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South Africa and FOCAC: Enabling a Partnership for Global Economic Governance Beyond the BRICS?

"In December 2015, South Africa will host the first Heads of State Summit of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Africa. Given the high level status accorded to the 6th FOCAC meeting, the forum promises to further enhance relations b...

South Africa in the Transitioning Multilateral Development Cooperation Landscape

Current global events, such as the economic crisis in the advanced industrialised economies, and hand-wringing over the crisis in Syria, have brought the BRICS partnership and its individual members, to the forefront of international decision-maki...

Philanthropy and Development in Southern Africa: Philanthropy and Illicit Financial Flows: Options for African Philanthropy to support Better Economic Governance and to Reduce Illicit Financial Flows

"This paper will consider the interrelationship between illicit financial flows (IFFs) and philanthropy in the South African and African economies. The objective of this paper is to explore ways in which African philanthropy can support efforts to...

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...

Mozambique’s Debt Crisis: Trawling for Answers

Debt relief was granted to the government of Mozambique, less than two decades ago, and again this government finds itself unable to honour obligations to international creditors. Pending the publication of an audit of US$2 billion of borrowing by...

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? China and Africa: Engaging the World's Next Superpower

The Cape Town seminar brought together 35 scholars and policymakers – largely from Africa, but also from Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States (US) – to examine a multiplicity of important issues in the growing relationship between Africa and...

An Agenda for Civil Society: A Business Critique? Shaping South Africa's Region Building Role

The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, hosted a one-day policy advisory group seminar at the Double Tree By Hilton Cape Town Hotel, on 20 October 2017, on the theme “An Agenda for Civil Society: A Business Critique? S...

Development and/or Security: Issues Concerning the Relationship between the European Union, the Maghreb and the Sahel

[Cette note d'information est également disponible en Français intitulé: Développement et/ou sécurité : Enjeux de la relation entre l’Union Européenne, le Maghreb et le Sahel.] This Policy Brief tackles the link between development and security...

Bonds: A Viable Alternative for Financing Africa's Development

"Since the financial crisis of 2008 loans from banks have become more difficult to obtain. African countries increasingly have explored alternatives to raise capital for their economic development projects. Experience in some African countries an...

Addressing Institutional Challenges to Large-Scale Implementation

"Imagine scaling up an agricultural project whose goal is to improve rural incomes by increasing rice yields. It has three components. The first is the introduction of a new high-yield train of rice developed and delivered by the national Ministry...

Donors, Aid and Taxation in Developing Countries: An Overview

In recent years rapidly growing donor interest was witnessed in tax issues in the developing world. This reflects a concern with revenue collection to finance public spending, but also recognition of the centrality of taxation to growth, redistrib...

Africa’s Wealthy Give Back A Perspective on Philanthropic Giving by Wealthy Africans in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a Focus on Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa

Over the last few years, the emergence of more strategic philanthropy was perceived, the growth of formal vehicles for its practice, and the rise of new platforms that reflect African voices. There is also a growing interest to better understand A...

Southern and Eastern Africa, the Doha agenda & aid for trade

"The focus on development in the current round of World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations has placed the issue of trade-related capacity building and technical assistance at the forefront of discussions under the Doha Agenda. This report is ...

Closure of the RDP Office: Where does this leave development?

The RDP ministry's closure raises questions of accountability. Some of the questions raised in this paper were : Who will be responsible for the urban development strategy which was published in draft form by government in November 1995? And the r...

Five Million Jobs South Africa and the Global Economic Crisis

"Certainly, banks wishing to run proprietary trading books should be required to hold large amounts of capital given the negative externalities when things go wrong. Further, there is a debate to be had about which forms of lending are inherently ...

Accelerating Growth in Tough Times

"The report identifies a contradiction between the lack of state capacity to support economic development and the government’s emphasis on state programmes and policies to address these constraints. The OECD also notes the ‘striking’ lack of polic...

eAfrica: The electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 3, April 2005

This volume of eAfrica contains articles on aid effectiveness in Africa from several different viewpoints. The rest of the journal highlights the fight against AIDS and how research can be boosted to effectively fight this disease.

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 5 No 1

"The principal objective of the scientific conference was to enhance the free exchange of views and ideas among African scholars, researchers, development partners, development practitioners and policymakers by facilitating for open and collaborat...

What do we think? A survey of white opinion on foreign policy issues

" The Institute commissioned a survey of public opinion, which was conducted in February 1982, and which is the first survey exclusively devoted to foreign affairs to be undertaken in the Republic. The three major aspects explored in this study...

Picking Up the Pieces of Zimbabwe's Economy

Zimbabwe's prolonged crisis illustrates the consequences of short-sighted and inappropriate economic policies, as it continues to fail to realize its potential to become a strong, independent state. Triggered in part by the Mugabe government's dec...

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