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South Africa and the World: 2018

The round table, which focused on South Africa’s 2018 foreign policy agenda during the course of the year, also looked towards possible projections for 2019, and took place on the 22 February 2018 in Pretoria at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). South Africa’s 2018 foreign policy agenda is possibly its busiest since 1994. The country finds itself chairing the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) partnership and the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), while it is also involved in the G20 summit. Download report

From MGDs to Sustainable Development Goals

This book is the first in a series that aims to help readers understand the diversity of African academic thinking around the MDGs and their success (or lack thereof); and the transition into the SDGs. The questions this book looks to examine are: How far has the implementation of the aspirations enunciated in the UN Millennium Declaration gone? and Can any measurable progress made towards the implementation of the MDGs be equated to a serious commitment by the world to achieve the now adopted SDGs? Order your copy

China and India’s Development Cooperation in Africa

Explaining the determinants of China and India’s development cooperation in Africa cannot be achieved in simple terms. After collecting over 1000 development cooperation projects by China and India in Africa using AidData, this book applies the method of qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) to understand the motives behind their development cooperation. Mthembu posits that neither China nor India were solely motivated by one causal factor, whether strategic, economic or humanitarian interests or the size of their diaspora in Africa. Order now

South Africa’s BRICS Engagement

Dr. Philani Mthembu, Executive Director at the Institute for Global Dialogue, opened the event by contextualising the day’s discussion and explained that the dialogue falls under South Africa’s second track diplomacy, whereby academic institutions, think tanks and researchers interact. South Africa pushed to have this interaction institutionalised in 2013 through its first BRICS Presidency. Download report

South Africa’s BRICS Presidency 2018: An Inclusive Path towards Global Development

Dr. Philani Mthembu, Executive Director of the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), opened the dialogue by providing a brief review of South Africa’s diplomatic calendar for 2018, which is one of the busiest in the post-1994 era. The BRICS partnership, one of several foreign policy agenda items, has continued to evolve as it enters the beginning of its second decade. Download report

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The Institute for Global Dialogue is an independent foreign policy think tank based in Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa. It advances a balanced, relevant and policy-oriented analysis, debate and documentation of South Africa and Africa’s global politics and diplomacy. It strives to promote a broader understanding of the role of foreign policy and diplomacy in the pursuit of national and international development goals.


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Kenya’s Market-Based Youth Project Changing Lives

Kenyas Market Based Youth Project Changing LivesThough the Kenyan government has demonstrated a commitment to lift its youth out of poverty, particularly those in the informal settlements, projects designed for youth continue to be crippled by rampant corruption.

One of these projects was under the National Youth Service and is currently entangled in a scam that has left the service unable to account for an estimated 7.8 million dollars, making it difficult for the service to meet its financial commitments to the youths.

“The project involved youths in the slums where we would basically manage waste by collecting solid waste, unblocking drainage systems and also clearing the feeder roads within the slum,” said Calvin Otieno, a resident of Kibera slums, one of the largest in Africa.

This project had been rolled out in 63 of the country’s 290 constituencies, making Otieno just one of the 70,000 youths benefitting from the programme.
Plans were also underway to roll out in more constituencies towards creating at least 20,000 opportunities for youths every year.

With World Bank statistics showing that more than four in every 10 Kenyans live below a dollar a day, “the four dollars the youths received daily for five days in a week was significant income,” Nairobi based policy and economic analyst Ted Ndebu told IPS.

To help them improve their financial profile, the youths would save a mandatory one dollar every day into an account set up by the National Youth Service.
Yet this may all have come to naught following allegations of massive misappropriation of funds.

“After a series of botched youth projects designed and manned by government officials, we need an effective model to ensure that such projects are not destroyed by a few greedy government officials,” says Ndebu.

Hamisa Zaja, Regional Programme Officer of Maji na Ufanisi –a local non-governmental organization which addresses water, sanitation and hygiene issues – told IPS that this model could take the shape of a youth project that has been panning out at the Kongowea Market in Mombasa County in the coastal region for about a year now.

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Recent Publications

From MDGs to Sustainable Development Goals

From MDGs to Sustainable Development Goals
Siphamandla Zondi and Philani Mthembu

BRICS in Africa

BRICS in Africa
Wayne Jumat, Arina Muresan. Edited by Philani Mthembu. Designed by Kenny Dlamini

State of Africa, 2017

State of Africa, 2017
Charles Nyuykonge


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