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Scaling The Social Economy for Greater Impact

Annual Conference on the social Economy

The theme for this year’s annual conference on the social economy was “scaling the social economy for greater impact”. The conference was hosted at the WITS Business School and it was co-organized by KAS, Centre for Entrepreneurship of the Wits Business School and the People Bottomline which focused on exploring the challenges related to scaling of the social economy in South Africa. Scaling is considered as one of the most antagonistic topics as far as social economy is concerned and this conference was indeed efficacious. more…

Event Reports | September 16, 2015

Getting Graduates to work

Redirecting South Africa's Economic Future

The 26th of August was indeed a vibrant night in the Library Auditorium of Kingsway campus at the University of Johannesburg with a policy conversation organized by Youth Lab and funded by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS). Quite a heated discussion in which the young people got to explore and brainstorm various ways graduates can access, create and own economic opportunities. more…

Event Reports | September 1, 2015

Where Can Your Humanities Degree Take You?

KAS-SAIIA Annual Careers Evening 2015

About 300 students attended the annual careers evening hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) in partnership with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). A very successful occasion during which the students got the opportunity to meet and engage with very prominent speakers such as Leslie Maasdorp, Vice President of the BRICS New Development Bank, in a panel discussion. more…

Event Reports | August 26, 2015

"Tracking the Pulse of the People"

Value change in post-apartheid South Africa

The latest results of the World Value Survey South Africa 2013 provide a comprehensive insight into the public perception of the South African democracy. Against this background, Prof. Hennie Kotzé from Stellenbosch University presented the results during a breakfast briefing, jointly held by the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Commission) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS) South Africa. more…

Event Reports | June 5, 2015

When Xenophobia Rears Its Ugly Head: A Challenge to Responsible and Responsive Governance

The article from the Democracy Development Program (DDP) is a reflection on both DDP’s understanding of, and response to, the xenophobic attacks in April 2015. This paper details the DDP’s response of mobilising relevant stakeholders to provide a comprehensive and sustainable response to the xenophobic crisis as well as its stance to provide targeted community dialogues and constant engagement with local government to ensure that the plight of the African migrant community is protected and their human rights are upheld, so that xenophobia does not rear its ugly head time and time again. more…

May 30, 2015