Brazil – South Africa exchange: Measuring and Reporting International Development Cooperation

Defining, monitoring, evaluating and reporting international development activities remains a challenge among all providers of South-South cooperation. Brazil nonetheless has undertaken major strides in this field through the regular publication since 2010 of the Cooperação Brasileira para o Desenvolvimento Internacional (COBRADI) report by the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) as well as the recent Monitoring and Evaluation Platform developed by the Brazilian Agency for Cooperation (ABC).

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South Africa and the World: 2018

The round table, which focused on South Africa’s 2018 foreign policy agenda during the course of the year, also looked towards possible projections for 2019, and took place on the 22 February 2018 in Pretoria at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).

South Africa’s 2018 foreign policy agenda is possibly its busiest since 1994. The country finds itself chairing the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) partnership and the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), while it is also involved in the G20 summit.

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South Africa’s BRICS Presidency 2018: An Inclusive Path towards Global Development

Dr. Philani Mthembu, Executive Director of the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), opened the dialogue by providing a brief review of South Africa’s diplomatic calendar for 2018, which is one of the busiest in the post-1994 era. The BRICS partnership, one of several foreign policy agenda items, has continued to evolve as it enters the beginning of its second decade.

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South Africa’s BRICS Engagement

Dr. Philani Mthembu, Executive Director at the Institute for Global Dialogue, opened the event by contextualising the day’s discussion and explained that the dialogue falls under South Africa’s second track diplomacy, whereby academic institutions, think tanks and researchers interact. South Africa pushed to have this interaction institutionalised in 2013 through its first BRICS Presidency.

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Celebration of Africa Month

The Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies within the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), in collaboration with the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Gordon Institute of Business Science, will be hosting a series of Africa Month events to celebrate and share commonalities and culture linked to the Afro-Latin American and Caribbean communities. The celebration of Africa Month will be an opportunity for the Centre for Latin American and the Caribbean Studies to contribute to deepening the understanding of the historical and contemporary linkages between Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, but also with the rest of the world. Join us this month for three combined art exhibitions, a film and a public dialogue.

Guadalajara Study Abroad Program (PEPE) 2018 from the Univeristy of Guadalajara, from 22 June to 22 July 2018

The Spanish Program for International Students “PEPE” (by its acronym in Spanish) is a cultural immersion program that was created in 2015 by the University of Guadalajara (UDG), in which the participants develop and improve their linguistic skills in Spanish while they live and experience Mexico’s cultural and artistic diversity.

For more information, http://www.cgci.udg.mx/pepe/

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