Review of South Africa's Trilateral Cooperation Activities 2004 - 2014

The following presentation, prepared by Mr. Daniel Chiwandamira formed an integral part of the IGD Symposium on Trilateral Cooperation. The symposium offered conceptual and empirical analyses on research conducted by a range of scholars on trilateral cooperation. The presentation by Mr. Chiwandamira thus gave a comprehensive review of all of South Africa’s trilateral cooperation between 2004 and 2014, making it an invaluable resource for practitioners and non-practitioners of development diplomacy. ...

CALL FOR ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS

The Unisa Latin American Report invites submissions for its 2016 editions. The peer-reviewed transdisciplinary journal is dedicated to publishing critical scholarship in global south studies broadly and on issues affecting peoples and countries of Latin America and the Caribbean region, especially their relations with Africa across areas of politics, economy, culture, language, science, technology and innovation, environment, engineering, etc...

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IGD Symposium on Trilateral Cooperation

On the 27th October 2015, the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), in partnership with the UK Department of International Development (DFID), hosted its first symposium on trilateral cooperation. This formed an important component of an ongoing research project that aims to provide critical insights into the international politics of development diplomacy and its implications for South Africa.

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.

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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. 

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

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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 and may not necessarily be shared by the IGD or its affiliates.

Venezuela’s legislative change leads to ideological battle; what does this mean for the people?

nalediplaaitjiesFor the first time in 17 years the Venezuelan socialist Partido Sociolista Unido de Venezuela PSUV party under the leadership of Maduro lost its legislative majority in the December 2015 elections. Economic depression and high inflation rate led to the victory of the Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) opposition, comprised of a coalition of more than 20 parties. This piece serves to analyze the political atmosphere in Venezuela following the appointment of a new legislature.

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China’s Role in Wildlife Conservation in Africa

lonagqizaWildlife poaching flourishes where security and governance are weak. The revenues generated by this illegal business funds corruption, human trafficking, armed militant groups and other forms of crime. The illegal wildlife trade market has become a multibillion-dollar industry that has left some African species on the brink of extinction. This trade has been rated as the fourth most lucrative illegal business in the worldwith China rated first.

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Common perceptions and public diplomacy: lessons from Venezuela

Wayne JumatWith the recent accession to power by the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), through legislative elections, much has been said about Venezuela’s turn towards democracy and the overturn of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela’s (PSUV) control of the National Assembly, in the public and on social media. Therefore, it is crucial that democracy must be considered as a larger subset of governance systems, and the key desire of governance systems should be efficiency in service of its people regardless of political or ideological convictions. In other words, the debate should prioritise governance systems and their (in)efficiency in servicing the basic needs and dignity of their people instead of the common narrative of democracy versus the rest. This would allow for a more nuanced discussion that brings in issues of conflicting value-systems, misunderstanding of the application of law and rights and potentially forced cultural and systemic changes.

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Myanmar’s general elections: The people have spoken, will the military listen

dlaminiThe results of Myanmar’s general elections that took place on the 8th of November 2015, promise a new era in a country that has been dominated by military rule for the past decades. However, this will only be judged by the willingness of the military to pave way for a more inclusive and democratic government.

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