Publications

A Plea for Free Trade

Rational arguments for an emotionally conducted debate

Many people are skeptical of free trade and globalization. These arguments are often emotional and can be scientifically refuted, which is what our authors do in this anthology. With our plea for free trade, we want to make the debate more objective.

Countering the corrupt

The what, who, where, why and how-to of countering corruption

"This book pulls together the themes discussed at four conferences on the topic which were held from 2014 to 2018 and which were organised by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa , which campaigns as Accountability Now and of which the author is a co-founder and a director. The book succeeds admirably in achieving its main aim, which is to provide, in what the author calls ‘a digestible and easily accessible format’, the gist of those discussions." -Forward By: Mr Justice I G Farlam

Effective Multilateralism in Difficult Times? Evaluating Germany’s and South Africa’s Term at the UN Security Council, 2019–2020. By: Prof. Malte Brosig

The Foreign Policy Forum: Regional Powers in Global Politics accompanies South Africa’s membership in the UN Security Council during its two-year term in 2019-2020. It consists of a series of roundtables each dedicated to a particular theme. The overarching topic is the role of regional powers in global affairs which is characterized by a return of great power politics and erosion of multilateralism. Each roundtable consists of a select group of local and international experts. In this fifth event, we are looking back at the last two years and explore achievements and controversies which accompanied the terms of South Africa and Germany in the Security Council. Have both countries fulfilled their promised agenda, how have they dealt with great power contention over Venezuela or Syria? Could non-permanent members ease tensions or have they contributed to block-building? What role can African members of the Security Council play in advancing continental issues?

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Anticipatory Governance in SADC: Reducing Disaster Risk After COVID-19

This paper covers hazardous risks, providing suggestions on how planning and collaboration can assist the SADC in handling disasters of similar nature in future. Publisher: SAIIA

Humans exist in complex adaptive socio-ecologically linked systems that interact, learn, react, change and adapt.

Building Anticipatory Governance in SADC: Post-COVID-19 Conflict and Defence Outlook

This paper examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and explores alternative ways of anticipating future developments in the region. Publisher: SAIIA

Over the past four decades, SADC has been able to substantially advance the strategic goal of regional cooperation, coordination and eventual integration on many levels and is a prominent fixture on the Southern African landscape.

Building Anticipatory Governance in SADC: Post-COVID-19 Governance Outlook

This paper argues that existing governance systems in the region fall short of the adaptive capacity required to navigate complex problems such as COVID-19. Publisher:SAIIA

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the complex and unpredictable challenges that are symptomatic of the current age of socio-ecological transformation, and which increasingly defy conventional governance approaches.

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Futures literacy in mining: Empowering the African Mining Vision

The 10-year review of the African Mining Vision (AMV) is an opportunity to showcase the need for futures literacy, foresight and anticipatory governance. (Publisher: SAIIA)

The COVID-19 pandemic accentuates the lack of anticipatory capabilities in African mining to enable early detection of emerging disruptors with significant impacts on mining futures. Institutionalising futures literacy at the African Mineral Development Centre (AMDC) and the broader extractive industry would build capabilities to embrace alternative futures of mining and to re-imagine positive visions of African mining. Empowering the AMV would enable the envisioning of alternative and contextually appropriate African futures of mining that facilitate anticipatory governance cultures within the mining sector. Adopting these policy suggestions would accelerate the pace of AMV domestication and enhance the ability of the AMDC to use the future and transform the AMV implementation trajectory.

Implications of a Virtual Parliament on its Constitutional Mandate

In this publication, Rebecca Sibanda of the Parliamentary Monitoring Group reviews the performance of South Africa’s Parliament during the Covid-19 epidemic.

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Poor Economy,Poor Education and Planning the Escape

South Africa exited apartheid in 1994 with a fragmented and very unequal education system. The new democratic government had to integrate race-based education departments into a non-racial education system aimed at eradicating racial inequality and preparing learners for the world of work. Unfortunately, in the 27 years since the advent of democracy, the government has only been partially successful in achieving this aim. Although the democratic government registered progress in achieving access and even an improvement in the quality of education, most of the inequalities that existed in the mid-1990s still linger. Most township and deep rural schools still underperform former Model C schools (i.e., former white schools), failing to prepare learners for the 21st-century world of work.

Brittle Democracies? Comparing Politics in Anglophone Africa

The book compares the progress ten select countries, all former colonies of Britain, have made towards the practice of democracy.

This book will be of great interest to a broad readership including students of politics, international relations and history at tertiary educational institutions as well as the readership that is keen to understand what has shaped the post-colonial political experience of some key Anglophone African countries.