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 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.

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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.

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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.

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KAS-GPPi African Civil Society Circle Workshop Summary, 14-15 August 2014

The inaugural workshop of the African Civil Society Circle was convened on 14-15 August 2014 in Johannesburg with two main overarching goals: to strengthen the connections between think tanks and civil society organisations in Southern Africa and to develop and promote common positions on key development challenges. With these goals in mind, the group discussed and defined thematic priorities, decided on a series of initial outputs that will promote positions on key African development challenges as well as agreed on conferences and fora that the group aims to address and influence.

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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.

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History didn’t end in Africa

by Holger Dix

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.

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Good Public Leadership

by Marius Glitz

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.

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Landreform und Ernährungssicherheit in Südafrika

by Jan Wilhelm Ahmling, Marius Glitz

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.

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Die politischen Mitspracherechte seit 1994

by Jan Wilhelm Ahmling, Marius Glitz

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.

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Mail & Guardian Critical Thinking Forum 27.05.2014

by Jan Wilhelm Ahmling

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.