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The T20 Africa Standing Group (T20 Africa) held its first Annual Meeting “Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development between G20 and Africa” from 14 to 15 of April in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was eminently revered as the ‘Mother of our Nation’ – a courageous matriarch who fought tirelessly for a non-racist, non-sexist society amid circumstances that could have crushed the strongest of minds.
Against a backdrop of rising nationalist protectionism in some parts of the world, we recently hosted a workshop to unpack regional integration and trade facilitation issues in Africa through a gender sensitive lens. The event was also an opportunity to share practical solutions to boosting inclusive trade and development.
South African Journal of International Affairs Special Issue African Peace Interventions Seen 'From Below': Politics and Disconnects Vol 25.1 is a special issue produced with guest editor Antonia Witt of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany, is now online.
On 1 February 2018, our National Chair Fred Phaswana delivered his annual address. Here is the full text of his speech:
Volume 24.3 of the South African Journal of International Affairs is now online.  Articles include discussion of  South Africa’s BIT with China, a review of Ghana’s 2016 elections, a look at the EPA negotiations between the EU and several African states, an assessment of South Africa’s record on sexual orientation and gender identity politics in Africa, and a challenge to ‘bid farewell’ to the concept of ‘emerging middle powers’. 
Dear SAIIA friends and colleagues,
Previously called the Africa-EU Summit, the AU-EU Summit convenes in Abidjan on 28 and 29 November this year. This triennial gathering brings heads of state together to discuss pressing issues facing Africa and Europe, including youth employment, gender, migration, economic cooperation, and the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) which governs the relationship between the two institutions.
Oliver Reginald Tambo was the face of the ANC in exile.
New books with contributions by our Senior Research Associate Prof Chris Alden shed light on growing security links between China and Africa; and Brazil-Mozambican ties in the area of development assistance:
During a state visit to India in 1995 then president of South Africa Nelson Mandela suggested closer ties between the nations of the Indian Ocean rim.
The electoral commission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this week announced that elections will be postponed until 2019. Elections originally scheduled for December 2016 were pushed back by a year in an agreement struck on 31 December 2016, to accommodate government concerns around an updated voters’ roll with the growing urgency of holding elections.
Free-to-view access through October 2017 is available for Vol 24.2 of the South African Journal of International Affairs, a special issue focused on ‘Reviewing the first decade of the EU-South Africa Strategic Partnership’, produced with guest editors Lesley Masters and Lara Hierro of the University of Johannesburg.
Most states prioritise relations with their nearest neighbours. After all, those on one’s doorstep represent the closest opportunities for trade, travel and political ties. These countries will often share geographical, cultural and ethnic connections, and have had similar historical journeys.
Thursday, 06 July 2017

G20 commitment to Africa

This year Germany has made Africa the focus of its G20 presidency through its Compact with Africa and the Marshall Plan for the continent, which together aim to create a more sustainable environment for private sector participation in African economies.
On 30 June South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, kicked off its week-long policy conference in Johannesburg. Party cadres will meet under the (now ironic) call “The year of Oliver Reginald Tambo: Let us deepen unity!” in memory of one of the ANC’s most formidable and respected leaders.
South Africa has made strides over the last 20 years to promote economic growth and address unemployment, inequality and poverty. Facilitating greater trade, investment and industrialisation is a key part of this strategy.
Monday, 12 June 2017

SAIIA Highlights 2016

The SAIIA’s Highlights of 2016 has just been published, offering an in-depth look at our major research projects and activities last year. Here are five key insights from the report:
This statement is supported by renowned scholars from rising powers of the South as well as Germany. The common position demonstrates our unwavering commitment to the Paris Accord and expresses our determination to deepen joint knowledge creation on existential issues for human survival and sustainable development, for global justice and social integration.
In a world facing growing chasms between poor and rich, terrorism and global pandemics, as well as challenges around political stability and accountability, the time has never been more urgent to facilitate an inclusive global discourse on solving these challenges.
This week government representatives and a range of other stakeholders will be meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York for the Ocean Conference, coinciding with World Oceans Day on June 8.
Volume 24.1 of the South African Journal of International Affairs sports a new cover with the updated SAIIA logo.
The latest issue of the South African Journal of International Affairs Vol 23.4 is now available online.
In his oration at Nelson Mandela’s official burial ceremony in December 2013, Uncle Kathy as Ahmed Kathrada was affectionately known, said that his friend had joined “the A-team” of the ANC, which included Chief Albert Luthuli, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo, Dr Yusuf Dadoo, Helen Joseph and Bram Fischer among others. Now the 87-year-old activist and struggle veteran has also left us to join them in a place that is more serene and less fraught than life on earth. 
Are Southern providers more effective in facilitating peace processes, political settlements and building institutions in fragile states than traditional Western donors are? Is South-South peace-building different in approach, form and outcome than interventions by Western powers in conflict-affected areas?
In February 2015, South Africa experienced an upsurge of xenophobic attacks throughout the country.  In response to this horrendous act, SAIIA Chief Executive, Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, wrote this article and former senior researcher Tjiurimo Hengari wrote a related paper on the subject ‘Xenophobia Trivialises South Africa’s Ambitious Africa Policy’. Earlier this week the violent acts flared up again in Pretoria West. The institute again calls for an end to the violence and the stereotyping of certain groups as more crime-prone than others. South Africa must address the ‘demon’ of xenophobia and violence once and for all if it is to remain…
On 22 February 2017, SAIIA National Chairman Mr Fred T Phaswana delivered his annual address. What follows is the full text of the speech.
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.
The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) has released a new book that questions which energy transformations are under way in the G20, a group of twenty nations that represent 85% of the global economy. SAIIA’s Agathe Maupin has contributed to this publication, focusing on South Africa’s energy challenges and the key lessons that could be derived from the G20 German presidency.
2016 was a tumultuous year, bearing witness to both surprising and worrying developments. Throughout it all, SAIIA endeavoured to provide our readers with a coherent, informed voice: explaining the context behind current events, linking local movements with global shifts, and laying out the scenarios that still exist. Here, we look back over the year that was, and share some of our most popular analyses of – and reactions to – the main news stories of the last year, and how they might be important in 2017.
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