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Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Open Day 2021

„Politics and trust“

The work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation: focusing on participation, representation, security, and innovation.

Online-Seminar

"Adenauer-Conference" with Armin Laschet

Germany’s Role in International Security Affairs

With a keynote speech on foreign and security policy by Minister-President Armin Laschet, this year's Adenauer Conference opens the discussion on key security issues and international challenges. Besides the priorities for German foreign and security policy, the focus of the debate this year is also on Afghanistan and transatlantic relations.

Discussion

SA's Corona Parliament: Virtually working?

Join Rebecca Sibanda as she launches and discusses the findings of her new paper.

At this event Rebecca Sibanda of the Parliamentary Monitoring Group will launch and discuss the findings of her new paper Implications of a Virtual Parliament on its Constitutional Mandate. In the paper, she reviews the performance of South Africa's Parliament during the Covid-19 epidemic. Enriching and challenging her conclusions will be Marianne Merten of the Daily Maverick. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung thanks the Parliamentary Monitoring Group for its collaboration in this research.

Online-Seminar

Book Launch-The Global South and Comparative Constitutional Law

Philipp Dann, Michael Riegner and Maxim Bönnemann (Editors)

This volume makes a timely intervention into a field marked by a shift from unipolar to multipolar order and a pluralization of constitutional law. It addresses the theoretical and epistemic foundations of Southern constitutionalism and discusses its distinctive themes, such as transformative constitutionalism, inequality, access to justice, and authoritarian legality.

Online-Seminar

Wrecking Ball

Why Permanent Technological Unemployment, a Predictable Pandemic and Other Wicked Problems Will End South Africa’s Experiment in Inclusive Democracy

Wrecking Ball explores, in novel theoretical manner, a decalogue of wicked problems that could easily end contemporary civilization. Written in the vernacular of political economy, it demonstrates that without an inclusive centralized system of global political and economic institutions, the collective action required to solve these wicked problems falls beyond the remit of the world’s 200 still predominantly extractive and elitist polities. To prove its manifold theses, Wrecking Ball grounds its analysis in an extended study of contemporary South Africa and shows that this country’s elitist and extractive political and economic institutions not only make resolution of ongoing domestic crises unattainable, but make meaningful responses to wicked problems impossible.

Online-Seminar

‘What are the obligations of states and corporations to ensure access to a COVID-19 vaccine?

Vaccine access is a matter of life and death for many. For others it is a matter of their livelihoods.

A number of vaccines for COVID-19 have been developed in record time and the hope is that this will bring an end to the death, suffering, and disruption to ordinary life caused by the pandemic. Yet, currently, only a small number of countries from the Global North are being able to vaccinate at a rapid rate with access to COVID-19 vaccines having been conditioned by the ability to make large investments in the developments of the vaccine. The vaccines are being manufactured by large private companies, based almost exclusively in the Global North, who have become household names. Yet, their development involved not only private funding but also large amounts of public money and research. Moreover, some of the vaccines were tested on people living in countries in the Global South, including in South Africa. The patenting of the vaccines not only has allowed for the ability of companies to charge high prices but also restrictions on who may supply the vaccines which is partly responsible for current shortages.

Online-Seminar

Human Rights Law and Children's Right to Education

Can Human Rights Law Provide Guidance on Realising a Child's Right to Education in the Face of a Pandemic?

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, children’s access to education in the African context was already unequal. COVID-19 has exacerbated the situation with lockdowns, widespread school closures, the use of online learning in resource-poor contexts and limited tuition at schools when, and if, they resumed in-person teaching. Apart from these educational impacts, COVID-19 has also affected other rights of children: for instance, there have been increases in domestic violence, as well as an inability to access school meals that provided much-needed nutrition.

Online-Seminar

CANRAD/KAS-Youth and Democracy Series

Impact of Covid-19 on youth: Opportunities and Challenges

COVID-19 has a detrimental effect on the youths and this may prove to be one of its damaging legacies. In fact, the coronavirus crisis risks turning back the clock on years of progress made on young people’s well-being and has put their rights under serious pressure across the globe. Issues of access to education, domestic abuse, child labour and lack of decent work are some of the many challenges that many institutions are grappling with. While the universities, NGOs, as well as governments are turning their attention to these problems, young people also have a key role to play in finding solutions.

Online-Seminar

Poor Education, Poor Economy and Planning the Escape

The South African education system is in crisis. According to Statistics SA, half of all learners drop out of school before reaching matric.

The government fails learners in poor communities by failing to provide schools with adequate infrastructure and qualified teachers. Inequality in South Africa is further exacerbated by an education system that does not adequately prepare learners for the world of work. Learners from disadvantaged communities cannot compete with their peers from affluent communities.

