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Boosting South Africa’s Economic Relations with the BRICS

South Africa should argue the case for stronger economic cooperation within the grouping, despite the challenges in intra-BRICS economic relations as was observed in the paper. Firstly, while it appears that financial cooperation, specifically wi...

A Chequered African History of Commodity Markets, Part one: Bauxite and Aluminium

The African endowment in mineral resources is well known and has often been a mixed blessing, according to the so called “natural resources curse”. Bauxite, an ore that serves as a feedstock for aluminium production, is particularly present in Gui...

The Future of Globalization

Despite the threat posed by protectionism, right-wing nationalism and left wing populism – there is not yet an end to globalization, but rather a continuation which is the most likely scenario and perhaps even acceleration, as the world catches up...

Policy debate on 5 Socio-Economic Issues in Kenya: Elections 2017

One of the key drivers of economic growth is a strong education and effective provision of inclusive education is key in developing a just, secure and inclusive society. Governments should recognize factors that breed exclusion in access to educat...

Unemployment Policy as an Agenda for Elections 2017

The labour force in Kenya experiences structural unemployment, which is long term, as well as chronic unemployment which resulted due to a of lack of skills, language barriers, discrimination in the labour market, economic changes that cause the r...

Oil and Gas Local Content Development Strategy: The Key to Success

This policy brief attempted to identify common factors in successful local content strategies by comparing the experiences of countries that have achieved reasonable positive local content outcomes. In order to do so, the experiences of seven Lat...

The Seychelles Labor Market

This report, produced as a background paper to the World Bank Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD), provides a detailed overview of the Seychelles labor market. It emphasizes the relationship between changes to the overall structure of the economy...

Learning by Doing: China-Africa Co-operation and State Learning

"The view that ‘Africa should learn from China’s development’ has been expressed throughout Africa, from the chairperson of the AU through senior government officials to analysts, scholars and ordinary citizens. China’s 40-fold increase in GDP a...

IEA Kenya Strategic Plan 2004-2008 Volume 1 Strategic Agenda

The aim for the preparation of this strategic plan for 2004-2008 was to guide the Institute’s work during the years of transition following the election of a new president and party for the first time in Kenya’s 40 years in 2002. It is anticipated...

IEA Kenya Strategic Plan 2014 - 2018 Research, Informed Debate and Policy Innovation

This is the fourth Strategic Plan that was developed by the IEA Kenya and it continues the quest to consolidate the organization’s place as an open forum and research facility for topical policy discourse and development of innovative policy propo...

Reflecting on the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC): Where to from here?

For the first time a FOCAC summit was held on African soil between 3-5 December 2015 which coincided with the launching of China’s second Africa policy paper. The others had all been Ministerial gatherings following the first summit in Beijing. I...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 63

This Southern Africa Record contains the following texts: AFRICA – GENERAL: African Charter for Popular Participation in Development and Transformation, Arusha, Tanzania, 12-16 February 1990; The Abidjan Declaration on Debt Relief, Recovery and De...

South Africa and the United States: A new policy agenda for Africa?

This document describes the end of an ambivalent period in American policy towards Africa. An issue of US foreign policy that receives bipartisan political support is Africa. This policy shift is underpinned by two initiatives: the African Growth ...

Much ado about something? Assessing the potential of the India-Brazil-SA forum

"Various questions are beginning to be asked about the progress and potential of the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Forum, which was created more than a year ago. Following two ministerial meetings a broad agenda has been laid down. At present, ...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 6

This Southern African Record contains the following: • Address by Henry Kissinger on 2 August 1976. • Address by Dr. Hilgard Muller on 13 Augustus 1976. • Address by Henry Kissinger on 31 August 1976. • Transcript of Press Conference of He...

SADC Barometer Issue 7

This SADC Barometer contains the following articles: Addressing poverty on a global scale. Achieving the millennium development goals in SADC. This article provides an overview of where countries in the sub-region stand, as well as reflects on ...

SADC Barometer Issue 2

Debates about development in the regional context invariably contain specific or implicit references to increased trade. Within the context of Nepad, the argument is also for more trade, rather than aid. So what have the countries of Southern...

The OAU and peacekeeping

This international update concerns the renewal of the OAU. Since achieving its primary objective - democratisation in South Africa - the organisation has searched for a new vision and did so successfully by adopting the objectives of economic inte...

The forward march of SADC?

This international update describes the achievements of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The organisation has reinvented itself to deal with changes in the region since the end of apartheid. Much of the cynicism about SADC stems ...

Zimbabwe

This background briefing describes the situation in Zimbabwe with regard to the socialist politics of Prime Minister Mugabe, whose scientific socialism is moderated by practical constraints like the role of the Politburo and the upcoming elections...

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