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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.


"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.


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.


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.


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.


‘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.


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.


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.


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.


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

The Social and Solidarity Economy Conference Report

On the 3rd and 4th of September 2014 representatives from the government, economic sector and academic institutions gathered for a second time, on the invitation of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), to discuss and exchange ideas on the role of the social economy for South Africa’s sustainable development. Presentations and panel dis-cussions stressed questions of development, funding and the legislative framework for socially responsible corporations. Matthias Schäfer, head of the Economic Policy Department of KAS in Berlin, gave insight into the German model of the Social Market Economy.

Former President FW de Klerk Speech: The Future of Property Rights in South Africa

Speech of the former president, FW de Klerk, on the future of property rights in South Africa.

SAIIA-KAS Annual Careers Evening Report, Wits

The Konrad–Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in partnership with its partner the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), hosted a careers evening to engage with students and explore on what path a Humanities Degree can lead you.

KAS-GPPi African Civil Society Workshop Report 14-15 August 2014

Over the 14 and 15 August, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) co-hosted an African Civil Society Circle workshop with its partner the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi). The intention of the workshop was to expand on a new initiative to strengthen the voices of Sub-Saharan African civil society organizations in global debates and forums on development issues. In total 10 different organizations, excluding KAS and GPPi, took part in the pilot gathering of this Civil Society Circle.

History didn’t end in Africa

Fachkonferenz in der Villa La Collina in Cadenabbia

Die Entwicklung des afrikanischen Kontinents seit dem Fall der Berliner Mauer war das Thema einer Fachkonferenz vom 20.-23.7.2014 in der Villa La Collina in Cadenabbia, zu der die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung und die südafrikanische Brenthurst Foundation eingeladen hatten. Vertreter von Regierungen, der EU, Think Tanks, Universitäten, Unternehmen, Banken und Diplomaten aus acht afrikanischen Staaten sowie aus China, Costa Rica, Großbritannien, Indien und der USA verfolgten insbesondere die Frage, welche Auswirkungen das Ende des Kalten Krieges auf die Ideologiediskussion in Afrika hatte.

Good Public Leadership

Die Rolle der südafrikanischen Universitäten in der Herausbildung von Führungskräften

Am 19. Juni 2014 veranstaltete die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung gemeinsam mit der School of Public Leadership (SPL) der Universität Stellenbosch, dem Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) und dem Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert Institute (FVZS) eine weitere Veranstaltung der Reihe “The Constitution and Good Public Leadership”. Das Arbeitsfrühstück fand in den Räumlichkeiten der SPL auf dem Universitätscampus Bellville in Kapstadt statt und beschäftigte sich mit der Rolle der südafrikanischen Universitäten in der Herausbildung gesellschaftlicher Führungskräfte.

Landreform und Ernährungssicherheit in Südafrika

Johannesburg, 19. – 20. Juni 2014

Das Länderprojekt der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Südafrika veranstaltete am 19. und 20. Juni 2014 gemeinsam mit der rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der North-West University (NWU) ihre jährliche Konferenz zur Ernährungssicherheit, auf der vornehmlich rechtliche Fragen der Landverteilung besprochen wurden.

Die politischen Mitspracherechte seit 1994

SAIFAC-Konferenz zu 20 Jahren Demokratie in Südafrika

Am 29. Mai 2014 veranstaltete die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung gemeinsam mit ihrem Partner South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC) eine Fachkonferenz über die Entwicklung der politischen Mitspracherechte in Südafrika seit dem Ende der Apartheid. Die Konferenz, die am symbolgeladenen Ort des Verfassungsgerichts stattfand, bildete einen wichtigen Bestandteil des Veranstaltungsprogramms der KAS im zwanzigsten Jubiläumsjahr der südafrikanischen Demokratie.

Mail & Guardian Critical Thinking Forum 27.05.2014

Youth Unemployment in South Africa: Challenges to Social Security and the Labour Market

Die KAS führt in Kooperation mit der Wochenzeitung Mail & Guardian und der nationalen Planungskommission der südafrikanischen Regierung eine Veranstaltungsreihe zum Thema Jugendarbeitslosigkeit in Südafrika durch. Vier Vertreter aus Regierung, Wissenschaft und Arbeitgeberorganisationen diskutierten am 27. Mai 2014 über die Herausforderungen für soziale Sicherungssysteme und den Arbeitsmarkt.

Internationale Rechtskonferenz an der Universität Pretoria


Vom 16. bis zum 17. Mai 2014 veranstaltete die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung gemeinsam mit der rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Pretoria (UP) eine juristische Fachkonferenz mit dem Titel „The Implementation of International Law in South Africa – Strengthening the Rule of Law by Following the German model?“. Auf dem Campus der UP diskutierten 62 Teilnehmer vergleichend das Vorgehen Deutschlands und Südafrikas zur Implementierung internationaler Verträge.