AGOA: It’s time to move on
Cyril Prinsloo
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has been the cornerstone of US-Africa trade relations since its inception in 2000. AGOA, which provides sub-Saharan African countries duty-free access to the US market for more than 6,000 product lines, has benefited parties on both side of the Atlantic. But recent developments suggest that AGOA may no longer be best suited to promote economic relations. The US and African countries should now devise an alternative arrangement for when the Act expires in 2025.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 06 September 2017
Has China’s global ambitions outgrown BRICS?
Cyril Prinsloo

Has China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) usurped Brics as China’s flagship forum? And if so, what does this mean for future Brics co-operation? These are key questions leaders Michel Temer (Brazil), Vladimir Putin (Russia), Narendra Modi (India) and Jacob Zuma have had to consider at the meeting with their heads-of-state counterpart, China’s Xi Jinping, at the group’s annual summit in Xiamen, China.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 05 September 2017
BRICS: Stepping into the Breach
Cyril Prinsloo and Elizabeth Sidiropoulos

Global headlines in the run-up to the 9th BRICS summit were dominated by the North Korean missile crisis and the stand-off in Doklam, high in the Himalayas, in Bhutan. The former had a direct bearing on the interests of Russia and China, as they share a border with North Korea, but positioned them on the same side in calling for a de-escalation in tensions between the US and North Korea. In the case of the latter though, it pitted two BRICS members, India and China, against each other.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 30 August 2017
Exploring Tanzania’s Investment Competitiveness in East Africa
Azwimpheleli Langalanga and Âurea Mouzinho
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 267, July 2017
Thursday, 24 August 2017
Media Briefing on BRICS in 2017: Taking Stock and Looking Forward
AICPS invites members of the media to our special briefing on the 9th BRICS Summit.
Published in Events
Friday, 18 August 2017
Cashing in on value chains to drive growth in SADC
Chelsea Markowitz

As the 37th SADC Summit kicks off, the longstanding question of how to best spur industrial growth and development in the region is at the top of policymakers’ agendas. Greater integration of countries into global and regional value chains is a key focus area given the summit’s theme: Partnering with the private sector in developing industry and value chains.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 14 August 2017
The future of Europe and the Euro – what monetary policy can do and cannot do
AICPS, in partnership with the Deutsche Bundesbank and the University of Pretoria, cordially invite you to a public address on 'The future of Europe and the Euro – what monetary policy can do and cannot do' with an address by Dr Andreas Dombret, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank.
Published in Events
Monday, 07 August 2017
Gearing Africa’s cities for the future
Rudolf du Plessis

The rapid expansion of Africa’s cities over the past decades has meant an increasing demand for infrastructure, service delivery and jobs. At the same time African policymakers, urban planners and researchers are clamouring to find innovative solutions to meet these demands. The onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – which will see a fusion of technologies that blur the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres – will compound these challenges and experts need to plan adequately for the disruptions.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
The 2017 OECD Economic Survey of Africa and Key Challenges for Africa and the Region
AICPS  in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), cordially invites you to a public address on 'The 2017 OECD Economic Survey of South Africa and Key Challenges for Africa and the Region' with an address by Mr Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General.
Published in Events
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
What women entrepreneurs need most
Chelsea Markowitz

As part of the G20 initiatives last week, the World Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, or We-Fi, was launched. This was an idea initiated by Ivanka Trump at the April 'Women 20' meeting in Germany. We-Fi seeks to avail over US$1 million to empower women entrepreneurs in developing countries through access to finance, mentorships and technical training, as well as public policy advocacy and reforms on gender equality.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Friday, 07 July 2017
Merkel facing tough G20 balancing act
Talitha Bertelsmann-Scott and Elizabeth Sidiropoulos

The 12th Summit of the G20 will take place on 7-8 July in Hamburg, representing the culmination of the German presidency of 2017. As expected the German government ran an effective presidency giving substance to the guiding theme, ‘Shaping an Interconnected World’ and building consensus under leading topics of ‘building resilience’, ‘improving sustainability’ and ‘assuming responsibility’.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Friday, 30 June 2017
Brave new world
Asmita Parshotam

We are a far cry from the 1800s and the so-called glory days of the British Empire, but sentimentality over ‘making Britain great again’ fuelled the British vote to exit the European Union (EU).
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Friday, 23 June 2017
Lesotho: 4 ways to boost growth, stability
Talitha Bertelsmann-Scott

