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Recalibrating South Africa's Role in Global Economic Governance: A Nigerian Perspective on Some Strategic Challenges

"A Nigerian perspective on South Africa’s position in global economic governance, particularly in relation to its role in the BRICS grouping and the G-20, provides critical insights into the potential benefits of a reinvigorated Nigerian–South Af…

Benchmarking South Africa's Foreign Direct Investment Policy

"This policy insights paper examines South Africa’s proposed law on the promotion and protection of investment, and highlights the differences between this law and SADC’s regional approach as adopted by South Africa. It illuminates the problematic d…

SADC Investment Perspectives in a Changing International Investment Landscape

"The global arena for foreign direct investment (FDI) has become much more fluid and complex in the five years from 2010 to 2015. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) as a region has shown exceptional growth but relatively lacklustre F…

Safeguarding Africa's Natural Heritage: The Case of Mining in Protected Areas

"Protected areas (PAs) are conservation management tools designed to safeguard the world’s most threatened species and protect essential ecosystem services and biological resources. Today 200 000 PAs, including national parks and indigenous and com…

Energetic Dialogues in South Africa : The Inga Example

"Studies of major hydropower projects such as that at the Grand Inga Dam in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) stress generation capacity and call for regional integration. They make little reference, however, to the potential for co-operati…

From Natural Resource Dependence to Diversified Economies: An Agenda for Future Research

"This paper has argued that Africa’s recent growth episode is encouraging on some levels, but substantial questions remain over governance quality, uneven improvement in social indicators and the volatility of resource concentrated growth. Improved…

To Protect or to Intervene? Contesting R2P as a Norm in South Africa's Foreign Policy

"This policy insights paper contends that the ‘reaction pillar’ of the responsibility to protect (R2P) makes a specific statement about the residual responsibility of the international community to intervene when states are unable or unwilling to p…

Silk, Cinnamon and Cotton: Emerging Power Strategies for the Indian Ocean and the Implications for Africa

"The Indian Ocean, once a centre of gravity for the trading nations of Asia, the Gulf and coastal Africa, is on the cusp of a revival of its substantial commercial status and geo-strategic prospects. This is manifested in a number of ways. First,…

Turkey and the G-20 Presidency: Implications for LIDCs and Africa

"Turkey started its G-20 presidency in 2015 with three priorities – inclusiveness, investment and implementation – and the crosscutting themes of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and low-income developing countries (LIDCs). Of these, inc…

South African Foreign Policy and the UN Security Council: Assessing its Impact on the African Peace and Security Architecture

"This policy insights paper examines the globalisation of South African foreign policy through its two-term tenure on the UNSC, focusing on its agenda for the promotion of peace and security in Africa. This agenda, which strengthened formal ties be…

Co-operation in the South Atlantic Zone: Amplifying the African Agenda

"South Africa’s foreign policy prioritises peaceful and sustainable growth in Africa by maximising its external engagements in increasingly strategic ways. Until now, Brazil has formed the pivot of South Africa’s engagements in South America, with …

Advancing Africa's Position on Global Climate Finance

"This briefing examines what Africa can do to secure predictability of climate finance as a means of leading a breakthrough. It suggests that innovation and credibility are pivotal to resolving the challenge. It examines what Africa can do, both co…

Presidential Term Limits: A New African Foreign Policy Challenge

"A coup d’état in Burkina Faso in October 2014 thwarted attempts by West Africa’s former regional strongman Blaise Compaoré to extend his stay in power. A few months later, in May 2015, an attempted coup in Burundi sought to settle simmering tensio…

Climate Finance: Lessons from Rwanda

"Developed countries have made little progress in providing climate finance for the transition towards low emission and climate adaptive development pathways in developing countries. It is expected that a new legal agreement on climate finance will …

A Good Governance Driver: Is the African Peer Review Mechanism up to it?

"The introduction of the AU’s Agenda 2063 means that yet another governance initiative has entered the African political landscape. This policy briefing examines the place of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) within Agenda 2063, as well as th…

Next Time Better? Conducting the APRM's 'Second Generation' Reviews

"Reviews conducted under the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) are intended to occur at regular intervals, helping countries conduct an ongoing assessment of their governance. However, after 12 years of the APRM’s existence, no country has yet co…

Corporate Social Responsibility in South Africa's Mining Industry: An Assessment

"The corporate social responsibility (CSR) agenda has been a part of the global debate on socio-economic development for many decades. Countless claims have been made that CSR can contribute towards more inclusive development and the alleviation of …

Preserving the African Elephant for Future Generations

"African elephants face an escalating poaching crisis due to an explosion in demand for ivory, mostly in China. Over 100 000 elephants were killed illegally between 2010 and 2012. This paper synthesises the relevant economic literature on elephant c…

From the Cape to Cairo? The Potential of the Tripartite Free Trade Area

"This paper shows that there is a sound case for regional economic integration in the form of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA). The three main countries involved in this project – Egypt, Kenya and South Africa – have a considerable regional tr…

Moving Beyond Africa's Crisis of Institutions

"This paper explains the dysfunctional state of African institutions and suggests possible interventions for effective and resilient institutions at the national, regional and continental level. It argues that institutional failure in Africa can be …

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