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As of January 2018 I am working as a research assistant at the Cape Town office for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS). After successfully completing my Masters degree at Maastricht University, the research position at KAS gives me the opportunity to broaden my understanding of the political and economic structures in South Africa. My focus at KAS will be on the upcoming National Election in 2019 and the political implications on South Africa’s economy. Another topic that I will research during my internship at KAS is the current water crisis in the Western Cape. more…

January 16, 2018

The Vth AU-EU summit: a turning point for relations between Africa and Europe?

On 29th and 30th of November 2017 the 5th AU-EU Summit took place in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. 16 of the 28 EU Member States attended the summit, amongst them the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. For both countries Africa stands high on the political agenda, and the ad hoc initiative undertaken at the summit to address the modern slave trade in Libya highlights the joint concern but also the renewed Franco-German partner- and leadership. more…

Andrea Ellen Ostheimer | December 6, 2017

The UN Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees: A New Solution to Migration Management, or more of the same?

SAIIA Occasional Paper No 273, November 2017

This paper by Asmita Parshotam examines the Migration Compact in light of existing tensions among UN member states, what it hopes to achieve, and how it differs from the Global Compact on Refugees. more…

December 5, 2017

National Church Leaders' Consultation

On Wednesday the 18th October 2017 church leaders from all over South Africa gathered in Johannesburg aiming to define common approaches to health, social and economic issues. more…

Event Reports | October 30, 2017

New Research Assistant introduces herself

The new research assistant Ruth Anna Hejtmanek introduces herself. more…

October 16, 2017