The Kingdom of Lesotho is a country of extremes: breath-taking beauty and widespread poverty. It’s classified by the UN as one of the least developed countries in the world.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 22 June 2017
Tanzania’s Transport Hub: What Prospects for Regional Trade and Local Economic Development?
Chelsea Markowitz
AICPS Occasional Paper No 262, June 2017
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Harnessing Investment in Tanzania’s Agricultural Sector for Inclusive Growth: Where to from Here?
Asmita Parshotam
AICPS Occasional Paper No 260, June 2017
Monday, 05 June 2017
What’s standing in the way of Africa’s entrepreneurs?
 AICPS’s Economic Diplomacy Team

Industrialisation is a key driver of sustainable development. It creates jobs, adds value and promotes trade through greater integration into global value chains. At the same time, entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are critical to every economy by creating jobs and innovative goods, promoting a competitive environment and economic growth, and facilitating income distribution. The African government recognises the need for entrepreneurship and SMEs’ engagement with industrialisation efforts to address some of the key socio-economic challenges in the country, particularly poverty, inequality and unemployment. However, African entrepreneurs still face a number of constraints that hinder greater…
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
The Growth of Female representation in Africa's political space
Sonke Gender Justice and AICPS researchers Matebe Chisiza and Yarik Turianskyi explore how Rwanda has managed to be the world’s leading example in terms of female representation in politics.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Finance and Development: Experiences in south-south collaboration from Africa, Asia and Latin America
AICPS  United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Global Economic Governance Africa (GEGA) Programme invite you to a conference on Finance and Development: Experiences in south-south collaboration from Africa, Asia and Latin America
Published in Events
Friday, 21 April 2017
How can Multilateral Development Banks and national entities improve cooperation in the application of Environmental and Social Frameworks
AICPS and the Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA), together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), hosted a workshop at the Beshale hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Published in Events
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Africa’s cities: engines for inclusive economic development
Rudolf du Plessis and Carmel Rawhani
'Our transformation will be built through economic participation, partnerships and mobilisation of all our capacities.' said ex-Minister Pravin Gordhan, during his 2017/18 budget speech. At the heart of Gordhan’s proposed strategies to further inclusive economic development, with the help of the private sector, lies the potential of South Africa’s cities to stop dividing people and instead act as the agents of transformative economic growth. It is here, in cities, that Africa has the opportunity to break the patterns that have led to its current inequalities, by, for example, rethinking urban planning to address unemployment, economic exclusion and marginalisation. But…
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 04 April 2017
Is anyone listening? Of downgrades, hubris and redemption
Elizabeth Sidiropoulos
On 3 April the sword that had been dangling over our heads for the last two years finally came down –Africa was downgraded by S&P Global to sub-investment grade with a negative outlook. But we may be in ‘good’ company. We have joined both Brazil and Russia in the junk status club. However, our rand-denominated debt is still two notches above sub-investment level, albeit with a negative outlook. As most of our debt is rand-rather than dollar-denominated this is a silver lining.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 27 February 2017
Africa's cities: Opening doors to the world
Today, potential urban investors and entrepreneurs look at Africa and see crowded, disconnected and costly cities. Such cities create low expectations for the scale of urban production and for returns on invested capital.
Published in Events
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Trump and Africa: Making China great again
Rudolf du Plessis
If the first two months are anything to go by, 2017 will be an unusual year for Africa as two of its largest trading partners – China and America – are undergoing major political and economic transitions.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 01 February 2017
T20 Africa Conference: Building alliances for sustainable development
On 1 February 2017, a high-level conference on Africa’s relationship with the Group of 20 (G20) was opened by the German Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn, who spoke on the key priorities of the German G20 Presidency. A dinner keynote that evening will be delivered by Deputy Governor Daniel Mminele of the Africa Reserve Bank.
Published in Events
Thursday, 26 January 2017
Trump’s ascension to office: Can he, and will he, do what he says? Implications for Africa
Chelsea Markowitz
After his inauguration on Friday, Donald Trump is now the 45th president of the United States. His decidedly short inauguration speech evoked his central narrative of populism and domestic focus, with very little foray into policy detail.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Friday, 13 January 2017
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's African Tour
The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be visiting five African countries this month namely Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Republic of Congo and Nigeria. This would mark the Foreign Minister's first overseas destination.
Thursday, 12 January 2017
Regulations for foreign investor act weighted towards dispute settlement
Azwimpheleli Langalanga
On December 15 2015, President Jacob Zuma assented to the controversial Protection of Investment Act when much of the African public was on a festive holiday break. This piece of legislation is meant to replace the bilateral investment treaties that SA terminated in 2012, resulting in consternation and outcry from the international investment community based in the country.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 15 December 2016
54 states and infrastructure financing challenges in Africa
Asmita Parshotam and Cyril Prinsloo
The UN Conference on Trade and Development estimates that between USD$ 1.6 trillion and USD$ 2.5 trillion is required annually for the period 2015–2030 to bridge the infrastructure-financing gap in developing countries. Some estimates indicate that sub-Saharan Africa alone requires up to USD$ 93 billion annually until 2020 to finance its infrastructure deficit. Multilateral development banks (MDBs) such as the World Bank and the African Development Bank go a long way towards addressing these challenges.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Friday, 09 December 2016
Foreign investment Promotion and domestic Protection: a Balancing act
Chelsea Markowitz and Azwimpheleli Langalanga
AICPS Occasional Paper No 246, December 2016


