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Aid and Development Effectiveness (89)

The South African Institute of International Affairs in collaboration with Oxfam hosted the first technical workshop of the Network of Southern Think-Tanks (NeST) from 2 to 5 March 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Under the auspices of the Network of Southern Think-Tanks (NeST), the South African Institute of International Affairs in partnership with Oxfam held a multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on 'Emerging Partners in Africa’s Development: Measuring the impact of South-South Cooperation' in Midrand on 03 March 2015.
The South African Institute of International Affairs in collaboration with Oxfam hosted the first meeting of the South African Chapter of the Network of Southern Think-Tanks (NeST) on 28 January 2015.
Happy new year to all our partners and friends! The year that has gone was characterised by South Africa’s fifth democratic elections, the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, and the growing power of Boko Haram and other radical Islamist groups in Africa. Across other parts of the world, old fissures seemed to re-emerge; whether in Europe’s growing right-wing wave, or in Ukraine and in the Middle East.
It is hoped that African countries will soon be signing a new free trade agreement that will take the continent one step closer to its goal of economic development.
Followers of the discourse around international development will be aware of the important debates that took place at the UN General Assembly during September 2014. The ambitious theme of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, 'Delivering on and implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda,' has set the scene for the negotiations to be pursued in the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals and other expert committees and related dialogues and working groups on the post-2015 development agenda.
The Institute for International Trade (Australia) and the South African Institute for International Affairs together hosted a one-day workshop on “Aid for Trade Priorities for Africa and the Role of the Private Sector”, 3 October 2014.
As Africa’s most diversified, developed and (until recently) largest economy, South Africa occupies a unique position in the international development debate. It is an active player in global governance and development fora, maintains an extensive development partnership with its region, and is a member of the BRICS Forum of emerging powers (along with Brazil, Russia, India and China).
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 88, April 2014
SAIIA Report No 15, January 2014  Download - English (305.72 kB) Governance and APRM ProgrammeThis case study of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) seeks to examine the lessons it holds about South–South knowledge exchange, South–South co-operation (SSC), capacity development and development effectiveness. The report is based on desk research, personal interviews and an online survey.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 71, August 2013
The development landscape today has evolved significantly since the turn of the century, when the global community joined forces to commit to the Millennium Development Goals. Traditional donors have been joined by a range of other actors, including emerging economies - formerly the receivers, but increasingly the providers of development assistance. One such emerging economy providing development assistance is South Africa.
SAIIA Report No 12, August 2013Download - English (1.2 MB) Economic Diplomacy ProgrammeThe following report is an in-depth analysis commissioned by the South African Institute of International Affairs between 2012 and 2013 that explores South Africa’s past, present and future development assistance to the rest of the continent. It unpacks South Africa’s development partnership paradigm and the tensions that lie within its various global engagements, its approach to incoming aid and outgoing South–South co-operation. It explores the economic and political drivers and the internal and external forces that affect Pretoria’s international development policy, and the comparative advantage that South Africa…
On 10 May 2013, SAIIA co-hosted an event with the Embassy of Japan in South Africa, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the University of Pretoria. It was an opportunity to reflect on the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), a high-level exchange between Japan and Africa which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 136, February 2013
South African Institute of International Affairs in cooperation with the Embassy of Switzerland cordially invites you to a roundtable discussion to be addressed by Swiss State Secretary of Foreign Affairs Mr. Yves Rossier on "Switzerland's approach to promoting peace in Africa at the multilateral and regional levels". Date: Wednesday 10 October 2012Time: 16:45 for 17:00 followed by light refreshments to conclude by 18:30Venue: The Townhouse Hotel, 60 Corporation Str,Cape Town (diagonally opp Parliament)Parking: Available above the venue in Plein Park parkade (enter from Corporation Street)
The European Union (EU) is South Africa’s main trading partner, its principal investor and largest development partner. In 2007 South Africa became one of only ten countries globally - and the only African country - to have formed a Strategic Partnership (SP) with the EU, of which the fifth Summit is due to take place on 18-19 September 2012 in Brussels.
