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.


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


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.

Operation Phakisa – the answer to South Africa’s economic woes?

Andrea RoyeppenThe Deputy Minister of International Relations, Nomaindya Mfeketo recently led a South African delegation to the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Conference hosted by Mauritius from 2-3 September 2015. The theme of this conference focused on the Blue Economy and discussed opportunities for cooperation around ocean energy, seaport and shipping, resource exploration, and aquaculture. As the next chair of the IORA (2017-2019), South Africa has successfully embedded itself in the area governed by the IORA. This is seen most visibly with its strong diplomatic engagement in the region. So what does membership mean for South Africa’s own blue economy ambitions outlined in Operation Phakisa?

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Reflecting on President Zuma’s visit to Beijing

lonagqizaThe President of South Africa attended the 70th Anniversary of the End of the Occupation of China and the Second World War in Beijing on the 3rd of September 2015, which was China’s biggest event this year. President Zuma was accompanied by the International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Deputy Energy Minister Thembisile Majola-Embalo.

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South Africa and the Vivid Invisibility of Central America

Wayne JumatThe recent protests leading to governmental resignations and consequent elections in Guatemala, natural disasters and northward-migration and smuggling of many Central Americans particularly children affecting the region, underlines the persistent struggles and deficits faced by people and the states in the region. These events have increasingly drawn more attention to the region, and have resulted in various opinions and analyses by authors and organisations. Despite existing formal and economic relations with states in Central America, the lack of a response or statement by South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) regarding the recent events in Guatemala presents Central America as a glaring vacuum in South Africa’s foreign policy. This potentially means that South Africa’s reactions to events in the region have no lasting effect or yield as they are eclipsed by this vacuum, as no platform exists from which to navigate events and build on relations in the region. This perceived inaction by South Africa’s sectors, inevitably brings two scenarios to mind.

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Kazakhstan’s Observer status at the African Union: What Does It Mean for Africa?

lonagqizaKazakhstan and the African Union (AU) have recently commenced a mutual and beneficial relationship. In 2013, Kazakhstan became an observer at the African Union, joining over 70 countries and organizations with observer status. This was the first step to intensifying relations between the AU and Kazakhstan which has sparked its increased promotion of trade and cooperation with African countries.

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