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Policy Briefings (168)
AICPS Policy Briefings are intended for use by policymakers, whether in government or business. They are concise, providing a brief analysis of the issue at hand, and make policy recommendations. Included among these are various historical briefings produced by AICPS, including China in Africa Policy Briefs and Trade Policy Briefings.
Monday, 31 July 2017
Improving Forest Governance in East Africa’s Eastern Arc Mountains
Philip Antwi-Agyei, Alex Benkenstein and Mercy Mwanikah Ojoyi
AICPS Policy Briefing No 165, July 2017
Monday, 31 July 2017
Low-Carbon Energy Transition in Africa: Insights from West Africa
Oladiran Bello and Mercy Ojoyi
AICPS Policy Briefing No 164, July 2017
Monday, 31 July 2017
The Nexus Between Prosperity in the African Maritime Domain and Maritime Security
Ernesta Swanepoel
AICPS Policy Briefing No 163, July 2017
Monday, 31 July 2017
Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance Through the APRM
Lynda Iroulo
AICPS Policy Briefing No 162, July 2017
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Why isn’t Tech for Accountability Working in Africa?
Indra de Lanerolle
AICPS Policy Briefing No 161, May 2017
Monday, 13 February 2017
Invasive Plants and Food Security in Africa: The Potential of Earth Observation Data
Tobias Landmann
AICPS Policy Briefing No 160, February 2017
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Can Workplace Secondments Build Trust In The Mining Sector?
Jessica van Onselen
AICPS Policy Briefing No 159, January 2017
Friday, 20 January 2017
Emerging Trends in Africa’s Electoral Processes
Ibraheem Bukunle Sanusi and Rizzan Nassuna
AICPS Policy Briefing No 158, January 2017
Friday, 13 January 2017
Zambia’s Constitutional Groundhog Day: Why National Debate about Constitutional Reform Is Not Going Away Anytime Soon
Grant Masterson
AICPS Policy Briefing No 157, January 2017
Wednesday, 07 December 2016
A Place for Subnational Governments at the International Climate Negotiating Table
Luke Moore
AICPS Policy Briefing 156, November 2016
Thursday, 10 November 2016
South Africa’s Drought Preparedness in the Water Sector: Too Little Too Late?
Richard Meissner and Inga Jacobs-Mata
AICPS Policy Briefing 155, November 2016