The outcome of the Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness was significant because it sought to bridge the divide between North–South and South–South co-operation, notwithstanding the existing divergent views each side held on the issue. Busan responded to the changing development landscape, in which South–South cooperation was becoming increasingly important, by agreeing to establish a new Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation that would also see the phasing out of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness. A new book called 'Development Co-operation and Emerging Powers: New Partners or Old Patterns' explores the development policies of Brazil, China, India, Mexico…
Chapter contributed by Elizabeth Sidiropoulos: Emerging ‘Donor’, Geopolitical Actor: South Africa in the Global Terrain An active participant in the various global debates and motivated by a desire to address global inequalities and power imbalances in rule-making, South Africa seeks to balance its domestic imperatives with an enlightened developmentally-minded foreign policy where Africa is the priority. Since 1994 South Africa has initiated many activities that may be described as development cooperation. However, with the exception of the African Renaissance Fund (ARF), it has lacked an overarching architecture for its assistance, which has been fragmented among various departments and agencies with…
SAIIA Policy Briefing 50, June 2012
The outcome of the Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness was significant because it sought to bridge the divide between North-South and South-South cooperation, notwithstanding the existing divergent views each side held on the issue. Busan responded to the changing development landscape, in which South-South cooperation was becoming increasingly important, by agreeing to establish a new Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation that would also see the phasing out of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness.
It will take some time to fully unpack what happened in those three high-powered days at the 4th High Level Forum (HLF) on Aid Effectiveness in Busan. From government ministers and representatives of various intergovernmental organisations to parliamentarians, NGOs, academia, and the private sector, this High Level Forum was the largest and included the most diverse set of development actors ever seen before. The event was held against a backdrop of a rapidly changing global development landscape with traditional donors facing major economic crisis, new emerging countries gaining a bigger share of the global economy, and new players such as…
The 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness held in Busan, Korea, in late November 2011, like the COP 17 conference in Durban, is yet another marker of the shifting fortunes of relations between so-called traditional donors, emerging powers and Africa. Coming against the backdrop of the decade-long trend away from financial transfers of donor aid to investment in developing countries and, concurrently, the emergence of China as the continent's top trading partner and a key provider of loans to Africa, the Forum was ripe with possibility of change.
The South African Development Partnership Agency (SADPA) will be set up by April 2012, according to a recent briefing to Parliament by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO). SADPA will serve to deepen South Africa’s foreign policy impact and influence through coordinated development initiatives on the African continent. DIRCO also argued that SADPA will enable South Africa to introduce innovative new approaches to development co-operation in Africa.  
“Trade not aid” has long been a mantra for those who believe that developing countries need to grow and integrate their economies through world markets rather than relying on hand-outs from donors. In 2005, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial meeting in Hong Kong agreed to strengthen the link between these two issues with the launch of the Aid for Trade initiative. The aim was to promote additional development assistance, especially to least-developed countries, in order to help them better participate in the world trading system. This included building supply-side capacity and trade-related infrastructure so that developing countries could export…
SAIIA's APRM and Governance Programme is one of the impementing partners for the EU-funded Local Governance and Non-State Actors Support Programme(LGNSP) project  "Support to non-state actors (NSA) engagement in policy dialogue" in Lesotho. This project seeks to see partnerships enhanced between NSA in Lesotho, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Europe.  The project focuses on the Cotonou Agreement which is the key framework that governs relations between Lesotho and the European Union and which has the potential to provide a platform for North-South NSA cooperation and influence.  The regional dimension to the Cotonou Agreement’s relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries also…
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 72, December 2010
We are pleased to announce the EARN publication on which SAIIA has been collaborating on for the past year. The publication is being distributed over the next few days to a wide range of actors, in Europe and Africa.
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