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The Rainbow Myth: Dreaming of a Post-racial South African Society

Nelson Mandela’s ideals incite admiration and hope for most South Africans, overseas citizens and other international observers. The mission of the SA liberation movements and its icons was to build a non-racial society based on equality and justice. This has been the foundation of the ANC, its political programs and the SA constitution. Nonetheless how were the policies addressing socio-economic inequalities designed and implemented to build a rainbow nation? This paper will trace back the original mission of a rainbow nation and compare them with the present situation. Download here

IGD Newsletter 2018

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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. Download report

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. Download report

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. Download report

From MGDs to Sustainable Development Goals

This book is the first in a series that aims to help readers understand the diversity of African academic thinking around the MDGs and their success (or lack thereof); and the transition into the SDGs. The questions this book looks to examine are: How far has the implementation of the aspirations enunciated in the UN Millennium Declaration gone? and Can any measurable progress made towards the implementation of the MDGs be equated to a serious commitment by the world to achieve the now adopted SDGs? Order your copy

About Us

The Institute for Global Dialogue is an independent foreign policy think tank based in Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa. It advances a balanced, relevant and policy-oriented analysis, debate and documentation of South Africa and Africa’s global politics and diplomacy. It strives to promote a broader understanding of the role of foreign policy and diplomacy in the pursuit of national and international development goals.


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Post-Apartheid South Africa 2011
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SA's Second Tenure on the UNSC and the Emerging Powers Dimension
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South Africa and the World 2018: Retrospectively Anticipating 2019
22 November 2018, 09h00
The Institute for Global Dialogue and Human Sciences Research Council Cordially invite you to a roundtable titled South Africa and the World 2018:... Read more...

Top African Court 'Powerless' to Reinstate SADC Tribunal

Top African_Court_Powerless_to_Reinstate_SADC_TribunalThe African Commission on Human and People's Rights has said it has no authority in the fight to fully reinstate the Southern African human rights Tribunal, which was suspended after ruling against Robert Mugabe. The Commission decided last year to reject a landmark challenge filed by Zimbabwean farmers and victims of the Mugabe led land grab campaign, who cited all 14 Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders in its application to have the Tribunal restored. It was the first time in legal history that a group of heads of state was cited by individuals as the respondent in an application to an international body. The Tribunal was suspended in 2011 by SADC leaders, who chose to hobble the work of the court rather than take action against Mugabe. This was after the Tribunal ruled against Mugabe in 2008 in an historic case that pitted dispossessed Zim commercial farmers against the now 90 year old despot. The human rights court ruled that Mugabe's land grab was unlawful and inherently racist, a ruling that ZANU PF and its leader actively ignored.

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