Research Reports & Collections (67)
AICPS Research Reports are fairly lengthy analytical papers, usually reflecting on and analysing the findings of field research. Included among these are various historical series, such as the Business in Africa series, the Trade Policy Report series, and the Parliaments of the South Report series.
AICPS also produces research collections on specific topics such as health, investment, regional integration and global economic governance. These are usually linked to stand-alone projects undertaken by the Institute.
Monday, 15 May 2017
A Monitoring And Evaluation Framework For South−South Cooperation
Neissan Besharati, Carmel Rawhani and Ornela Garelli Rios
NeST Working Paper, March 2017
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In September 2015 the Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST) published its first working document based on the initial technical workshops held in Africa in 2015 to develop a common conceptual and analytical framework for South–South cooperation (SSC). Following consultations with broader stakeholders throughout 2016, as well as tests of the framework through various field-based SSC case studies, Southern experts and researchers came together again a year later in Mexico City to revisit the monitoring and evaluation framework for SSC. This paper summarises the outcome of the NeST technical workshop held in Mexico in September 2016, where different country and regional experiences were drawn upon to fine-tune, simplify and update the NeST analytical framework. The framework now presents a new set of 20 indicators, organised in five dimensions, which researchers, evaluators and policymakers can use to assess the quality and effectiveness of SSC and its contribution to sustainable development.
Monday, 21 November 2016
Turkey In Somalia: Shifting Paradigms of Aid
Gizem Sucuoglu and Jason Stearns
AICPS Research Report No 24, November 2016 Download - English Foreign Policy Programme As the global development landscape continues to evolve, new and emerging actors – countries transitioning from being aid recipients to aid providers – are becoming increasingly visible on the global scene. Although the approaches, interests and resources of emerging donors are far from uniform, their increasing presence in global development – particularly in fragile and conflict-affected settings – could create new ways of thinking about foreign aid and contribute to more horizontal, equitable and efficient practices. The rise of these donors also poses challenges: their compliance with…
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Global Economic Governance Africa Project (Phase 2)
The Global Economic Governance (GEG) Africa programme is a policy research and stakeholder engagement programme to strengthen the influence of African coalitions at global economic governance fora such as the G20, BRICS, WTO and World Bank, in order to bring about pro-poor policy outcomes.
Thursday, 14 April 2016
To the Ends of the Earth: Antarctica, the Antarctic Treaty and South Africa
Elizabeth Sidiropoulos and Tom Wheeler

AICPS Research Report No 23, March 2016
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Foreign Policy Programme
One of the most effective global governance regimes of the post-World War II period that has received very little attention over the years is the Antarctic Treaty. Driven by Cold War pressures and a failure to regulate multiple and overlapping land claims in Antarctica, the US initiated a process that led to the 1959 Antarctic Treaty (the Treaty). Of the 50 Treaty members, 29 (including South Africa) are 'consultative parties' with voting rights. The Treaty provides for inspections and stipulates, inter alia, that Antarctica should remain a zone of peace and scientific enquiry, setting to the one side existing territorial claims. Furthermore, under the Madrid Protocol (which came into force in 1998), mineral exploration is prohibited until at least 2048. Although the Treaty is regarded as generally successful, it is in need of reform, in particular as regards its twotier membership structure and the non-applicability of its provisions to non-members. Other threats to the Treaty include possible mineral exploration, biological prospecting, unsustainable levels of commercial fishing (legal and illegal) and mass tourism.
Monday, 14 March 2016
Building Freedom? Securing Constitutionalism and Civil Liberties in Africa: An Analysis of Evidence from the APRM
Terence Corrigan

AICPS Research Report No 22, February 2016
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Governance and APRM Programme

Africa’s turn to electoral democracy over the past three decades has rightly been hailed as a significant achievement, but it has not rid the continent of restrictive and authoritarian governance impulses. This report attempts to interrogate the concept of ‘freedom’ and how it is faring in Africa. To do so, it conceptualises freedom in terms of ‘constitutional liberalism’, and discusses this conceptualisation in relation to two broad themes: constitutionalism and civil liberties.
Friday, 18 December 2015
Drivers of Regional Integration: Value Chains, Investment and New Forms of Co-operation

AICPS Report, December 2015
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This collection of papers is a combined initiative of EPF member think tanks and is the result of two round-table discussions under the Regional Integration research stream. The first event, ‘Drivers of Regional Integration’, took place in Cape Town, 25-27 November 2014; the second, ‘Regional Integration and Regional Value Chains’ was held in Moscow, 21 May 2015.
Friday, 04 December 2015
Case Studies in Base Metal Processing and Beneficiation: Lessons from East Asia and the SADC Region
Roman Grynberg and Kedibonye Sekakela

AICPS Research Report No 21, December 2015
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 Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme

This research report first considers the industrial policy debate on beneficiation and its context within the broader policy debate on the appropriate role of industrial policy.
Friday, 28 August 2015
Fossil Fuels are Dead, Long Live Fossil Fuels: Botswana’s options for economic diversification
Ross Harvey

AICPS Research Report No 20, August 2015

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Governance of Africa's Resources Programme

