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. ...


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.


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


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

Navigating South Africa’s strategic interests in Greater Asia

dlaminiIn the past few months, the South African government made significant visits to a number of Asian countries in a quest to strengthen strategic bilateral relations. This also includes hosting some of the Asian countries’ representatives from business and civil society sectors, to the level of Ministerial meetings and Head of States conventions.

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South Africa and Mexico: Que Pasa?

Wayne JumatSouth Africa and Mexico are considered as “Pivotal” states in the Central American and Southern African regions, and formally established relations on 27 October 1993, with the subsequent opening of the South African Embassy in Mexico City on 10 January 1994. Respectively, these states are members to various international and regional organisations such as BRICS, G20, G77, MIKTA, and this supports the views of these states as prominent ‘emerging powers’ within the Global System of Actors. This may be due to these states’ access to these important platforms of political and economic discussions and negotiations, but they also have “voices” within these structures that carries quite some significance, whether in the Global South or Global North. Furthermore, a solid trade and political relationship has come about from interaction between these states, however more can and needs to be done to ensure the condition of this relationship remains mutually beneficial particularly as South Africa is Mexico’s biggest African trade partner.

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South African Embassy in Colombia to strengthen bilateral relations

imagesFollowing South Africa’s democratic transition, diplomatic relations with Latin American states have experienced significant developments. Colombian and South African diplomatic relations officially commenced in 1994, and were further strengthened by the opening of the Colombian Embassy in Pretoria in 1995. Since the commencement of diplomatic relations between South Africa and Colombia, the South African government had not yet established an Embassy in Colombia; instead they had a non-resident Ambassador based in Brazil in 1996.

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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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