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Electoral Reform:

Can we build a better democracy?

By June 2022, Parliament must amend SA’s electoral law to allow independent candidates to contest national and provincial elections, as ordered by the Constitutional Court.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Budget Briefing

Forum report

On the morning of 23rd April 2013, Diakonia Council of Churches and the Democracy Development Programme, with the support of the Konrad Adeauer Stiftung, hosted a briefing aimed at informing citizens and particularly civil society organisations about the 2013/2014 eThekwini municipality budget. The budget was presented by Krish Kumar, the Deputy City Manager: Treasury and Finance for the City of Durban, and the respondent for the day was Roy Chetty, a civil society activist.

Second Annual Frederik van Zyl Slabbert Honorary Lecture

Aufruf zur Förderung einer aktiven Bürgergesellschaft in Südafrika

Am 26. April 2013 veranstaltete die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung gemeinsam mit dem Frederik van Zyl Slabbert (FVZS) Institute for Political Leadership an der Universität Stellenbosch die jährliche Frederik van Zyl Slabbert Honorary Lecture, einen Festvortrag zum Gedenken an den gleichnamigen im Jahr 2000 verstorbenen, südafrikanischen Politiker, Sozialwissenschaftler und Verfechter demokratischer Werte.

Aufgewachsen in einem “Apartheid-Museum”

Jugend und Versöhnung in Südafrika

Das KAS-Länderprojekt Südafrika nimmt das stiftungsübergreifende Jahresmotiv 2013 „Perspektiven der Jugend“ zum Anlass, eine Reihe von Informationsseminaren zum aktuellen South African Reconciliation Barometer (SARB) zu veranstalten.

The state of political violence in KwaZulu-Natal

The Democracy Development Programme (DDP), a long term partner of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), wrapped up its 2012 political forums by partnering with local radio station Gagasi FM to host a public panel discussion on the recent spate of political killings and violence in KwaZulu-Natal on the 19th November, 2012 at the Elangeni Hotel in Durban.

The Responsibility to Protect: From Evasive to Reluctant Action?

The Role of Global Middle Powers

In this publication, researchers from leading think-tanks in the four GIBSA countries present a variety of viewpoints on Right to Protect "R2P". While the GIBSA countries demonstrate widespread support for R2P, there is no single overriding position. Many of their official standings mirror the arguments on R2P in the global discourse. The publication aims to stimulate new thinking and to nurture a common understanding of the use and limitations of R2P. This discussion is urgently needed given that many internal conflicts are still being waged that put civilian populations at risk.

The Responsibility to Protect

Views from South Africa, Brazil, India and Germany

In light of the intervention in Libya and the crisis in Syria, several states are reflecting on their positions on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). As a reaction to the on-going debate, a dialogue meeting was held in Pretoria on 7 June. Researchers, students and government representatives from India, Brazil, South Africa and Germany discussed the concept of R2P, including its various interpretations, applications and shortcomings – and the way forward.

Ethics, Education and Economy

Challenges and new directions

"Ethics, Education and Economy: Challenges and new directions” was the title of a conference organised by Konrad Adenauer Foundation in cooperation with St. Augustine College, held at the College’s auditorium in Johannesburg on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2012. The conference was the third of a series that focuses on challenges to the economic system in South Africa.

Two events, many anniversaries

KAS SOUTH AFRICA CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTITUTION

Four anniversaries in total were commemorated in two separate KAS events, one held in Johannesburg on May 15th 2012, the other in Cape Town on May 17th.

Forschungspartnerschaften stärken – für Innovation und nachhaltige Entwicklung

Deutsch-Südafrikanisches Jahr der Wissenschaft 2012/2013

„Unser Ziel ist es, globale Verantwortung zu tragen und nachhaltigen Innovationen den Weg zu bereiten“ – Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan, aus ihrer Eröffnungsrede zum Deutsch-Südafrikanischen Wissenschaftsjahr am 16.04.2012 in Kapstadt. Ein Bericht von Jonathan von Gutzeit, Intern im KAS-Büro Kapstadt

International Conference on The “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework

Charting a Future or Taking the Wrong Turn for Business and Human Rights?

Auf Initiative der KAS Südafrika, des SAIFAC sowie der Universität Hong Kong kamen am 23. und 24. Januar 2012 rund 100 internationale Akademiker, Praktiker und Studenten der Rechtswissenschaften im Auditorium des Constitutional Courts Johannesburg zusammen und gingen in Präsentationen, Vorträgen und Diskussionen der Frage nach, welche Rolle die vom UN-Sonderbeauftragten für Menschenrechte John Ruggie verfassten Berichte zum besseren Menschenrechtsschutz in der Zukunft des internationalen Rechts spielen können und sollten.