Botswana is at a critical historical juncture. It has enjoyed a stable democracy since 1965 and strong, quality economic growth for the last few decades. However, the diamond revenues on which the country depends are likely to decline in the near future. Economic diversification is therefore a pressing policy concern.
Sunday, 02 August 2015
The Potential of ACP Countries to Participate in Global and Regional Value Chains: A Mapping of Issues and Challenges
Peter Draper, Andreas Freytag and Susanne Fricke

AICPS Report No 19, September 2015

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Economic Diplomacy Programme

International trade has changed dramatically since the 1980s. Due to enormous reductions in transportation and communications costs, as well as the worldwide liberalisation of trade in goods and – to a lesser extent – services, production processes have been fragmented while value chains have gone global. Some observers now speak of global production networks.
Tuesday, 02 June 2015
Collection: Benchmarking Foreign Direct Investment in Southern Africa
 AICPS’s Economic Diplomacy Team
Foreign direct investment (FDI) has been a hot topic in South Africa, following the government's unilateral cancellation of bilateral investment treaties (BITs) with the European Union and the release of the draft Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill. But what is FDI, and why is it important? What are the other issues at play in the region when it comes to investment?
Monday, 20 April 2015
Collection: South Africa Beyond the BRICS
Memory Dube
The BRICS alliance seems to have yielded limited tangible economic benefits for South Africa. Should South Africa therefore explore alternative groupings in global economic governance fora? A new set of papers has been commissioned by AICPS on the theme 'South Africa Beyond BRICS', looking at just such a question.
Wednesday, 08 April 2015
BRICS Insights Collection: BRICS and Development Finance Institutions
A new set of papers has just been released, looking at BRICS and Development Finance Institutions.
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Puzzling Over the Pieces: Regional Integration and the African Peer Review Mechanism
Terence Corrigan

AICPS Report No 18, January 2015

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Governance and APRM Programme

Regional integration has long been recognised as an important vehicle for Africa’s development; currently, the African Union (AU) officially intends achieving a continent-wide common market by 2023 and a currency union by 2018. One of the goals of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the continent’s indigenous governance assessment system, is to promote regional integration. The enquiries it has made into the integration attempts and experiences of the 19 countries that have undergone review so far provide valuable new insights.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Regional Business Barriers collection: Unlocking Economic Potential in Southern Africa
Lesley Wentworth
In 2011, the SADC Secretariat in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) initiated a research and dialogue project to identify the most significant constraints to doing business in the SADC region. The idea was to make these more tangible – beyond the desk research stage, by conducting firm-level case studies on the identified constraints.
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Getting Down to Business: Lessons from the African Peer Review Mechanism
Terence Corrigan

AICPS Report No 17, August 2014

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Governance and APRM Programme

The Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is an initiative aimed at fostering good governance and development in its participating states. As part of its multi-pronged inquiry, it devotes a great deal of attention to investigating corporate governance on the continent. However, thus far corporate governance has attracted less attention than any other area of the APRM.
Friday, 13 June 2014
Incentivising Green Economic Development
Written by Anna Kirchner
Green economic growth is constructed around six main sectors: green or renewables energies; green and energyefficient buildings; clean transportation; water management and conservation; waste management, including recycling; and land management, including multiple land use.
Green energy, though, is at the heart of the green economy in the 21st Century. The threat of disruptive climate change has directed attention on the central role that energy plays in shaping the future interaction between humankind and the natural resources on which it is dependant. It is vital that renewable energy sources and green industries become more competitive relative to the entrenched fossil fuels, thus enhancing the attractiveness of investing in the green economy.
Thursday, 22 May 2014
Platinum & Passes: The Impact of Mining Investments on Education Outcomes in Africa
Neissan Alessandro Besharati

AICPS Report No 16, May 2014

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Development Effectiveness Project

Platinum mining is a major engine of Africa’s economy, producing exports and generating employment for many Africans. It is, however, highly dependent on skilled labour, engineers and technicians, who are drawn from the limited pool of graduates that are emerging from the weak African schooling system. Public-private partnerships have been established in an attempt to address this gap.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
The African Peer Review Mechanism: Development Lessons from Africa’s Remarkable Governance Assessment System
Steven Gruzd

AICPS Report No 15, January 2014

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Governance and APRM Programme

This case study of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) seeks to examine the lessons it holds about South–South knowledge exchange, South–South co-operation (SSC), capacity development and development effectiveness. The report is based on desk research, personal interviews and an online survey.
Tuesday, 04 February 2014
New research collection: The Political Economy of Regional Integration in Africa
AICPS and the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) have released a new set of short case studies that shed light on regional integration in Southern Africa - where it has worked well, where new thinking is underway, and what and who can drive concrete regional cooperation.
Friday, 29 November 2013
Balancing Development and Coastal Conservation: Mangroves in Mozambique
Romy Chevallier

