partnership, particularly in understanding what makes it strategic for both the EU and South Africa, and how this has evolved in practice.
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.
In 2015, the SARChI Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, hosted a workshop entitled ‘Towards a Participatory Foreign Policy’, aimed at considering the role of a range of stakeholders in shaping South Africa’s foreign policy.
In building on these initial discussions, the SARChI Chair and FES are inviting research papers contributing analysis on the role of these stakeholders, and how these actors have shaped South African foreign policy over the course of the first two decades of democrac
On May 18, the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit,(NALSU) Labour Studies Seminar series, in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and KMMR , will be launching a book on the crisis within the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), both edited by Vishwas Satgar.