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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KAS/SAIIA Careers Evening 2013

by Marius Glitz

Karriereabend für südafrikanische Studierende
Mehr als 200 südafrikanische Studierende informierten sich auf einem gemeinsam vom KAS-Büro Südafrika und seinem Partner South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) ausgerichteten Karriereabend über berufliche Einstiegsmöglichkeiten im Bereich der Internationalen Beziehungen.

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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.

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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.

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Aufgewachsen in einem “Apartheid-Museum”

by Marius Glitz

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ethics, Education and Economy

by Susanne Schumacher

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.

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Two events, many anniversaries

by Jennifer Howe (geb. Schuster), Jonathan von Gutzeit

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.

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Forschungspartnerschaften stärken – für Innovation und nachhaltige Entwicklung

by Jonathan von Gutzeit

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