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On 16 February 2016, SAIIA National Chairman Mr Fred T Phaswana delivered his annual address. What follows is the full text of the speech.
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Youth Policy Committee members Pule Nkopane and Franci van Rhyn are currently at the 2016 United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) Youth Forum at the UN headquarters in New York. This year’s forum focuses on ‘Youth Taking Action to Implement the 2030 Agenda’, and Franci and Pule will be sharing daily updates here as young South Africans.
Events globally, across Africa, and in South Africa – urban riots in France in 2005 and Britain in 2011, the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings, student protests in South Africa last year – have thrust the youth into the centre of political attention. Nowhere is this more important than in Africa, where one in five of its people are between the ages of 15 and 24, and whose population is the youngest on earth.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 224, November 2015
SAIIA Policy Insights No 29, November 2015
The 5th edition of the Africa CEO Round-table and Conference on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility will be held on November 19-20 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria. This conference has become one of the biggest platforms for discussing issues on Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as well as the promotion of a public-private synergy in order to achieve a credible business environment in Africa. The theme for this year is: ‘From Corporate Governance to Sustainable Governance’.
After relatively peaceful elections in Guinea-Conakry returned outgoing President Alpha Conde to power last week in the first round of voting, another West African country - Côte d'Ivoire - is heading to watershed presidential elections on 25 October 2015.
21 October 2015 started out as the day that business and economic analysts were expected to reflect closely on the state of the South African economy. Instead it ended up reminiscent of a scene that sci-fi aficionados could describe as stormtroopers defending the Galactic Empire against a small, unarmed rebel alliance. 
Creating universal health care – one of the targets under the newly ratified Sustainable Development Goals – will have different challenges for each country depending on their economic strength, relationships with donors, and their government’s investment into the health sector.
SAIIA Policy Insights No 27, October 2015
SAIIA Policy Briefing 142, September 2015
When the Southern African Development Community (SADC) launched its cross-border HIV/AIDS initiative in 2012, mobile clinics were set up at border posts across the region. Anyone living in these areas or travelling through could freely access the clinics for primary health care.
In 2011, at the height of piracy attacks along the Somali coastline and the Gulf of Aden, 237 separate attacks were reported. This figure has fallen drastically over the years, with only 12 attacks being reported in 2014. This decline has been attributed to the collective efforts of the international community to address Somali piracy.
In March 2015 a group of 25 prominent academics and development co-operation experts from the global South gathered in Midrand, South Africa to discuss a common analytical framework for South−South co-operation.
From 25 to 27 September, over 150 world leaders will gather in New York to set the agenda for global development spending for the next 15 years, valued at over 2.5 trillion US dollars. The aim is to tackle the most debilitating issues holding back economic growth from poverty to lack of power.
South Africa has seldom approached Heritage Day with a more fractured sense of what constitutes our heritage and what should be celebrated. Angry exchanges over the character of our universities, language policy, public memorials and so on have exposed the divides that run through our society and have even called into question whether we are one nation.
The next chapter of the global development agenda - the Sustainable Development Goals - will shift the global focus and debate around health systems.
The 17 new Sustainable Development Goals are the hot topic of 2015. At the end of September 2015, world leaders will formally adopt these Goals. But what are they, how are they different from the Millennium Development Goals, and how have they been arrived at?
At the end of this month, from 25 to 27 September, world leaders will meet at the Sustainable Development Summit to formally adopt a set of 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But what are these goals, and how have they been arrived at?
On 21 July 2015, SAIIA, the OECD, and South Africa's National Treasury officially launched the OECD South Africa Economic Survey 2015.
Pan Macmillan and SAIIA, Western Cape Branch, invite you to a book launch to be addressed by Greg Mills and Jeffrey Herbst, in conversation with Minister Lindiwe Zulu and Tony Leon, on 'How South Africa Works and Must Do Better.'
Since its institution in 1989, World Population Day on 11 July has drawn attention to the Earth’s rising population, and the demographic and social trends accompanying it. These serious and complex matters address the opportunities and hurdles confronting countries’ development aspirations. Nowhere is this of more profound – even existential – importance than in Africa.
Following the tragic killing of striking miners at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana on 16 August 2012, South Africa’s government established a Commission of Inquiry to investigate matters of ‘public, national and international concern’ arising out of the tragic event. Three years on, the release of the Commission’s final report has provoked hostile reactions from many quarters.
On Monday 22 June 2015, SAIIA and Chatham House hosted the launch of a report by Alex Vines, Director for Area Studies and International Law, on 'Mozambique to 2018: Managers, Mediators, and Magnates'.
The South African government wishes to take a more interventionist approach towards inward foreign investment. Its view is that the current system is biased towards big multinationals and it wants more room to pursue the country’s social and economic goals.
The 22nd of March every year marks international Water Day. As the world celebrates its most important life-giving natural resource, it is important to take stock of Africa's water challenges and opportunities. Water is the pre-condition for life and the sustainable management of water is fundamental to achieving Africa's development goals.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 211, March 2015
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 210, February 2015
On 5 March 2015, SAIIA's Western Cape Branch hosted a public seminar addressed by SAIIA Research Fellow Erica Penfold, with discussant Dr Pieter Fourie, on 'International Relations and Infectious Diseases: the politics of bugs.'