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: 

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...


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.


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 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.

Modernising Agriculture to address Youth Unemployment in Africa

Anna XoyaneAt the 23rd African Union (AU) Summit, the Chairperson of the AU, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, encouraged the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) to modernise farming as a means of attracting young women and men into the agricultural sector. The summit themed "Agriculture and Food Security" took place in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 25 June 2014.1 Since its evolution from OAU to AU in 2000 the organisation has been battling with the impact of global financial crises threatening its vision of integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa. Moreover, youth bulge and the rise of youth unemployment continues to destabilize regional peace and food security in Africa.


Africa must breed its own Young African Leaders through the African Youth Charter

dlaminiDuring the USA-Africa Leaders' summit which took place on the 4th-6th August 2014 in Washington, one of the shared commitments outlined by the United Sates (U.S) and African governments is to increase investment in the next generation; investment in Africa's youth. This was in line with the theme of the summit 'Investing in the Next Generation', which focused on ways of stimulating growth, unlocking opportunities and creating an enabling environment for the next generation.


Trampling on BRICS in Ukraine

franciskornegayRussia's interventions in eastern Ukraine to bolster secessionist forces promises to greatly complicate the BRICS agenda. This is at a time when BRICS produced major achievements in institutionalizing its status as the apex emerging powers club at Fortaleza, Brazil: the final launch of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) and Contingency Reserve Arrangement (CRA), achievements that now must be consolidated through a build-up in project preparation momentum for financing bankable projects. Yet, can BRICS advance its role as the leading force for global economic governance reform when the clarity of this focus is muddled by the geopolitical adventurism of some of its members?


SA’s Foreign Policy Budget 2014: Something Old, Something New

dr lesley mastersThe Minister for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Maite Nkoana-Mashabane presented the budget for 2014 to Parliament on July 22.

This year's presentation is particularly revealing as it indicates the thinking of the Department at the start of the current five year term, highlighting key priorities and foreign policy focus areas.


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