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SAIIA Policy Insights No 44, May 2017
Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum, argues that the single most important challenge facing humanity today is how to understand and shape the new technology revolution. What exactly is this revolution, and why does it matter, especially for Africa?
SAIIA Policy Insights No 41, March 2017
SAIIA Policy Insights No 40, March 2017
African economies have long been dependent on old forms of energy such as oil, coal and gas. But with renewables on the rise, what should the continent be doing to make sure it is not left behind?
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 160, February 2017
SAIIA's annual Change Makers Forum on 9 February is an annual high-level dialogue to promote extractive sector transformation in Africa. Co-hosted with the University of Cape Town’s Minerals to Metals Programme, it is a neutral platform for bridging the divisions that continue to polarise mining discussions across Africa.
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch cordially invites you to a Speaker's meeting to be addressed by Elizabeth Aardenburg
The recently gazetted 'Reviewed broad-based black-economic empowerment charter for the South African mining and minerals industry, 2016', stipulates that legally constituted trusts must be created by communities and workers respectively to hold ownership stakes in mining assets.
How drastically the world has changed since this time last year. The cumulative odds on a Trump electoral win and a ‘yes’ to the Brexit referendum were 20 to 1. This shows how poor we are at predicting events, Black Swan events especially. Nonetheless, fund managers are tasked with interpreting data and predicting future trends to allocate clients’ capital efficiently. With the 2017 ‘Investing in African Mining Indaba’ how should they be thinking?
The annual African Mining Indaba will take place from 6-9 February in Cape Town, connecting investors with mining companies and governments. On the sidelines of this conference, SAIIA will host two important events.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 159, January 2017
There is an increasing global demand for food, water and energy. All three are inter-linked, a fact that has increasingly become the focus of attention for policy makers and governments.
China has published a notice that the processing and sale of ivory and ivory products 'will be stopped by December 31, 2017.' Following a decision taken at the latest Convention on International Trade in Endangered Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference to end all domestic trade in ivory, China has duly made a credible commitment to this end.
SAIIA Policy Briefing 153, November 2016
A farmer is weeding his fields by hand deep in rural Tanzania – it seems a timeless scene, far removed from the high-tech, interconnected world of today. Yet the weather forecasts that the farmer used to time his planting, the inexpensive mobile phone that he uses to check market prices before harvesting, and possibly even the potential to receive government assistance should his region be struck by drought all depend, in some or other way, on space technology.
With 27,000 African savannah elephants a year illegally killed for their ivory, the species is in peril. Now international action at CITES and the closure of domestic ivory markets are attacking the ivory trade at both ends. But we must also give our full support to 'elephant neighbour' communities.
The upcoming 2016 World Food Prize will honour contributions in the field of biofortification. With almost one person in four being undernourished in Africa, what do recent experiences tell us about the role that biofortified foods can play in ensuring nutritious and safe food for the continent?
There has been growing interest in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and in particular, whether this international conference will decide to extend the international ban on elephant ivory - in place since 1990 – into domestic markets.
A crucial international wildlife meeting is currently taking place in South Africa. But can these kinds of high-level conferences translate into local actions to protect endangered wildlife such the African elephant? In an article for The Mercury, SAIIA Senior Researcher Yu-Shan Wu discusses the findings of her latest research into the matter.
Dozens of wildlife species are endangered, pushed ever closer to extinction by habitat loss and illegal trade. This is an important and disquieting element of the so-called Anthropocene, the proposed geological epoch to describe the current period, in which the earth and its complex systems have been fundamentally shaped by human activity. The illegal wildlife trade, which has been estimated at $7 billion to $23 billion a year, is the world’s fourth-largest form of transnational organized crime.
Thursday, 22 September 2016

Time for Change

Tusk, in association with Stop Ivory and SAIIA, held a 'Time For Change' international lunchtime reception on the eve of CITES CoP17. The event drew the world's attention to the continuing crisis in poaching and the need to maintain momentum in tackling the issue.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 244, September 2016
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 243, September 2016
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