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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Roundtable Series 2019: Number 2 - Centre for Unity in Diversity

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Centre for Unity and Diversity invite you to a discussion unpacking what counted in the 2019 election results, with reference to the March 2019 analysis of the same speakers.

Expert conference

Democracy Development Programme and My Vote Counts Political Summit on Electoral Accountability in Africa

Twenty-four countries across the continent of Africa will be holding elections this year. Unfortunately, many of our past elections have been mired in controversy; research indicates that more than half of Africa’s ongoing conflicts are a result of claims over legitimacy which poses a massive security risk. These elections will determine the democratic trajectory of our continent and for that reason, it is an opportune time to convene a political summit on Electoral Accountability in Africa. While it is critical to address our imminent electoral challenges, it is also important for civil society organisations to take the long view. The summit will be attended by election stakeholders such as civil society organisations, representatives of election management bodies and politicians from across Africa that will speak to the state of electoral accountability in their respective home countries.

Study and Information Program

Annual KAS/SAIIA Careers Evening 2019 (Gauteng)

Opportunities for students of humanities
The annual KAS-SAIIA careers evening informs learners and students what career opportunities a degree in the Humanities can open up. Students have the possibility to meet potential employers and receive information about internships and scholarships.


The Role of Community Media in Promoting Active Citizenship

Community media plays a critical role in educating citizens on many aspects of life, including democracy and nation building. The Democracy Development Program (DDP) brings together the content executives, academics and the civil society to the 2019 inaugural media summit.


Annual Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert Honorary Lecture

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation in cooperation with the Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert (FVZS) Institute for Student Leadership Development cordially invites you to the annual Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert Honorary Lecture.

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Dialogues on Faith and Economics with EFSA (1-3)

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation in cooperation with the Ecumenical Foundation of South Africa (EFSA) and the Right Reverend Bishop Sipuka of Mthatha (and President of the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops' Conference) are hosting a dialogue with experts and leaders from both business and churches to explore how South African role players create a new "social contract" that addresses social justice alongside or with government programmes.
Part of a series of three events, this dialogue will bring business leaders, church leaders and senior experts from both sides together to focus on the following questions: “How do we restore trust and how can we create a new “social contract” – with alternative options to implement partnerships and agreements (apart from, or complementing government options)?

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National Church Leaders Consultation (NCLC)

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation in cooperation with the Ecumenical Foundation of South Africa (EFSA) and the Most Reverend Archbishop Makgoba (Archbishop of Cape Town, Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa) are hosting a consultation with all major South African faith and church leaders.
The NCLC, supported by Archbishop Makgoba and other well-known church leaders aims to bring representatives from a broad spectrum of churches and faith based organisations together to focus on the main challenges our new democracy is facing and to seek cooperation with strategic partners in government and business. The consultation aims to be inclusive by bringing on board all major church and faith leaders. NCLCs are well supported by senior church and faith leaders and have a strong tradition as a platform for public dialogue of controversial challenges.
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Strong Cities 2030 Conference 2019

Innovative approaches to overcome urban inequality
The Conference, jointly hosted by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the City of Johannesburg, will focus on the theme “Inequality” and explore innovative approaches on how to overcome inequality in terms of spatial planning, modes of transport, economic opportunities and city governance.


DDP´s 4th Annual Youth Indaba

Youth and Identity Building in a Complex Democracy


Youth Event 2019

Stand Up For Human Rights
Together with our partner CFCR the KAS South Africa is hosting a discussion on the topic of "Human Rights Activism and the Youth Voice" on June 8 2019.


2019 Election Observation Report

How did the South African National and Provincial Elections go according to the Experts? And what do you think? Take part in the debate!

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Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of South Africa’s Historic Constitutional Transformation

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the FW de Klerk Foundation celebrate an evening event with the theme of defending the Constitution and looking to the future.

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Election Post Mortem

The Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and Centre for Constitutional Rights invite you to a panel discussion on the 2019 South African General Election results.

