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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The Development of Values in South Africa

KAS-SAIIA Alumni and Network Dinner 2015
On the evening of the 30th of November, 20 KAS-SAIIA alumni and partners reunited at the annual alumni and network gathering. The theme for the evening was the development of values in South Africa. A dinner speech was held by Professor Hennie Kotzé, of the Centre for International and Comparative Politics at the University of Stellenbosch, focusing on the latest results of the World Values Survey 2013. A discussion followed, in which relevant issues relating to democracy, values, and politics in contemporary South Africa were raised.

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Health Services Innovation for Africa

The Launch of Stellenbosch Good Governance Forum (SGGF)
After the KAS-supported launch of the Stellenbosch Good Governance Forum (SGGF), SGGF und KAS organised a conference on "Health Service Innovation for Africa" to promote the development of innovative strategies and their implementation to meet the challenges of public health care in Africa.

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South Africa's Insurgent Citizens

DDP Public Forum
KAS partner Democracy Development Program (DDP) hosted a forum on 'South Africa's Insurgent Citizens' which offered a platform to explore the rise of insurgent citizenship in South Africa given recent student protests.

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Discourse Café 14. Oktober 2015

by Christina Teichmann

Am 14. Oktober 2015 lud die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung gemeinsam mit ihrem Partner, dem Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert Institut zu einem Discourse Café an der Universität Stellenbosch ein. Zu Gast war dieses Mal die südafrikanische Schriftstellerin Antjie Krog, die vor allem durch ihren halbfiktionalen Roman „Country of my skull“ international bekannt wurde. Das Buch, wie auch die meisten ihrer anderen Werke, setzt sich mit der Aufarbeitung der Apartheidsgeschichte Südafrikas und der Arbeit der „Truth & Reconciliation Commission“ auseinander.

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Alte Muster aufbrechen - Transformationsbewegungen an südafrikanischen Hochschulen

by Nancy Msibi

Das Thema "Transforming South Africa's Tertiary Institutions" stand im Mittelpunkt eines Films mit anschließender Diskussion, zu der die Konrad Adenauer Stiftung gemeinsam mit ihrem Partner Youth Lab eingeladen hatte.

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Scaling The Social Economy for Greater Impact

Annual Conference on the social Economy
The theme for this year’s annual conference on the social economy was “scaling the social economy for greater impact”. The conference was hosted at the WITS Business School and it was co-organized by KAS, Centre for Entrepreneurship of the Wits Business School and the People Bottomline which focused on exploring the challenges related to scaling of the social economy in South Africa. Scaling is considered as one of the most antagonistic topics as far as social economy is concerned and this conference was indeed efficacious.

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Getting Graduates to work

Redirecting South Africa's Economic Future
The 26th of August was indeed a vibrant night in the Library Auditorium of Kingsway campus at the University of Johannesburg with a policy conversation organized by Youth Lab and funded by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS). Quite a heated discussion in which the young people got to explore and brainstorm various ways graduates can access, create and own economic opportunities.

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Where Can Your Humanities Degree Take You?

KAS-SAIIA Annual Careers Evening 2015
About 300 students attended the annual careers evening hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) in partnership with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). A very successful occasion during which the students got the opportunity to meet and engage with very prominent speakers such as Leslie Maasdorp, Vice President of the BRICS New Development Bank, in a panel discussion.

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"Tracking the Pulse of the People"

Value change in post-apartheid South Africa
The latest results of the World Value Survey South Africa 2013 provide a comprehensive insight into the public perception of the South African democracy. Against this background, Prof. Hennie Kotzé from Stellenbosch University presented the results during a breakfast briefing, jointly held by the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Commission) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS) South Africa.

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Studien- und Dialogprogramm für Vertreter von Arbeitgebern und Wissenschaft aus Südafrika

Inlandsprogramme der Adenauer-Stiftung
Auf Einladung der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung ist in dieser Woche eine Delegation von Vertreter von Regierung, Unternehmen, Wissenschaft und gesellschaftlichen Organisationen aus Südafrika zu Gast in Erfurt und Berlin, um sich mit der Frage auseinanderzusetzen, wie die Sozialpartnerschaft gestärkt und eine besser Einbindung aller von den Entscheidungen betroffenen Akteure in den Entscheidungsprozess erreicht werden kann. Das Besucherprogramm wurde vom Team Inlandsprogramme organisiert und wird von Herrn Dr. Holger Dix, Leiter des Auslandsbüros Südafrika der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, begleitet.