The Power of Human Rights and Power Politics in the UNSC

The Foreign Policy Forum: Regional Powers in Global Politics accompanies South Africa's membership in the UN Security Council during 2019-2020. It consists of a series of six round tables 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 round table consists of a select group of local and international experts. In this fourth event we are discussing the role human rights are playing in the Security Council. Key questions to be discussed are: Is the UN Security Council the right place to discuss human rights issues? Should human rights issues be discussed more frequently? How to discuss human rights violations with great powers? Is there an instrumentalization of human rights for power politics?


Are refugees unwelcome in South Africa?

Exploring the ramifications of the Refugees Amendment Act
More about the forum: South Africa is home to many refugees who are fleeing persecution and conflict in their countries of origin, predominantly coming from elsewhere in Africa.

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The FW de Klerk Foundation - in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) - invites you to attend our Annual Conference.

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SA Ubuntu Networking Breakfast with Pieter-Louis Myburgh

Gangster State ‎and The Republic of Gupta
This networking breakfast hosted by the SA Ubuntu Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation will open the floor for Pieter-Louis Myburgh.


Unpacking the implications of the National Health Insurance

The Constitution @ Work
Please join us for the fourth and final of our 2019 discussion series, co-hosted by the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS). On November 28, our panel will unpack the implications of the proposed National Health Insurance Bill.

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International Law and Justice for Victims of the Gross Human Rights Violation of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

The KAS Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa in cooperation with the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC) and the South African Research Chair in International Law (SARCIL) would like to invite you to attend this conference.


Public Procurement Law Training, Limpopo Province

Training for the Limpopo branch of the public protector (PP)
In continuation of the training programme for the Office of the Public Protector (PP), this workshop targets investigators of the PP Limpopo Branch.


Anti-Xenophobia Seminar

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the South African Council of Churches invite interested stakeholders to the Anti-Xenophobia seminar. The aim of the seminar is to promote social cohesion by reflecting on xenophobia attacks, discuss the possible causes of the attacks and devising solutions to prevent future attacks. The seminar also aims to strengthen conflict resolution skills of community leaders and improve liaison with the government and other agencies on the provision of relief during attacks.

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Discourse Café with Prof. Rachel Jafta on Social Innovation

Business Solutions for Social Problems
The well-proven Discourse Café series organised by the Frederik van Zyl Slabbert (FVZS) Institute and supported by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) provided a platform for Prof. Rachel Jafta, social entrepreneur and Associate Professor at the Economics Department at the University of Stellenbosch, to engage with young people and give them advice on how to solve social problems by using business skills.

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Demokratien unter Druck und die Herausforderungen der Parteienzusammenarbeit

Mitarbeiterkonferenz des Teams Afrika südlich der Sahara in Kapstadt
Vom 24. bis zum 28. Oktober 2016 fand in Kapstadt (Südafrika) die Mitarbeiterkonferenz des Teams Afrika südlich der Sahara unter dem Thema "Demokratien unter Druck und die Herausforderungen der Parteienzusammenarbeit“ unter Anwesenheit von Dr. Gerhard Wahlers, Stellv. Generalsekretär der KAS, sowie Günter Nooke, Afrikabeauftragter der Bundeskanzlerin und des BMZ, statt. Die Gespräche im Rahmen der MAK wurden durch die Teilnahme der Staatspräsidenten a.D. Motlanthe und de Klerk sowie des Erzbischofs von Kapstadt bereichert.

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Ein Tor für die Umwelt!

by Christina Teichmann

Erstes klimaneutrales Handballturnier in Kapstadt
Wie gut sich Sport eignet, um wichtige Themen wie Umwelt-und Klimaschutz einem jungen Publikum zu vermitteln, zeigte das erste klimaneutrale Handballturnier in Kapstadt, das die KAS in Kooperation mit ihrem Partner Play Handball ZA und dem Deutschen Handballbund (DHB) ausrichtete.

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Symposium: New Frontiers in Global Environmental Constitutionalism

Implementing Human and Environmental Rights in Global Contexts
The symposium examined whether and the extent to which constitutional and other rights-based approaches, including international and regional human rights, promote environmental protection.

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UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa

by Tilmann Feltes

Post-COP21 Expert Roundtable-Discussion
The Roundtable discussion reflected in an interdisciplinary manner on the COP21 Paris Agreement and particularly what challenges and opportunities arise from the Agreement and how law, politics, finance and related mechanisms can further climate change justice ahead and enfold protection mechanisms for the most vulnerable.

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by Hannah Gauss

“Drawing on the past to build a future inclusive and united South Africa”
South Africa is currently under rising pressure from the economic, social and political sphere. Social movements, made up especially of young South Africans that are spilling from social media platforms into the streets demand affordable education and hold their political leaders to account. At the same time the Rand remains at a low of R15 to the US Dollar – a good point to evaluate how far South Africa has come in the past two decades and what direction it may take in the near future.

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A Roadmap for Sustainable Biofuels and Bioenergy in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Tilmann Feltes

Inter-Disciplinary Experts Group Meeting
The expert workshop organized by the University of Stellenbosch Development and Rule of Law Programme (DROP) and supported by KAS focused on the scientific, political and legal aspects of sustainable biofuels and bioenergy for Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Collective Bargaining and Labour Relations in South Africa

Mail&Guardian Critical Thinking Forum
The question “What needs to change to create jobs and prosperity for all?” was the focus of the Mail and Guardian Critical Thinking Forum on Wednesday, 3 December, organized in collaboration with KAS.

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Die Entwicklung von Werten in Südafrika

by Tilmann Feltes

Eine Diskussion mit Schülern der Deutschen Schule Johannesburg
KAS und die Deutsche Schule Johannesburg (DSJ) organisierten eine Diskussion über die Entwicklung demokratischer Werte in Südafrika. Die Schüler nutzten dabei die Gelegenheit kritisch zu debattieren sowie die Arbeit der KAS kennenzulernen.

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Governing Water Resources in a Time of Drought

Policy Solutions for National and International Water Regimes
South Africa is currently experiencing the worst drought in many years, yet our political and econonmic challenges are still taking precedence. With this backdrop, KAS, in collaboration with the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), invited water experts and practitioners to a workshop on the topic 'Governing water resources in a time of drought'