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Afrobarometer Round 7 South Africa Data Release

Trust in the Judiciary - Access to Justice - Judicial Autonomy
On May 16th the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation host the release of the Afrobarometer 2018 survey data on judiciary and access to justice in South Africa.

Expert talk

Development in Africa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: What model can advance the worst off?

Africa has some of the fastest growing economies in the world and a rich concentration of mineral wealth. Yet, these assets have failed thus far to transform the lives of millions of Africa’s people, still beset by grinding poverty. What can be done to address these problems?

Event Reports

Book Release: Election 2019.

Change and Stability in South Africa’s democracy

Event Reports

DDP's 4th Annual Youth Indaba

Tackling Identity and Unemployment
As South Africa commemorated Youth Month, the Democracy Development Program (DDP) in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung brought the youth together through its 4th Annual Youth Indaba on 12th and 13th June in Durban. The objective was to tackle issues affecting young people and find solutions.

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Youth Dialogue 2019

Stand Up for Human Rights
On the 8th of June 2019, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) and The Justice Desk jointly hosted an interactive educative event aimed at unpacking constitutionally enshrined rights.

Event Reports

Election Post Mortem

Finding our way back to a constitutional democracy
On 29 May 2019, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) jointly hosted a panel conference discussing the key points of the 2019 South African General Election results. The event was the first in a series of breakfast discussions in 2019.

Event Reports

The 25th Anniversary of South Africa’s Historic Constitutional Transformation

Defending the Constitution and Looking to the Future
On the 6th of June 2019, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the FW de Klerk Foundation jointly hosted an evening commemoration to celebrate not only the 25th anniversary of democracy in South Africa but also the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the FW de Klerk Foundation.

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Foreign Policy Forum: Leaders or Laggards? The Role of the Elective Ten in the UN Security Council

Regional Powers in Global Politics
Trump demanding America first, the British leaving the European Union, Russia annexing Crimea – we have seen multilateralism eroding and nationalism gaining strength in several regions over the last years. International institutions like the UN Security Council (UNSC) are as important as seldom before in history. The round table discussion on 15 May 2019 dealt with this crucial issue and the impact regional powers can have on it. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the Canadian High Commission funded this event which forms part of a series of six roundtables. Thereby the event series accompanies South Africa´s and Germany´s membership in the UNSC in 2019-2020. In Johannesburg, local and international experts and academics discussed the challenges and opportunities which non-permanent members or Elective Ten (E10) are facing. On the one hand, some of those countries have more in common with some of the per-manent members of the UNSC (P5) than with other E10. On the other hand, the lack of ideas and constructive leadership on an international level creates possibilities for regional powers like South Africa and Germany to step in and have a positive impact.

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FW de Klerk Annual Conference 2019: Addressing Inequality

This year marks the 25th anniversary of South Africa's non-racial constitutional democracy. The FW de Klerk Foundation's Annual Conference took the opportunity to elaborate on one of the core principles enshrined in the preamble of the South African Constitution – to undo the injustices of the past by actively promoting equal opportunities for all South Africans irrespective of race, culture, gender or economic status quo. The conference, jointly hosted by the FW de Klerk Foundation and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), was held on 1th February 2019 in Cape Town.

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National and Provincial Elections on May 8th 2019

Key questions
On the 25th of April 2019, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChl), the Dullah Omar Institute, and the University of the Western Cape’s (UWC) Department of Political Studies hosted an international conference with four panel discussions focusing on key questions in the upcoming elections. The event was part of a discussion series on Good Governance, Local Governance, and Human Rights.

Event Reports


by Anna Wasserfall

The contribution of parliamentarians to democracy and prosperity in Sub-Saharan Africa
The KAS hosts the first Sub-Saharan Africa Conference.

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Panel Discussion: Digital Democracy vs. Digital Dictatorship

by Nancy Msibi

On April 17th 2019 the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in cooperation with SAIIA (South African Institute for International Affairs) and CAMM (Center for African Management and Markets) hosted a panel discussion on “Digital Democracy vs Digital Dictatorship”, discussing the use of social media and the balance between positive aspects like the ability to foster transparency between citizens and the government but also propaganda and misuse connected to social media in recent years.