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April 15, 2011

KAS Publication

Cooperative Government: The oil of the engine

This KAS Policy Paper describes the role of intergovernmental relations within a multitiered system. It is the unseen layer that allows the various parts of government to operate and to serve the interests of the whole. Cooperative government is meant to strengthen each of these spheres and not to reduce their effectiveness. The authors provide a general albeit brief overview of the system of cooperative government in South Africa and an assessment of how the system operates in practice. more…

April 4, 2011

Constitutional Court

Between Law and Politics

On invitation by Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, Prof. Herbert Landau, Judge at the Constitutional Court in Germany, Prof. Dr Christian Roschmann, Head of the KAS-Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa and Dr Werner Böhler, Country Representative of KAS for South Africa met with all eleven ConCourt Judges at the Constitutional Court in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The meeting was followed by a seminar entitled:"Constitutional Court between Law and Politics". more…

March 30, 2011

Digital communication in the region

New report: befriending voters, arresting activists

Exclusively joining forces with Verashni Pillay, the deputy editor of the Mail & Guardian Online, KAS Media Africa takes a closer look if and how the new political communication tools (think: Facebook, YouTube etc.) promote and advance democracy in Sub-Sahara Africa. more…

March 14, 2011
Helen Zille, Praemierministerin der Westkap-Provinz und Dr. Werner Boehler, Landesbeauftragter der KAS unterschreiben das Kooperationsabkommen "Good Governance".

KAS promotes Good Governance in the Western Cape

On 7 March Premier Helen Zille and Dr Werner Boehler of KAS signed the TOR for the Good Governance Project, a co-operation between the Western Cape Provincial Government and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. The cooperation has its origin in a meeting between Premier Zille and Dr Gerhard Wahlers, KAS Deputy Secretary General that took place in Bonn in 2009. It was agreed that KAS would be instrumental in drafting a White Paper on Good Governance by engaging legal experts from South Africa and Germany.

March 10, 2011

New! KAS Media Africa presents:

Welcome to the E-lection Bridge!

The digital two-way street is now open: Starting today, campaign experts from Germany and Africa will share their insights and ideas in exclusive online interviews for KAS Media Africa. The series debuts with prominent players from Berlin and Accra. more…

February 1, 2011

FIFA Nomination

Green Goal Programme nominated for Sport & Environment Award

FIFA has nominated the Host City Cape Town 2010 with its Green Goal Programme for the prestigious International Olympic Committee Award for Sport and Environment. The HC Cape Town Green Goal Programme, developed through a KAS funded workshop series, is based on the environmental concept "Green Goal" by the German Oeko-Institut. The Award is given every two years in recognition of initiatives that promote sustainable development using sport as a vehicle. more…

January 25, 2011


SAIIA- Top Think Tank in Sub-Saharan Africa

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), a longterm partner of KAS, has again been ranked first in the Top 25 Think Tanks in Sub-Saharan Africa and is amongst the 75 (out of 6.480 institutions) “Leading Think Tanks In The World“, according to the 2010 Global “Go-To Think Tanks“-Ranking. The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the Intern. Relations Program, University of Pennsylvania, conducts research on the role of think tanks in the policy making process. more…

December 12, 2010


Party Funding in South Africa

'Paying for Politics: Party Funding in South Africa and the Global South', edited by Anthony Butler, is the product of a cooperation between KAS and Jacana Media. The book explores the challenges of party funding reform in South Africa. Chapters by leading international experts focus on lessons that can be learnt from countries such as Mexico, Botswana, Russia, Brazil and Malaysia. Key controversies, such as one-party dominance, party controlled businesses and corruption are dealt with. more…

September 9, 2010

Elections in Africa

Why Kenya has pulled ahead of Zimbabwe

Kenya and Zimbabwe's last elections were characterized by violence either before or after polling. The outcomes of both were strongly contested by the opposition, and in both cases international intervention produced transitional multi-party governments. On Friday, Kenyans celebrate the promulgation of a new constitution at high-profile ceremonies in Nairobi, while Zimbabwe is still trapped in stage one of its constitution-making process. Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni and Russel Brueton examine why. more…

August 17, 2010

'Ein Stein fuer Afrika'

Partner school receives much needed funds

Two scholars of the Albert-Einstein Gymnasium (AEG) in Ravensburg have startet a project that aims to support a partner school in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal. The school was identified by KAS-partner Democracy Development Programm (DDP) in Durban. The funds that the project has managed to secure will be handed over to the school during an annual DDP conference that takes place from 14-15 October in Durban. In the following interview the two German scholars tell what made them initiate the project. more…