Development in Fragile Contexts

Recommendations from African civil society

The African Civil Society Dialogue on Development in Fragile Contexts gathers input from Afri-can civil society organizations and African aid experts on how government donors can better support peace- and state-building and development in fragile states. The first conference, organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and the Global Public Policy Institute, took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 18 October 2013. The recommendations and outcomes of the conference are summarized in the following.

Development in Fragile Contexts: African Civil Society Recommendations for the EU-US Development Dialogue

Workshop from Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Global Public Policy Institute with African Civil Society on October 18

The objective of the African Civil Society Dialogue was to collect input from African civil society organizations and African experts on aid in fragile states. Outcomes from this workshop will be presented at the Transatlantic Civil Society Dialogue.

No competitors, but partners to be

The BRICS states must first find their role in order to form a stable partnership with the EU

The association of the growing economies of Brasil, Russia, India, China and South Africa represents 40 percent of the world’s population and, as of now, 25 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. Nevertheless, the chairman of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Elmar Brok, doesn’t see the so-called BRICS states as competitors for Europe. “I am relatively relaxed by the potential threat of the BRICS for Europe”, Brok said at an event organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin.

Annual SAIIA-KAS International Careers Evening

Turning your passion into a profession

On Wednesday, 14 August 2013, SAIIA and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) held its Annual SAIIA-KAS Careers evening, addressing university students from around the Gauteng province. An astounding number of more than 300 students attended this year’s event, including a 60-member delegation from the University of Pretoria. Students also attended from the University of the Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg, University of South Africa and St Augustine’s College.

The Khoisan in contemporary South Africa

Challenges of recognition as an indigenous people

South Africa continues to deal with the legacy of apartheid as its indigenous peoples were dispossessed of their land and their communities and cultures were destroyed as part of that legacy.

Budget Briefing

Forum report

On the morning of 23rd April 2013, Diakonia Council of Churches and the Democracy Development Programme, with the support of the Konrad Adeauer Stiftung, hosted a briefing aimed at informing citizens and particularly civil society organisations about the 2013/2014 eThekwini municipality budget. The budget was presented by Krish Kumar, the Deputy City Manager: Treasury and Finance for the City of Durban, and the respondent for the day was Roy Chetty, a civil society activist.

The state of political violence in KwaZulu-Natal

The Democracy Development Programme (DDP), a long term partner of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), wrapped up its 2012 political forums by partnering with local radio station Gagasi FM to host a public panel discussion on the recent spate of political killings and violence in KwaZulu-Natal on the 19th November, 2012 at the Elangeni Hotel in Durban.

50 Years Democracy and Freedom Worldwide

European and International Cooperation of KAS

This year Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) celebrates its 50th anniversary. This publication reflects on KAS activities worldwide and thus provides a unique insight into the most important international political developments over the last half-century.

The Responsibility to Protect: From Evasive to Reluctant Action?

The Role of Global Middle Powers

In this publication, researchers from leading think-tanks in the four GIBSA countries present a variety of viewpoints on Right to Protect "R2P". While the GIBSA countries demonstrate widespread support for R2P, there is no single overriding position. Many of their official standings mirror the arguments on R2P in the global discourse. The publication aims to stimulate new thinking and to nurture a common understanding of the use and limitations of R2P. This discussion is urgently needed given that many internal conflicts are still being waged that put civilian populations at risk.

Traditional Courts in South Africa

A stumbling block on the road towards a modern constitutional state?

The controversial Traditional Courts Bill (TBC), which was taken off the parliamentary schedule in 2008 on the grounds that it was unconstitutional, has reappeared on the political agenda. Critics claim that the reappearance of the Bill is not a coincidence but a strategic move by President Jacob Zuma to secure political support, particularly amongst traditional leaders, for his reelection as presidential candidate at the ANC’s elective conference in December 2012. The report by KAS intern Tobias Reinauer illustrates the pros and cons of Traditional Courts in today's South Africa.