The African National Congress (ANC) narrowly avoided a damaging split at the recently concluded 54th national conference. South Africa is, however, firmly in a “muddling along” scenario. The result of the elections for the 86 elected members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) led by newly elected ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa reflects an organization that went into the conference sharply divided and it will take time for these divisions to subside.
Under this title, a dialogue event at the Nelson Mandela Foundation debated the recent past, present and future of South Africa. Trevor Manuel, legendary finance minister under Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, was joined on the panel by renowned experts from academia, media and civil society. How can the country secure democracy, good governance and growth in a more inclusive economy?
A new report recently published by the Cape Town based Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA) with support from the Hanns Seidel Foundation analyses the legal framework for refugees and their practical situation in selected African countries. The study examines the legal status of refugees, their right to work, access to health and education in the DRC, Ethiopia, Kenia, Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan. more ...
Our Partner "Streetlaw South Africa" recently held Train the Trainer workshops with law students, using a new handbook "Democracy for All" completed with support from the Hanns Seidel Foundation. In their enthusiastic feedback, participants expressed how valuable the experience was. They will themselves conduct democracy education workshops in schools and communities to facilitate active citizenship.
This was the title of a public seminar held recently in Geneva by our partners from the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. Renowned authors presented their new studies on illegal migration which were based on empirical research in northern Africa, the Sahel zone and Turkey where interviews had been conducted with experts and smugglers alike.