Online-Seminar

The Midpoint Debate: Book Launch Brittle Democracies?

Comparing Politics in Anglophone Africa

Brittle Democracies? Comparing Politics in Anglophone Africa compares the democratic principles, presence and performance of ten former British Colonies across Sub-Saharan Africa. It aims to see what trends are present and what challenges this subset of African democracies face

Renewable Energy and Community Impacts

Research methods and solutions to climate change

Research methods and solution strategies for climate change mitigation, adaptation and low carbon development were addressed at the workshop that was jointly held by the Mandela Institute and the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation South Africa. The discourse highlighted challenges due to global climate change and urged for greater responsibility in addressing the consequences thereof. The research approach introduced by the Mandela Institute seeks to contribute knowledge on how renewable energies could contribute to sustainable development, as well as to the needs of local communities.

South Africa’s political development since 1990

KAS Vice-Chairwoman Prof. Dr. Beate Neuss journey to South Africa

Prof. Dr. Neuss opened the on “‚25 years since 2 February 1990: a Quarter Century of Building and Defending Non-Racial Constitutional Democracy” which was hosted by FW de Klerk Foundation and funded by KAS. High profile speakers like Former President of SA and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mr FW de Klerk and Former President of South Africa Mr Kgalema Motlanthe delivered speeches.

Exploring Rainbow Nation

KAS Vice-Chairwoman Prof. Dr. Beate Neuss journey to South Africa

Looking forward to her eight-day South African journey Prof. Dr. Beate Neuss said: „I have been wishing to travelling to South Africa for a very long time, I am curious especially about the social coexistence of its people and the developments since the end of Apartheid. Many love this beautiful country and of course I want to see it, too.”

KAS goes green

KAS Vice-Chairwoman Prof. Dr. Beate Neuss inaugurates KAS South Africa’s solar system in Johannesburg.

KAS Vice-Chairwoman Prof. Dr. Beate Neuss inaugurates KAS South Africa’s solar system in Johannesburg.

Die Rolle von Sozialpartnerschaften und Innovation im Kampf gegen Jugendarbeitslosigkeit in Südafrika

Die Rolle von Sozialpartnerschaften und Innovation im Kampf gegen die hohe Jugendarbeitslosigkeit in Südafrika stand im Fokus einer Diskussion, die die KAS in Kooperation mit dem Mail & Guardian, der National Planning Commission (NPC) und der Deutschen Botschaft organisierte. Arbeitsmarktexperten und Vertreter innovativer Beschäftigungsinitiativen waren eingeladen, ihre Expertise und Erfahrungen vorzustellen und auszutauschen.

Climate Change, Energy and the Environment Scoping workshop

"Green Economy"- The KAS cooperated with the Mandela Institute of the Wits University Johannesburg on an expert-workshop concerning possible modern energy sources and their benefit and impact on South Africas planned green economy.Here you will find the background paper with essential information concerning the topic the Mandela Institute provided the workshop participants with.

Alumni-Day

The KAS hosted this year an event for their Alumni. We spent a full day with our Alumni starting at OR Tambo to learn more about Lufthansa's A 380. The event will end with a dinner with Pieter Cronje (Communicationexpert) as guest speaker.Here you find pictures of our event and a copy of the very interesting speech of Mr. Cronje.

Water Workshop

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung supported a two day water-awareness workshop hosted by the Center for Environmental Rights (CER) in cooperation with GroundTruth that took place from 20-21 October 2014 in the North-West Province.

"Wir fordern, was uns gehört" - Buchkritik

Lehren aus der südafrikanischen Landreform

Bernadette Atuahene hat mit ihrem Buch „We Want What's Ours“ die erste Phase der Landreform zwischen 1994 und 2008 in Südafrika in über 150 Interviews evaluiert und ein international anwendbares Konzept der Wiederherstellung von Recht und Würde nach Zwangsenteignung durch den Staat geschaffen. Die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung hat mit Frau Atuahene Buchpräsentationen in Johannesburg, Durban, Kapstadt und Pretoria organisiert und finanziert.

The Social and Solidarity Economy - A pathway to Socially Sustainable Development

Bericht zum Kolloquium

Am 3. und 4. September 2014 trafen sich auf Einladung der KAS bereits zum zweiten Mal Vertreter von Regierung, Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft, um sich über die Rolle der Sozialwirtschaft für nachhaltige Entwicklung in Südafrika auszutauschen und zu diskutieren. In Vorträgen und Podiumsdiskussionen fand eine rege Auseinandersetzung mit Fragen zur Förderung, Finanzierung und dem rechtlichen Rahmen für sozial verantwortungsvolle Unternehmen statt.