South African Foreign Policy Initiative (SAFPI): General Grant Proposal Call--Research Projects
Thursday October 27, 2011 - Wednesday November 30, 2011
Organization:Open Society Foundation for South Africa
South African Foreign Policy Initiative (SAFPI)
General Grant Proposal Call – Research Projects
OSF-SA is committed to promoting the values, institutions and practices of an open, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society. Fundamental to the pursuit of such a society is the ideal of a deliberative and responsive government as reflected in actions taken and policies pursued. Foreign policy, no less than domestic policy, should reflect the ideals of responsiveness and deliberation, in accordance with South Africa’s constitutional commitments to democracy, the rule of law and human rights.
OSF-SA believes that new developments, domestically and internationally, impacting on South Africa’s foreign policy behaviour and engagements are an opportunity to stimulate deliberation and debate of South Africa’s international ambitions and global strategic interests.
The South African Foreign Policy Initiative (SAFPI), a programme recently established by OSF-SA, is opening a general call for research projects from organisations and individuals which can provide critical insights and expand and strengthen the debate on the influences and choices that impact South Africa’s foreign policy in the 21stCentury.
In a changing world order, South Africa both seeks the status of, and is treated in many circles as, an emerging world power. It now enjoys an elevated prominence in the international system. It is a member of IBSA; has recently joined BRICS; co-chairs the Development Working Group of the G20 with South Korea and is about to enter the second year of its two year (2011-2012) non permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
The focus in South Africa’s foreign policy behaviour throughout the Mandela and Mbeki Presidencies and now by the Zuma government is inextricably aligned to an African destiny – a stable and prosperous Africa. These engagements are simultaneously informed by its apartheid history.
Yet, South Africa’s foreign policy track record has clashed between rhetoric and reality. While Pretoria places a premium on human rights as a guiding principle in its foreign policy engagements, its behaviour and the decisions it makes in multilateral institutions often deviates from such a foundation.
South Africa’s apparent ambivalence on these issues, without communicating salient countervailing motivations for its decisions, raises concern about how South Africa’s elevated global status should be conceptualised or interpreted.
Is South Africa adding meaningful substance to regional and global leadership by becoming a member of these multilateral institutions? Or is Pretoria merely satisfied to just capture a seat at the table? Moreover how are these strategic interests defined? What is the African Agenda? And to what extent does domestic public policy inform South Africa’s foreign policy choices?
Thus far there has been little systematic, informed discussion, debate and inquiry about South Africa’s role as an emerging power in a changing world order.
In view of this SAFPI seeks to:
Call for Proposals
In light of the above questions and the SAFPI objectives, a public call for proposals is underway to encourage individuals and organisations to apply for grants that provide innovative and critical analysis of South Africa’s foreign policy behaviour and impact.
OSF-SA wishes to award grants to suitably qualified organisations and individuals that undertake empirically focused research projects on South Africa’s global role as it relates to the following issues:
Your Proposal should include the following:
Expected Principles and Standards
OSF-SA (SAFPI) subscribes to the following principles and standards:
Systematic Inquiry: Applicants are required to conduct systematic, rigorous, evidence-based inquiries about the subject.
Competence: Applicants are required to have proven competence in relation to work of this nature.
Integrity/Honesty: Applicants are required to ensure the honesty and integrity of the entire project process.
Respect for People: Applicants are required to respect the security, dignity and self-worth of the respondents, programme participants, clients and other stakeholders with whom they interact.
Responsibilities for general and public welfare: Applicants are required to articulate and take into account the diversity of interests and values that may be related to general and public welfare.
In addition, the following criteria for selection will be considered when evaluating applications:
Kindly submit proposals together with supporting documents to Ms Sanusha Naidu, Senior Researcher, South African Foreign Policy Initiative, at the Open Society Foundation for South Africa by email: [email protected]or fax (021) 511-5058.
Strict confidentiality is assured.
Deadline for Submissions: 30 November 2011.
 These can include collaboration with overseas partners.