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A South African court has granted the world’s largest rhino breeder a permit to sell his stockpile of rhino horn to local buyers.
Paul Kagame has been re-elected as president of Rwanda – a position he has held since 2000.
Sonke Gender Justice and SAIIA researchers Matebe Chisiza and Yarik Turianskyi explore how Rwanda has managed to be the world’s leading example in terms of female representation in politics.
The recurring xenophobic violence is no new matter in South Africa. In 2006 an assessment on South Africa's state of democracy by the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), urged the government to address the perception that migrant workers are unfair competition for locals.
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?
Monday, 27 February 2017

The Future of Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe turned 93 last week, making him both one of the oldest and longest-serving presidents on the continent.
Technology for Accountability, or 'T4A', is fast becoming the latest catchphrase in development. Also called 'civil tech', T4A broadly refers to any use of technology to further the aims of good governance, enhance transparency and promote accountability. To explore this area, SAIIA held a workshop on 'Technology and Accountability in Africa in the 21st Century' on 3 November 2016.
The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be visiting five African countries this month namely Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Republic of Congo and Nigeria. This would mark the Foreign Minister's first overseas destination.
Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Trump’s plans for Africa

Donald Trump's election as the 45th President of the United States of America was announced on 10 November 2016 - a day set to be remembered in history books.
The unexpected presidential win by Donald Trump has sent shock waves across the globe, largely because during his presidential campaign a series of highly controversial statements were made by the Republican candidate on women, the fight against terrorism, migration and global warming.
The integration of transport networks within Africa has long been a priority for the continent, for reasons of trade and political development. Last week, the dream to connect all major African cities through a high-speed railway network took a critical step forward with the signing of a five-year action plan between the African Union and China.
The 2016 Mo Ibrahim Index was released earlier this month.
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.
Tuesday, 30 August 2016

South Africa and the DRC

The South African Institute of International Affairs' (Saiia's) Senior Researcher Neissan Besharati speaks to Polity's Sashnee Moodley about our latest research: South Africa and the DRC – Evaluating a South-South partnership for peace, governance and development. Click here to read the related report Watch the video by clicking on the image above, or click here to view on the PolitySA YouTube Channel.
The 32nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) ran from 10 - 18 July 2016, under the theme ‘A Year of Human Rights, with Special Focus on the Rights of Women’. Towards the end of the week, heads of state sought to elect the new AU Commission chairperson. However, the summit closed without appointing a new head for the organisation. SAIIA researcher Aditi Lalbahadur spoke to CCTV about this inability to agree on a new chairperson and what it signifies for the continental body.
Governance is notoriously difficult to measure – yet numerous global indices attempt to do so. SAIIA’s new paper tracks the governance progress of 52 African countries through various indices, 17 of which have undergone a holistic governance peer-review.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Youth voices for South Africa

This week, seventy-five outstanding young delegates arrived at SAIIA to participate in the fourth Young Leaders Conference, from 26 June to 1 July. These high school learners and university students hosted their own negotiation sessions under the theme ‘Connecting the past to the present: Young South Africans shaping a sustainable future’.
Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Celebrating Youth Month

In South Africa, June has long been celebrated as Youth month. The 16th of June this year marked the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Soweto uprising, and the 15th of June the 24th anniversary of the Day of the African Child. To commemorate this month, our Youth@SAIIA members have been engaging in stimulating discussions on the legacy of June 16 for today’s generation and analysing how young people can be included as valuable contributors in the continent's economic and political developments. Siwapiwe Madubela, a member of the Youth Policy Committee, unpacked these issues on CNBC Africa. 
In March 2016 President Barak Obama undertook a historic visit to Cuba, becoming the first American president to visit the island in 88 years. He has held talks with President Raul Castro in Havana. While diplomatic ties have been restored between the two countries, many issues remain unresolved.
Last week, as political turmoil in Burundi continued to escalate, the African Union (AU) sent a delegation to the troubled East African state. The delegation was headed by South African President Jacob Zuma, and included leaders from Ethiopia, Gabon, Mauritania and Senegal. Shortly prior to that, UN chief Ban Ki-moon was in Burundi as part of international efforts to bring peace and stability to the country.
The US-South African trade relationship has garnered significant attention over the past couple of months, following US President Barack Obama’s notice to South Africa that the country’s benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) will be suspended if it continues to impose longstanding trade barriers to US trade.
There is growing interest in the commercial value of South Africa’s coastal zones, primarily for sand mining to supply the construction sector. While stakeholders, including resident communities, recognise the potential for economic development and employment, there are also significant negative environmental and livelihood consequences.
The annual African Mining Indaba takes place from 8-11 February 2016 in Cape Town, the flagship event for investors, mining companies and governments. But what happens at the Indaba? What are the concerns?
On 2 February, SAIIA hosted a talk by Florizelle Liser, Assistant US Trade Representative for Africa and Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Assistant US Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy. They discussed issues related to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the future of the trade relationship between the US and South Africa.
Just this week, US President Barak Obama set a new deadline with regards to South Africa's privileges under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a non-reciprocal trade preference programme which provides duty-free access to the US market for certain products from eligible sub-Saharan African countries.
A webcast is available of the special workshop on 'China-Africa: a maturing relationship? Growth, change and resilience,' held on 3 December 2015 by SAIIA and the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP).
A new book by SAIIA, African Accountability: What Works and What Doesn’t?, focuses on political and social developments to assess the current state of governance and accountability in Africa.
The largest global conference on climate change is taking place in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015. Known the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UNFCCC it will be held to achieve a legally-binding agreement on climate change actions amongst world leaders.
This year, SAIIA Youth Policy Committee member Morategi Kale will be travelling to Paris to participate in the largest global conference on climate change, COP21.
On 24 November 2015, South Africa’s Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, gave the keynote speech at the launch of SAIIA's book, 'African Accountability: What Works and What Doesn't.'
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