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 Things that Unite Us

by Christina Teichmann

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.

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No 'one cheque fits all' for SA politics

Book Review
Anthony Butler analyzes in his new book 'Paying for Politics: Party Funding and Political Change in SA and the Global South' why Party Funding is such a difficult area to regulate and why a 'one size fits all' approach won't work. The book further explores the experiences of selected countries, such as Mexico, Malaysia, Botswana, Russia, Brazil and South Africa, through the pens of a range of contributors, as well as the latest thinking on international best practice. The book, funded by Konrad-Aenauer-Stiftung, is published by Jacana.

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Das liebe Geld

by Jennifer Howe (geb. Schuster)

Parteienfinanzierung in Suedafrika
Vor den letzten südafrikanischen Parlamentswahlen im Jahr 2009 wurde deutlich, dass die Parteienfinanzierung eine Grauzone in der südafrikanischen Gesetzgebung darstellt. Parteispenden an die Regierungs- und Oppositionsparteien können von den Wählern und Wählerinnen nicht nachvollzogen werden, wer wem wie viel und vor allem für was bezahlt, bleibt verschlossen.

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Vom Fall der Berliner Mauer bis zur Deutschen Einheit

by Werner Böhler

KAS-Ehrenvorsitzender Prof. Dr. Bernhard Vogel in Südafrika
Am historischen 9. November hielt Prof. Dr. Bernhard Vogel nicht nur einen bemerkenswerten Vortrag über den Weg vom Fall der Berliner Mauer bis zur Deutschen Einheit vor etwa 200 Zuhörern aus der deutschen Gemeinde in Kapstadt. Für die Gäste war es zugleich die Schilderung gelebter Geschichte, die Prof. Vogel in maßgeblicher politischer Verantwortung mitgestaltet hat.

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Joint efforts needed on climate change

In this Business Day article dated 11 November 2010 the author summarizes the findings of a KAS/SAIIA conference entitled:'The promotion of environmental security in Africa through Regional Law' that took place on 10 November 2010 at Jan Smuts House, Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg.

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Nachhaltige Entwicklung und Klimaschutz

by Werner Böhler

Südafrikanische Experten informieren sich über Zukunftskonzepte in Deutschland
Zwei Monate stand Südafrika im Mittelpunkt des Weltinteresses. Die erste Fußballweltmeisterschaft in Afrika rückte die gesamte Region in den Fokus der Medien. Als Gastgeber konnte Südafrika eindrucksvoll beweisen, dass diese aufstrebende Region den Anschluss an die weltweiten Entwicklungen sucht. Das gilt auch für Vorhaben der nachhaltigen Entwicklung und des Klimaschutzes. Von den negativen Auswirkungen einer weiteren Erwärmung der Erde wären die afrikanischen Küstenregionen mit am Meisten betroffen. Wasserknappheit hingegen wäre das Überlebensproblem der kontinentalen Staaten.

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SAIIA/KAS Careers Evening 2010

The 2010 South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)-Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Careers Evening took place on 11 August at Jan Smuts House, University of the Witwatersrand. The purpose of this event was to provide a platform for postgraduate students in the studies of International Relations, Economics, Law and Journalism to gain a better understanding of the career opportunities available to them. The event included a careers exhibition, followed by a panel of speakers from the selected sectors, who discussed their individual career paths and provided useful advice.

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Der World Cup als Motor Nachhaltiger Entwicklung

by Werner Böhler

Ein Bericht des Kap Express´ über den Vortrag von Dr. Werner Böhler, Leiter des Auslandsbüros der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in Südafrika im Rahmen der Veranstaltung ‚Bavaria meets Western Cape Expo 2010’ im Artscape Theater in Kapstadt.

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Einblick in das Verhältnis von deutschem Rechtssystem und Europäischem Recht

by Werner Böhler

Vier Richterinnen von den Obersten Gerichtshöfen in Kapstadt, Johannesburg und Petermaritzburg sowie dem Obersten Appellationsgericht in Bloemfontein besuchten auf Einladung der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, gemeinsam mit zwei Rechtsexperten im Bereich Internationales Recht und Verfassungsrecht, deutsche und europäische Rechtsinstitutionen.

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Looking Back, Looking Forward!

20th anniversary of FW De Klerk's speech to Parliament
The publication is based on a conference, jointly hosted by the FW de Klerk Foundation and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. The conference commemorated the historic speech by FW De Klerk on 2 February 1990 that opened the way to South Africa's transformation. Speakers from politics, business and academia shared their views on what has been achieved and what challenges still exist.