SAFeThink scholarship programme

Students who wish to complete a Master's or PhD's degree in political or social sciences (international relations, public affairs, security studies, conflict studies, human rights/ humanitarian law, development studies,...) are requested to apply for the French Embassy SAFeThink scholarship programme, that is run in cooperation with five South African think tanks (AISA, IGD, ISS, MISTRA and SAIIA).

More information can be obtained from the following website: http://www.ambafrance-rsa.org/French-Embassy-SAFeThink 

14 African Countries Forced by France to Pay Colonial Tax For the Benefits of Slavery and Colonization

Did you know many African countries continue to pay colonial tax to France since their independence till today!

When Sékou Touré of Guinea decided in 1958 to get out of french colonial empire, and opted for the country independence, the french colonial elite in Paris got so furious, and in a historic act...

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South Africa’s endless ocean of possibilities

To fully utilise the blue economy, South Africa will need to address a number of challenges including; unemployment, security and criminality. "National security is linked to the unity, stability and prosperity of the Southern African region and the continent in general," said Roelf Meyer, Minister of Constitutional Affairs under President Nelson Mandela.

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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.

India’s Africa trade policy under the Modi Government: Business as usual or the makings of a strategic reorientation?

India-South-AfricaAbstract: Over the past decade India's engagement with Africa has moved along without much fanfare. Will the newly elected Indian government continue with the same old policy vision that underpinned India's African engagement historically? Or, will the Narendra Modi government seek to define a new strategic orientation with African states that shifts the rhetoric towards pragmatism?

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ARAB MAGHREB UNION: Where is it you when we need it?

FrancisKornegayThe biggest African Elephant in the trans-Mediterranean room shared by Africa and Europe is the non-functioning of the African Union's northern pillar, the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA). It is little wonder then that it is nowhere when it is needed by all stakeholders with a security interest in trans-regional stability on both sides of the Mediterranean. Of course everyone knows why the UMA is the invisible regional economic community (REC) of the African Union (AU): the 'frozen conflict' of stalemate in the Western Sahara between Morocco, the Sahrawis and Algeria.

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The ten years of NAASP: where are we heading?

dlaminiOn the 18 – 24 April 2015, Asian and African countries would be commemorating the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Bandung Conference, together with the 10th anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP).1 The conference will be hosted by Indonesia and it is expected that around 109 government leaders including business representatives would attend the meeting. The theme of the conference would seek to strengthen South-South cooperation and to contribute to the efforts of promoting world peace and prosperity.

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Connecting across the Hydrosphere - South Africa visits Chile, Colombia and Uruguay

Wayne JumatRecently announced via the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) website, the Deputy Minister Landers embarked on state-level visits to the Republic of Chile, the Republic of Colombia and the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. This trip commenced on the 1st March 2015 in Uruguay and will come to a conclusion on the 9th March 2015, in Colombia.

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