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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. 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

China and India’s Development Cooperation in Africa

Explaining the determinants of China and India’s development cooperation in Africa cannot be achieved in simple terms. After collecting over 1000 development cooperation projects by China and India in Africa using AidData, this book applies the method of qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) to understand the motives behind their development cooperation. Mthembu posits that neither China nor India were solely motivated by one causal factor, whether strategic, economic or humanitarian interests or the size of their diaspora in Africa. Order now

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

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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About the Institute for Global Dialogue

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.

Origins and background

The Foundation for Global Dialogue was established in 1995 as a culmination of several years of efforts led by the former South African president, Nelson Mandela. He and his team of leaders saw a need for a research organisation that would facilitate the new South Africa’s engagement with the changing global order after 1994. This was a period in which three vectors of change coincided: the tectonic shifts in global power politics following the collapse of the Soviet Union; the wave of democratisation that hit Africa and South America; and the near-miraculous transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa. The initial funding of IGD came from the German government and went towards establishing the Foundation’s competitive edge, a combination of policy-oriented research, catalytic dialogue, tailor-made publications and grant making for NGOs interested in international relations.

After a strategic review in the late 1990s, the Foundation became an Institute, thus shedding the grant-making responsibility in order to strengthen its analytical and dialogue focus.

Association with the University of South Africa (UNISA)

The IGD entered into a strategic partnership in 2010 with the University of South Africa (UNISA) aimed at pursuing joint research, dialogue with the diplomatic corps, and publications. Its association with UNISA, Africa’s largest open distance learning Institution and longest standing dedicated distance education university in the world complements the IGD’s African and global centered research and dialogue programme, while placing it strategically as a bridge between the world of academic knowledge and the world of policy. 

Strategic Objectives

The work of the IGD will be guided by the following strategic objectives:

  • To become a globally recognised foreign policy think tank of choice through independent, cutting-edge policy research and analysis, catalytic dialogue and stakeholder interface on global dynamics that have an impact on South Africa and Africa.
  • To promote a broader understanding of the role of foreign policy and diplomacy in the pursuit of national and international development goals;
  • To ensure that our analysis and dialogue has discernible outcomes to the public  and in impacting policy;

Vision

To become a globally recognised foreign policy think tank of choice.

Motto

Better Africa. Better World

Mission

To provide independent, cutting-edge policy research and analysis, catalytic dialogue and stakeholder interface on global dynamics that have an impact on South Africa and Africa.

Values

We commit to work in a manner that promotes:

  • Integrity
  • Credibility
  • Independence
  • Team work
  • Excellence
  • Creativity
  • Impact

Management and Governance

A non-executive Board of Directors exercises strategic oversight over the Institute’s plans and operations. The Board is made up of a good mix of expertise in business, international organisations, civil society, academia and the public sector. The following individuals sit on the Board:

  • Mr Seth Phalatse (Chairperson of the Board): Accomplished businessman and retired former BMW—SA Head of Africa Sales and Government Relations
  • Prof Maxi Schoeman (Deputy Chairperson): Deputy Dean at the Department of Post Graduate studies and ethics and Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Pretoria
  • Dr Brigalia Bam: Former Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission of SA
  • Mr Henry Jeffreys: Former Chairperson of the South African National Editor’s Forum and former editor–in-chief of Die Burger newspaper and former editor of the New Age newspaper
  • Prof Iqbal Jhazbhay: Professor of Arabic Studies, University of South Africa (UNISA) and former South African Ambassador to Eritrea
  • Lesiba Teffo: Director of the School of Transdisciplinary Research Institutes at UNISA
  • Ambassador Welile Nhlapo: Former South African Ambassador to Washington DC and former National Security Advisor
  • Ambassador Thandi-Lujabe-Rankoe: Former South African Ambassador to Tanzania, Botswana, and Mozambique

Funding

The IGD operates a joint venture with the University of South Africa (UNISA) and also undertakes consultancy and project related work for state actors, international organisations, and foundations. It thus identifies potential projects with local and international partners that align with our programmatic areas.

The IGD welcomes support from individuals and organisations that share its interests and vision. Please outline which of our programmatic areas you wish to contribute to. For further information in this regard, please contact the Executive Director, Dr. Philani Mthembu at philani@igd.org.za, and our Finance and Administration Manager, Mr. Pieter Du Preez at pieter@igd.org.za

Recent Publications

From MDGs to Sustainable Development Goals

From MDGs to Sustainable Development Goals
Siphamandla Zondi and Philani Mthembu

BRICS in Africa

BRICS in Africa
Wayne Jumat, Arina Muresan. Edited by Philani Mthembu. Designed by Kenny Dlamini

State of Africa, 2017

State of Africa, 2017
Charles Nyuykonge

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