IGD Youth Forum Call for Articles

The Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) Youth Forum would like to invite young scholars interested in South African foreign policy and international relations to write analyses /think-pieces on current events. The aim of this initiative is to provide a platform for young scholars to engage in matters concerning South African foreign policy and international affairs. The IGD Youth Forum seeks to promote youth dialogue towards a better Africa and a better world.


SA National Planning Committee directors – profiles of all the members

South African President Jacob Zuma has appointed 25 new members to the National Planning Commission in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, for a period of five years.

The President has appointed the following members;


The Decoloniality Summer School hosted by the College of Human Sciences

Institute for Global Dialogue co-hosts with Unisa entities the next Summer School on Decoloniality: Being, Knowledge and Power. This is a Summer School in Janaury 2016 dedicated to decolonising research methodology, exploring ways of transcending the inherited colonial method and finding ways of expression the diversity of the world truthfully. 

Overview of German-South African political relations

Address at Institute of Global Dialogue event, UNISA

"Germany and South Africa: Turning Challenges into Opportunities and Opportunities into Achievements"
By H.E. Ambassador Horst Freitag, Embassy of Germany in South Africa.


The South African - GRULAC Dialogue Forum

The GRULAC (Latin American and Caribbean Group) dialogue forum on SA's relations with Latin American and the Caribbean countries was hosted at the DIRCO (Department of International Relations and Cooperation), OR Tambo Building, Tshwane, on 25 June 2015. With the attendance of the Deputy Minister Landers, as well as significant high level representation on behalf of the South African government and GRULAC missions in South Africa, insights


Exploring the ties of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean for a better future

Because of similar interests and agendas, there are many benefits that South Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean can have if they collaborate in certain areas and learn from each other. As Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mandla Makhanya says: “We share a history, we share cultures, we share commercial relations and, even more important in a globalised world, we ought to share a common destiny as humanity.”

In Focus

In Focus is a refereed IGD blog spot providing snip analysis by IGD staff and external analysts on topical developments in Africa and the world. If you want to have your commentary considered, write an e-mail to info@igd.org.za. Older In Focus articles may be found in the archives section.

Please note the views and opinions expressed in the In Focus Blog are those of the individual authors may not necessarily be shared by the IGD or its affiliates.

Renewing South Africa-Japan Economic Relations

lonagqizaThe Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa accompanied by a ministerial delegation, senior government officials and a trade delegation, went to Japan in August to promote South Africa as an ideal country for trade and foreign direct investment. South Africa is currently facing the highest level of unemployment since the apartheid era; the visit was primarily an effort from the South African government to reduce the high level of unemployment in the country. The economy of South Africa has declined therefore innovative and fresh ideas to grow the economy are needed.

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Rural infrastructure development: the solution for urbanization?

nalediplaaitjiesTwo-thirds of the African population dwell in rural areas. These areas house some of the poorest people of the continent and a general lack of infrastructure development. The inadequate focus on rural infrastructure development has led to the continued growth of the African urban population, as rural citizens migrate to urban-city centres in hopes of finding employment and improved access to public services. This is reflected in the projected increase of the urban population from 36% in 2010 to 50% by 2030. Thus the effects of urbanization in Africa, in particular the lack of policy focus in rural development and how the formation of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) could assist with financing rural development in Africa, will be discussed herewith.

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Navigating South Africa’s strategic interests in Greater Asia

dlaminiIn the past few months, the South African government made significant visits to a number of Asian countries in a quest to strengthen strategic bilateral relations. This also includes hosting some of the Asian countries’ representatives from business and civil society sectors, to the level of Ministerial meetings and Head of States conventions.

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South Africa and Mexico: Que Pasa?

Wayne JumatSouth Africa and Mexico are considered as “Pivotal” states in the Central American and Southern African regions, and formally established relations on 27 October 1993, with the subsequent opening of the South African Embassy in Mexico City on 10 January 1994. Respectively, these states are members to various international and regional organisations such as BRICS, G20, G77, MIKTA, and this supports the views of these states as prominent ‘emerging powers’ within the Global System of Actors. This may be due to these states’ access to these important platforms of political and economic discussions and negotiations, but they also have “voices” within these structures that carries quite some significance, whether in the Global South or Global North. Furthermore, a solid trade and political relationship has come about from interaction between these states, however more can and needs to be done to ensure the condition of this relationship remains mutually beneficial particularly as South Africa is Mexico’s biggest African trade partner.

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