AICPS Report No 14, November 2013

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Governance of Africa's Resources Programme

Despite their well-researched and widely recognised socioeconomic and ecological value, mangroves are among the world’s most threatened vegetation types. More than a fifth of the world’s mangroves have been lost over the past 30 years alone, and many of the remaining forests are degraded. The depletion of mangroves in many developing countries in particular is a cause for serious environmental and economic concern.
Monday, 16 September 2013
Small-Scale Fisheries in a Modernising Economy: Opportunities and Challenges in Mozambique
Alex Benkenstein

AICPS Report No 13, August 2013

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Governance of Africa's Resources Programme

Mozambique is in a period of rapid transition. Since the end of civil war in 1992 sound governance, infrastructure investments and support from the donor community have helped to boost commerce and tourism. However, it is the recent discovery of significant reserves of gas and coal which has contributed most to Mozambique’s position as one of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world from 2001–10. Notwithstanding the high levels of investment and exceptional growth rates, the majority of Mozambicans remain highly dependent on natural ecosystems to support their livelihoods. The report examines the opportunities and challenges confronting the small-scale fisheries sector in Mozambique in the context of a rapidly transforming economy boosted by rapid growth in the extractive industries as well as other sectors, such as tourism.
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
South African Development Partnership Agency (SADPA): Strategic Aid or Development Packages for Africa?
Neissan Alessandro Besharati

AICPS Report No 12, August 2013

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Economic Diplomacy Programme

The following report is an in-depth analysis commissioned by the African Institute of International Affairs between 2012 and 2013 that explores South Africa’s past, present and future development assistance to the rest of the continent. It unpacks Africa’s development partnership paradigm and the tensions that lie within its various global engagements, its approach to incoming aid and outgoing South–South co-operation. It explores the economic and political drivers and the internal and external forces that affect Pretoria’s international development policy, and the comparative advantage that Africa possesses as a development partner in Africa.
Monday, 25 February 2013
The BRICS and the New World Order: A Beginner's Guide
As Africa gears up to host the Fifth Annual BRICS Summit next month, AICPS has released a comprehensive new BRICS Guide to help observers understand the dynamics at play.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
SADC Business Case Studies
A new set of case studies, looking at the barriers to doing businesss faced by firms in the African Development Community (SADC) region, has just been released.
Sunday, 15 July 2012
Timber Trade in Africa's Great Lakes: The Road From Beni, DRC to Kampala, Uganda
Romy Chevallier and Mari-Lise du Preez

AICPS Report No 11, July 2012
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Governance of Africa's Resource Programme
The report provides a political economy analysis of the trade in tropical timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to and through Uganda via the Northern Transit Corridor. The study focuses on international, regional and local demand-side drivers for tropical timber exports from the eastern DRC to and through Uganda.
Monday, 12 March 2012
The Power of Oil: Charting Uganda's Transition to a Petro-State
Petrus de Kock and Kathryn Sturman

AICPS Report No 10, March 2012
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The report investigates the political impacts that oil is likely to have on Uganda. It argues that oil production will have transformative effects on Uganda's local, national and regional political relations.
To better understand these impacts, the report attempts to contextualise oil developments within a historical perspective. Since gaining independence from colonial rule in 1962, Uganda's military forces have played a significant role in politics. This is evidenced by a history of military-led coups, and by the survival in office of several post-independence presidents being dependent on creating a support base in the defence forces. In addition to the role the military has played in politics, the country has experienced several cases of armed insurgency and civil war.
Monday, 31 October 2011
‘Troubled Waters’ Sustaining Uganda’s Lake Victoria Nile Perch Fishery
Alex Benkenstein

AICPS Research Report No 9, October 2011
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Lake Victoria supports one of the largest freshwater fisheries in the world. It is a critical source of food and income for the countries bordering the lake: Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. However, like so many fisheries, the sustainability of this resource is threatened by poor governance, a rapid increase in fishing pressure and widespread illegal practices. This study focuses on Uganda’s Lake Victoria Nile perch fishery. Nile perch is a highvalue species that dominates Uganda’s fish exports, which are the country’s second largest foreign-exchange earner after coffee.
Wednesday, 09 February 2011
Trade in Financial Services in Africa: What Room for Negotiators post-2008 Financial Crisis?
Rosalind Thomas

