Supporting Government Policy Making: Sharing South African and German Think Tank Experience

Conference Report

South Africa and Germany have a well developed think tank community, ranking among the best in their respective regions. They can play a key role as ‘analysis channels’ in assisting their governments in their global roles. The 21st century global environment, however, requires think tanks to focus and evaluate constantly how relevant their work is for policy makers. Therefore KAS with its partner SAIIA, supported by the ISS, HSS and the German Embassy, convened a workshop with representatives from German and South African think tanks, journalists and government representatives.

Strengthening the UNSC: Tapping into German and South African Experience

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation together with its partners, the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the South African Institute of International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies hosted a conference on the German and South African non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. The conference was kindly supported by the German Embassy in South Africa and zivik. The conference report is now available online.

Host City Cape Town Green Goal Legacy Report

A year after the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, Host City Cape Town’s award-winning environmental programme, Green Goal 2010, was in the spotlight again, when its 130-page Legacy Report was launched. The report captures the spirit and intent of Cape Town’s “triple bottom line” approach to sustainably hosting the World Cup, describing the environmental, social and economic context of hosting the event.

The Relevance of International Standards for Labour Law and Social Security

Call for Papers

The organisers of the international conference "INTERACTION BETWEEN INTERNATIONAL, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL LABOUR LAW AND SOCIAL SECURITY: STANDARDS AND METHODS", to be hosted on 13-14 October 2011 at the University of Stellenbosch invite academics and practitioners to submit research and policy based papers.

Cooperative Government: The oil of the engine

'The oil of the engine’ describes the role of intergovernmentalrelations within a multitiered system. It is the unseen layer that allows the various parts of government to operate, to reach their potential and to serve the interests of the whole. Cooperative government is meant to strengthen each of these spheres and not to reduce or curtail their effectiveness This KAS Policy Paper by Bertus de Villiers and Jabu Sindane provides a general albeit brief overview of the system of cooperative government in South Africa and an assessment of how the system operates in practice.

The Things that Unite Us

Konferenz der FW de Klerk Foundation

"The Things that Unite us" was the title of a conference held on 2. February 2011 and hosted by the FW de Klerk Foundation in partnership with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung that focussed on the unifying factors in South African society, such as Sport, Ubuntu, universal values and last but not least the South African Constitution. This post-conference publication includes the speeches made by former President FW de Klerk, Anglican Archbishop Thabo Magkoba, Rugby Player Morne' du Plessis, and other prominent South Africans.

How will South Africa Talk Democracy without a Free Press?

Article by Lynsey Chutel, KAS/SAIIA intern

The fate of media self-regulation in South Africa now rests with parliament. At inception, South Africa’s post-apartheid press laws and regulatory framework were moulded on international precedent established by thriving democracies such as the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Supported by the one of the world’s most liberal constitutions, South Africa seems to be failing to uphold these high standards. Will South Africa show the world that it is still committed to media freedom, which is threathened by the proposed Protection of Information Bill (POI) and Media Appeals Tribunal (MAT)?

No 'one cheque fits all' for SA politics

Book Review

Anthony Butler analyzes in his new book 'Paying for Politics: Party Funding and Political Change in SA and the Global South' why Party Funding is such a difficult area to regulate and why a 'one size fits all' approach won't work. The book further explores the experiences of selected countries, such as Mexico, Malaysia, Botswana, Russia, Brazil and South Africa, through the pens of a range of contributors, as well as the latest thinking on international best practice. The book, funded by Konrad-Aenauer-Stiftung, is published by Jacana.

Paying for Politics

Book Review

On 22. November 2010 The Sowetan published a review of the book 'Paying for Politics: Party Funding and Political Change in South Africa and the Global South'. The book, edited by Anthony Butler and published by Jacana was funded by Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation.

Can We Go Against the Flow of Money?

Article by Anthony Butler in City Press

In his new book 'Paying for Politics', published by Jacana and funded by KAS, Anthony Butler focusses on Party Funding and what influence it has on the state of democracy. Democratic politics is expensive because parties need to organise citizens, to formulate public policy and to campaign for office.But private funding of political parties can lead to political corruption because money can be exchanged for policy influence, licences or government contracts. The rich can buy access to ministers and officials.