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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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International diplomacy

International Diplomacy


'If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner' -
N. Mandela

This programme is aimed at understanding how decisions, choices and policies of various states help shape the outcomes of significant international processes including negotiations, conferences and diplomatic clubs. The programme tracks the conduct of international diplomacy, assesses the role of Africa and South Africa, for the purpose of identify ways in which Africa and South Africa could make a better use of international diplomacy. The IGD believes that international diplomacy when used strategically and in a calculated fashion offers great opportunities for developing countries to ensure its outcomes help overcome global inequality, poverty and underdevelopment.

The programme has two sub-themes, namely:

1. International negotiations and conferences and the possibility of realising Africa's and South Africa's foreign policy goal by forging inclusive, realistic and ambitious consensuses. The focus is on diplomatic platforms with a strong economic and developmental bias such as the G20, the UN, the OECD, the WEF and so forth.

Current research within this focus area includes:

  • Environmental Diplomacy and the dynamics of the international climate change negotiations and the achievement of fair and pragmatic outcomes.
  • Developmental Diplomacy with its focus on the changing geo-politics of development cooperation, the future role of development cooperation and South Africa’s emerging role in development assistance.

Dr Lesley Masters leads this area of study.

2. Led by Siphamandla Zondi, the sub-theme on African diplomacy seeks to understand and influence the changing role of Africa in world affairs. A component of this is to identify ways of improving decision-making and strengthening inter-institutional linkages to ensure positive outcomes from Africa's agreements with other regions and countries. This includes a strategic role for the AU Commission and civil society.

Current research within this focus area includes:

SADC Institutionswhich unpacks the state of institutional effectiveness in the SADC, with particular reference to SADC National Committees (SNCs) and their linkage to the SADC Secretariat, exploring ways in which South Africa could best show its regional leadership by championing the process of strengthening the capacity of these institutions to deliver on SADC’s goals.

Dr S. Zondi coordinates this area of study. He was part of an AU Technical Committee on Post-Conflict Development and Reconstruction in Sudan.

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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