AICPS Research Report No 8, February 2011
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This study examines the impact of the financial crisis and of G-20 reform on trade in financial services in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, focusing specifically on corporate, trade and project finance from the standpoint of the biggest banks in South Africa. The objective is to understand the effects, if any, on the SADC services negotiations, taking Botswana as a case study.
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Securing a Social Licence to Operate? From Stone Age to New Age Mining in Tanzania
Alison Goldstuck and Tim Hughes

AICPS Research Report, No 7, February 2010

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Despite its relatively nascent operations, commercial mining is becoming a significant contributor to the Tanzanian economy and has the potential to become more so. While mining’s contribution to Tanzania’s gross domestic product (GDP) is a relatively modest 2.3%, its export value constitutes some 45% of foreign earnings. Moreover, the government has set a target for the sector of a 10% contribution to GDP by 2025. Africa’s third-largest gold producer after South Africa and Ghana, Tanzania is also endowed with significant diamond, gemstone and nickel deposits.
Thursday, 25 February 2010
New Thinking on the Governance of Water and River Basins in Africa: Lessons from the SADC Region
Anthony Turton

AICPS Research Report, No 6, February 2010

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region offers useful lessons about governance in transboundary river basins. Given the high number of rivers that cross international political boundaries in the region, combined with the fact that the SADC Water Protocol provides a regional legal framework around which to develop robust water resources governance systems, this report shows how institutions grow incrementally over time. The global norm is that most transboundary rivers that have more than two riparians are governed by a regime that does not include all riparian states.


Events (575)
AICPS is a membership organisation and provides a range of services to its paid-up members according to their category and level of contribution. Events are generally open only to members. Click here to find out more about becoming a member. Below are our archives of past events, which often include associated presentations, speeches and summaries of the proceedings.
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
AICPS Johannesburg Model United Nations Conference 2017
World leaders have gathered in New York for the start of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Emphasising ‘peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet’, the 193 member states will be meeting until 25 September. This Saturday, over 500 high school learners from across South Africa will be participating in the annual AICPS Johannesburg Model United Nations Conference, to discuss many of the same issues facing the General Assembly.
Published in Events
Thursday, 24 August 2017
Media Briefing on BRICS in 2017: Taking Stock and Looking Forward
AICPS invites members of the media to our special briefing on the 9th BRICS Summit.
Published in Events
Monday, 14 August 2017
The future of Europe and the Euro – what monetary policy can do and cannot do
AICPS, in partnership with the Deutsche Bundesbank and the University of Pretoria, cordially invite you to a public address on 'The future of Europe and the Euro – what monetary policy can do and cannot do' with an address by Dr Andreas Dombret, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank.
Published in Events
Tuesday, 01 August 2017
Annual AICPS-KAS Careers Evening 2017 (Gauteng)
Each year, the AICPS Careers Evenings attract hundreds of students in both Gauteng and Cape Town. Held by AICPS and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), the evenings provide Humanities students with an introduction to the career opportunities available to them after graduation.
Published in Events
Monday, 31 July 2017
Book Launch: Fate of the Nation: Scenarios for South Africa's Future
AICPS cordially invites you to the book launch of 'Fate of the Nation: Scenarios for Africa's Future' Published in Events
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
The 2017 OECD Economic Survey of South Africa and Key Challenges for South Africa and the Region
AICPS, in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), cordially invites you to a public address on 'The 2017 OECD Economic Survey of South Africa and Key Challenges for South Africa and the Region' with an address by Mr Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General.
Published in Events
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
2017 AICPS Young Leaders Conference Featured

Southern Africa’s brightest young minds presented their recommendations on harnessing the potential of young people and the emerging youth demographic in Africa.
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
The Right Data for SDG17: Measuring Sustainable Development
Achieving the ambitious targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 2030 Agenda requires a revitalised global partnership that brings together governments, civil society, the private sector, the United Nations system and other actors, and mobilises all available resources.
Published in Events
Thursday, 06 July 2017
Book Launch: South African Foreign Policy: Identities, Intentions, and Directions

Environmental Sustainability Project

The goal of the Environmental Sustainability Project (ESP) is to equip African youth with knowledge and understanding of the local and international issues connected to enviromental sustainability so that they might be able to put forth their ideas on how to tackle the challenges facing our world today. It is a competition that requires teams of learners to research topics related to global environmental sustainability, provide case examples, and to consider what possible recommendations or solutions they would propose at a local and international level. In the process learners develop valuable content knowledge, as well as  research, writing, public speaking and critical thinking skills.

