DDP report on political dialogues

2014 South African General Elections

Report on a series of dialogues with political party representatives conducted by KAS partner Democracy Development Programme (DDP) in the run-up to the 2014 South African General Elections

20 Years of Democracy and the Fifth Parliamentary Elections in South Africa

In the latest parliamentary elections, the ruling African National Congress could once again assert its power. The high voter turnout demonstrated the importance of the young democracy to the South African people. However, the new government is facing major efforts to ensure the country’s economic and social situation do not deteriorate.

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Edition 1 - June 2014

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Youth Unemployment in South Africa

Impacts on longer term political stability

Since its first democratic elections in 1994, doomsayers within and outside of South Africa have predicted a fate akin to that of many other failed post-colonial African states for the country. Despite quantifiable evidence of developmental progress; an economy that has maintained a steady growth trajectory (with the exception of 2009, when it, like many of its peers, briefly dipped into recession as consequence of the global economic crisis); and a sustained commitment to the rule of law, it did not deter those who continued to entertain scenarios of impending chaos.

South African Cities Two Decades on from Apartheid

Historically Divided between Rich and Poor

Two decades on from the end of apartheid, South Africa remains ethnically divided where the distribution of wealth is concerned. A larger black middle class is definitely capable of making changes to this unsatisfactory situation – but this will not necessarily affect the cityscape. There is no shortage of suggestions for solutions to create a more inclusive city. But the last 20 years have shown that large parts of the plans have proved ineffective in removing the historic barriers in real life.

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.