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Africa’s Environment Day is celebrated on the 3rd of March each year. It is an important event which contributes to raising awareness of pressing environmental challenges for Africa. It also highlights the importance of environmental sustainability in achieving the continents development goals, and the centrality of the continent in these discussions.
SAIIA is pleased to launch a new series of interviews on Twitter (or 'Twinterviews') with authors from SAIIA's peer-reviewed journal, the South African Journal of International Affairs . In the first of the series, Journal Editor Martha Bridgman will interview Dr David J Hornsby about his article on food safety in Southern Africa.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 123, January 2015
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 122, 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.
In recent years there has been growing global awareness of the interplay between rights and the development process and a generalised recognition of social determinants of health as a point of entry to re-connect poverty, equality and health.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) can learn from the difficulties faced by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in curtailing the spread of Ebola. The Ebola epidemic has highlighted the need for regional access to medicines in West Africa.
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.
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Six young people from SAIIA’s youth programmes ensured that the voice of South African youth was heard in regional negotiations for the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit, which will set the agenda for global humanitarian action.
The 2014 Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, to be held on Friday 17 October, focuses on the theme: Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty. It is widely acknowledged that, without collective action from the Global North and South, poverty reduction measures will not work effectively and the gap between rich and poor will continue to widen.
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.
Wednesday, 01 October 2014

SAIIA Young Ambassadors Programme Featured

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SAIIA is proud to run the SAIIA Young Ambassadors programme, through which high school learners who have demonstrated a commitment to spreading international awareness and understanding will be invited to participate in the SAIIA Young Leaders Conference each year.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 103, September 2014
The latest issue of the South African Journal of International Affairs (Volume 21.2) is now available online, featuring articles on topics ranging from the post-presidential diplomacy of Thabo Mbeki, to the M23 insurgency in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to greening economic growth in the South.
On 19 August 2014, SAIIA hosted South Africa's official World Humanitarian Day Celebration in partnership with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA).
At this week’s Mining Lekgotla (13-14 August 2014), the future of the currently suppressed platinum industry is likely to be a key agenda item. Whether fuel cell technology takes off is a critical determinant of what this future might look like.
Indicators of health are a mirror of what goes on in societies, how the world works, and who benefits most. The world over, poor people are more sick and die earlier than those who are better off.
To President Zuma’s credit, last Tuesday evening’s State of the Nation Address went straight to the heart of South Africa’s triple challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment. His vision of needed policy responses also put the National Development Plan (NDP) at the front and centre: government plans to achieve an economic growth rate of 5% by 2019.
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).
On 23 May 2013, the Wits School of Governance (WSG), SAIIA, Anglo American Platinum, and Umalusi presented the findings of a recent research study conducted in Limpopo and North-West provinces on the impact of the multi-billion mining sector investments on education outcomes, particularly in the subjects of maths and sciences, critical to the skilled workforce required by the South African economy.
SAIIA Report No 16, May 2014 Download - English (2.21 MB)Development Effectiveness ProjectPlatinum mining is a major engine of South Africa’s economy, producing exports and generating employment for many South Africans. It is, however, highly dependent on skilled labour, engineers and technicians, who are drawn from the limited pool of graduates that are emerging from the weak South African schooling system. Public-private partnerships have been established in an attempt to address this gap.
The South African Institute of International Affairs and the South African Ministry of Finance invite you to a cocktail reception and discussion session on 'South Africa in the G-20 and the BRICS: In pursuit of development', with Mmakgoshi Phetla-Lekhete, Deputy Director General, National Treasury of South Africa.
If the European Union (EU) and the 'Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) can provide strong leadership in at least four key areas, EU companies can become better placed than their global peers to meet the stricter operation standards and developmental impact being demanded by communities and governments in Africa.
Just short of 18 months after South Africa’s Marikana tragedy of 16 August 2012, ascendant platinum belt union AMCU went on strike. The union represents about 70% of the workforce across three of South Africa’s largest platinum companies. Since its inception in January, the longest strike in South African history has cost the platinum sector over R17 billion in lost revenue.