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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.

The Group of 77 at 50: Worth Celebrating?

zondi15 June 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the Group of 77, which is now known as the G77 plus China, an important milestone at which to reflect on the significance, successes and difficulties facing an organisation of this nature. The organisation marked its jubilee by holding a major summit in Santa Cruz, the Plurinational State of Bolivia, on 15-16 June, at which it recalled some of its historic decisions and policy positions as still relevant in the pursuit of its vision of a fair, just, democratic and equitable world. The question is what is the state of the G77 today and implications does that have on the agency of the global south in international development?

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The importance of SDG on Oceans and Seas for Africa’s sustainable development

dlaminiAs the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are coming to an end in 2015, global discussions are on-going to determine the focus of the post-2015 development agenda. In February 2014, the Global Ocean Forum (GOF) presented a Sustainable Development Goal on Oceans and Seas (SDG on Oceans and Seas) at the 8th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations Headquarters, New York.

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Quadrilateral cooperation: Angola, Brazil, Nigeria and South Africa

Wayne JumatThe increasing scourge of piracy, human trafficking, drug trafficking, illegal fishing and arms and munitions smuggling poses a significant question about the need for an enhanced and integrated maritime security response, particularly in the South Atlantic.

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Promoting gender equality through collaborative action: reflections on the partnership between UN Women and the ACP Secretariat

Anna XoyaneOn 1 April 2014, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and UN Women signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Brussels, Belgium, dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women in ACP member states. The MOU was signed on the sideline of the 4th Africa-EU Summit which took place in Brussels from 2-3 April 2014.

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