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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

Strengthening the UNSC: Tapping into German and South African Experience

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation together with its partners, the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the South African Institute of International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies hosted a conference on the German and South African non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. The conference was kindly supported by the German Embassy in South Africa and zivik. The conference report is now available online.

Host City Cape Town Green Goal Legacy Report

A year after the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, Host City Cape Town’s award-winning environmental programme, Green Goal 2010, was in the spotlight again, when its 130-page Legacy Report was launched. The report captures the spirit and intent of Cape Town’s “triple bottom line” approach to sustainably hosting the World Cup, describing the environmental, social and economic context of hosting the event.

Was bleibt von der Fußballweltmeisterschaft in Südafrika?

Green Goal 2010 Legacy Report für die Westkap-Provinz und die WM-Stadt Kapstadt vorgestellt

Exakt ein Jahr nach dem Ende der ersten Weltmeisterschaft in der Region Afrika wurde am 11. Juli 2011 im Stadtparlament von Kapstadt der Abschlussbericht über die Green Goal Initiativen vorgestellt. 42 konkrete Projekte, die die Umweltauswirkungen für die Provinz und die Stadt mindern und zu nachhaltigen Investitionen in Zusammenhang mit diesem großen Sportereignis führen sollten, wurden über einen Zeitraum von vier Jahren erarbeitet.

Günter Nooke in Südafrika

Günter Nooke, der G8-Afrika-Beauftragte der Bundeskanzlerin, war anlässlich der Konferenz „Strengthening the UNSC: Tapping into the German and South African Experience“ Ende Mai in Südafrika. Die gemeinsam von der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung und der Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung sowie deren Partnern South African Institute of International Affairs und dem Institute for Secutiry Studies organisierte Tagung beschäftigte sich vor allem mit der Frage, welchen Beitrag Südafrika und Deutschland als nicht-ständige Mitglieder zur Konsensbildung im Sicherheitsrat der Vereinten Nationen leisten können.

Willkommen im Club der Mächtigen. Was nun?

Konferenz zur gemeinsamen Mitgliedschaft Deutschlands und Südafrikas im UN-Sicherheitsrat

"Strengthening the UNSC: Tapping the German and South African Experience" lautete der Titel einer zweitägigen Konferenz in Pretoria, die die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), die Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung (HSS), das Institute for Security Studies (ISS) und das South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Zusammenarbeit mit der Deutschen Botschaft in Pretoria organisierten. Diplomaten und Regierungsvertreter, Parlamentarier und Politanalysten verorteten die Rollen und Perspektiven beider Länder im Rund des „Nowegian Room“ des UN-Hauptquartiers in New York.

The Relevance of International Standards for Labour Law and Social Security

Call for Papers

The organisers of the international conference "INTERACTION BETWEEN INTERNATIONAL, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL LABOUR LAW AND SOCIAL SECURITY: STANDARDS AND METHODS", to be hosted on 13-14 October 2011 at the University of Stellenbosch invite academics and practitioners to submit research and policy based papers.

Twittern und Web-TV: digitale Wahlhelfer in der Republik Südafrika

Workshop in Durban mit dem "Multi Party"-Ansatz

Ob Onlinewerbung auf Facebook, die Verteilung des Parteiprogramms auf Memory-Sticks oder interaktive Kommunikation via Twitter: Quer durch Südafrikas Parteienlandschaft experimentieren die Wahlkampfstrategen derzeit mit den neuen digitalen Instrumenten der Politischen Kommunikation.

Besuch beim südafrikanischen Verfassungsgericht

Auf Einladung von Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke besuchten der Bundesverfassungsrichter Prof. Herbert Landau, der Leiter des regionalen Rechtsstaatsprogramms Subsahara-Afrika der KAS, Prof. Dr. Christian Roschmann und der KAS-Landesbeauftragte für Südafrika, Dr. Werner Böhler, das südafrikanische Verfassungsgericht. Dem Besuch schloss sich eine KAS-Veranstaltung zum Thema "Constitutional Court between Law and Politics' an, die sich mit dem Spannungsverhältnis zwischen Politik und Verfassungsgericht unter Einbeziehung von Erfahrungen aus Deutschland und Suedafrika auseinandersetzte.

Apartheid und Mauerfall-Versoehnung und Wiedervereinigung

Bericht von KAS-Stipendiaten Stephanie Adam und Andreas Krasemann

Im Rahmen der Deutschen Kulturwochen organisierte das Deutsche Generalkonsulat in Kapstadt vom 7.-8. Dezember 2010 ein Youth Symposium mit ca. 20 Teilnehmern aus Deutschland und Suedafrika. Waehrend sich der erste Tag mit der Frage beschaeftigte, wie junge Deutsche und Suedafrikaner mit ihrer juengsten Geschichte umgehen, stand am zweiten Tag des Symposiums das Thema' Klimawandel' im Fokus. KAS-Stipendiaten Stephanie Adam und Andreas Krasemann nahmen an der Veranstaltung teil und schildern im nachfolgenden Bericht ihre Eindruecke.

The Things that Unite Us

Konferenz der FW de Klerk Foundation

"The Things that Unite us" was the title of a conference held on 2. February 2011 and hosted by the FW de Klerk Foundation in partnership with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung that focussed on the unifying factors in South African society, such as Sport, Ubuntu, universal values and last but not least the South African Constitution. This post-conference publication includes the speeches made by former President FW de Klerk, Anglican Archbishop Thabo Magkoba, Rugby Player Morne' du Plessis, and other prominent South Africans.