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Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development cordially invites you to a discussion forum on “New challenges, new opportunities: African agriculture in the 21st century”. Date: Tuesday, 3 May 2011Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Venue: The Cape Sun, Cape Town
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Dr Brian Levy on 'Democracy and Development' at The Centre for African Studies Gallery, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town on Wednesday 13 April 2011 at 17:30 for 18:00.
South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, has emphasised South Africa’s commitment to a trade strategy that is development focussed and that benefits developing and least developed countries. Minister Davies said this during a Speakers’ Meeting for the Economic Diplomacy Programme (EDIP) of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). The Speakers’ Meeting, held on 4 April 2011, follows a recent dialogue on trade policy reform in South Africa that examined issues around the global trade policy environment, the WTO Doha Development Round, services trade liberalisation from an international, regional, and domestic perspective and how to grow…
The South African Institute of International Affairs National Director, Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, has collaborated with Chatham House in London to produce a new briefing paper entitled: ‘India and South Africa as Partners for Development in Africa?’
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Dr Tim Murithi  on “The Birth of a Nation: An Independent South Sudan and the Prospects for Peacebuilding and Development”, at The Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town on Tuesday 1 March 2011 Parking is freely available behind the building after 5pm at 5:00 for 5:30 pm.
South Africa has its sights firmly set on the creation of five million new jobs by 2020. This is the main focus of the New Growth Path (NGP), released in November 2010. It is South Africa’s latest in a long line of documents defining economic policy and is a product of the Department of Economic Development. The NGP seeks to address the high levels of unemployment in South Africa as well as foster sustainable economic growth.
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.
Michela Wrong delivered the following talk at a symposium on “Aid, Governance and Development in Africa” organised by the University of Nairobi’s Institute for Development Studies in Kenya on 30 September 2010. “I’ve now written three non-fiction books about Africa. What I’ve discovered is that, ironically and frustratingly, the most interesting things about a society you often learn after your book has come out. This has never been truer than with “It’s Our Turn to Eat. The story of a Kenyan Whistleblower”, which tells the story of anti-corruption czar John Githongo.
Climate change mitigation is a difficult process for developing nations because immediate and urgent developmental concerns, such as poverty eradication and economic growth, often appear to be at odds with long-term climate concerns.
The DAAD and SAIIA cordially invite you to the German - South Africa Lecture Series on Soccer on the topic "The Legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa".
Thursday, 20 May 2010

SAIIA News: Goal Orientated

The World Cup isn’t just about fun and frivolity. There are serious economic and political implications for countries that host these types of ‘mega events’. Suzanne Dowse is a visiting PhD student from the UK who is investigating some of the impacts this World Cup will have.
Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme (GARP) cordially invites you to a Roundtable Seminar: ‘Angola’s natural resources: bridging the gap between new wealth and old livelihoods’ Wednesday, 5 May 2010, 8.30am-4.30pm Centre for the Book, Queen Victoria St, Cape Town
As published in the City Press Not much has been written about Angola since January’s infamous ­terrorist ­attack. That was the assault on the Togo ­national football team bus as it travelled through the country’s province of Cabinda on the way to the 2010 Africa Cup of ­Nations tournament.
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 56, March 2010
By Moeletsi MbekiDownload - Speech [.pdf] Presentation to the Commander’s Speaker Programme at the US Africa Command, US Military Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany on Tuesday 19th January 2010  
SAIIA Research Report, No 7, February 2010  Download - English [.pdf] (1.27 MB) Despite its relatively nascent operations, commercial mining is becoming a significant contributor to the Tanzanian economy and has the potential to become more so. While mining’s contribution to Tanzania’s gross domestic product (GDP) is a relatively modest 2.3%, its export value constitutes some 45% of foreign earnings. Moreover, the government has set a target for the sector of a 10% contribution to GDP by 2025. Africa’s third-largest gold producer after South Africa and Ghana, Tanzania is also endowed with significant diamond, gemstone and nickel deposits.
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), KfW Entwicklungsbank, the German Development Institute (DIE) and the Chinese Institute for Western Asian and African Studies (IWAAS) cordially invite you to an International Conference on ‘Doing business for Africa's development: German, Chinese and African engagement put to the test’.Venue: Jan Smuts House
The South African Institute of International Affairs Western Cape Branch invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Vincent Williams on 'The Politics of Migration and its Implications for Democracy' at 5:00 for 5:30 pm.
SAIIA’s Western Cape Branch invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Vincent Williams on "The Politics of Migration and its Implications for Democracy".
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 45, October 2009
Oh no, not another ‘new vision’ for Africa. Since the Lagos Plan of Action was launched in 1980, Africa has given birth to some 20 grand recovery plans, or continental developmental blueprints, the last of which was Thabo (‘I am an African’) Mbeki’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). Even NEPAD had two previous incarnations, the Millennium Africa Recovery Plan (MAP) and the New African Initiative (NAI). Besides the messianic zeal of those who would save Africa and lift it from its dark abyss, there is an arrogance and naïve simplicity that permeates all such continental blueprints. That is, until…
Malawi has been in the headlines, following pop-star Madonna's battles to adopt a second child from this tiny, landlocked southern African state. But as Malawi gears up to celebrate its 45th independence day on 6 July, it's a good time to reflect on the lessons of its recent political trajectory. There were very high hopes for Malawi following its democratisation in 1994, after decades as a one-party state. But where does the country stand now?
This book wipes the lustre off Africa's sparkling success story, Botswana. Through the pages of a relatively slim volume, Australian Professor Kenneth Good, who was declared an ‘Undesirable Immigrant' and deported from Botswana in June 2005, painstakingly unearths a different reality to this much-vaunted case of African exceptionalism.
In April 2009, the Western Cape branch of SAIIA hosted a public seminar addressed by Simon Lacey, Senior Trade Advisor (legal) - Trade Law Chambers.  He spoke on the topic 'World in Crisis - Can the Trading System Still Serve Developing Nations?'
As leaders of the world's most productive economies meet in London on Thursday, street activism around the need for poverty alleviation and action on climate change is expected to divert the world's gaze from official proceedings. For African governments and civil society organizations, any diversion which focuses attention on issues of social justice will be welcome.
Since reaching their peak in mid 2008 after increasing since 2003, global food prices began moderating. Many conferences were held to find solutions and A Common Framework of Action (CFA) was adopted by the United Nations (UN) to reverse the crisis. However, as the global financial crisis intensified food prices fell and the flurry of conferences and media activity subsequently died away.
Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Chinese Migration in Africa

SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 24, February 2009
Seeking 'African solutions to African problems' is frequently adopted as a mantra to conflict resolution by a curious partnership of African leaders eager to prove their capacity to meet their own challenges, and western powers who have historically been eager to help Africa along but increasingly prefer to let Africans clean up after their own mess or dig themselves in deeper. African solution efforts draw widespread scepticism from observers who have witnessed the African Union (AU) struggle to resolve conflicts in trouble spots such as Sudan's Darfur region, and among Africa's traditional Western donors who have poured aid into Africa…