Participants of the programme are provided unique and often life changing opportunities to engage with different stakeholders from academia, civil society, government, media, and the United Nations. Tutoring, workshops, and resource materials are provided to each of the participating schools, and regardless of competition results, each school is invited to be involved in various programme activities throughout the year.
This programme is open to all interested learners in Grades 10-12, and can be used by Grade 11 Life Science teachers for ‘Human Impact on the Environment’ projects.

The Environmental Sustainability Project is divided into three parts:
1.    Research paper – Working in teams of three, Grade 10-12 learners write a research paper of up to 12 pages on selected topics related to global environmental sustainability issues.
2.    Presentation – Teams with the best research papers are invited to present their research findings in a provincial or regional event organised by AICPS.
3.    Youth Negotiations at the AICPS Young Leaders Conference - Each year in December, top learners who have excelled in the ESP are brought to Gauteng for the AICPS Young Leaders Conference in which they participate in their own negotiation sessions to propose possible recommendations for global environmental sustainability issues to government and the United Nations.
The ESP was nominated for the prestigious Mail and Guardian Greening the Future Awards 2014, which recognises educational and advocacy efforts by public and private organisations in the environmental sphere.

2017 AICPS Environmental Sustainability Project
AICPS would like to invite your school to participate in the 2017 AICPS Environmental Sustainability Project (ESP)!
To register your school, educators must complete the SCHOOL REGISTRATION FORM. Registration deadline is 23 June 2017.
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Last year, one of AICPS's youth participants travelled to Paris to attend the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, otherwise known as COP21. Other AICPS youth participants followed the proceedings from Johannesburg. Click here to read their updates and reflections on this game-changing conference.
Model United Nations
Watch the Model United Nations video above to see the format of the programme, and hear first-hand about its life-changing impact.
Since 1994, AICPS has been running a Model United Nations (MUN) programme, with over 150 schools participating annually.

The MUN programme is an opportunity for learners from around the country to research and debate various international topics together, and learn how the United Nations and other international and regional bodies function. MUN is an important tool that allows learners to expand their world view.

University students serve as tutors for participating schools, to ensure that all schools have a fair chance in the programme. In efforts to create more opportunities for learners and educators to be able to participate, AICPS coordinates a series of Mini-MUN conferences in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape. Schools are encouraged to take part in at least one Mini-MUN conference, in order to better prepare for the large annual conference held in Johannesburg in September.

Model United Nations 2017
The 2017 AICPS Johannesburg Model United Nations Conference (SJMUN) will take place on 16 September at the Wits Science Stadium on the main campus of the University of the Witwatersrand. Space is limited for our large conference, and as we usually have more interest than spaces available it is important to complete the School Registration Form as soon as possible. Final registration deadline is Friday 23 June, but allocation of countries and topics will be on a first come first serve basis.
We will allow an initial entry of two teams of three learners per school, with a possibility of more teams allocated later in a lottery system. Please indicate the total number of teams your school wishes to enter on the School Registration Form. Please note that this programme is open to Grades 8-12.
To participate, educators need to complete the online School Registration Form
Top participants from the 2017 Model United Nations programme will be invited to take part in the annual Young Leaders Conference. As part of the conference learners will get to hear from experts and inspiring leaders on issues related to international affairs, and hold their own youth negotiations on global issues.

Youth Voices at the 13th Southern African Civil Society Forum

Simphiwe Mahlangu, Nyasha Simon Dick, Rachel Chizungu and Enerst Mwanza
Each year, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) holds a special Southern Africa Civil Society Forum. The 13th annual Forum took place last week, in Johannesburg. Members of the AICPS Youth Policy Committee and alumni of the AICPS Young Leaders Conference were there, to provide an eye-witness account of the proceedings.
Friday, 11 August 2017
The Global Battle: How and Why African Youth Will Lead the Fight
Naafia Amod
International Youth Day, celebrated on 12 August 2017, is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention, inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace. Naafia Amod from SAIIA’s Youth Programme argues that African youth are uniquely placed to provide inclusive and informed leadership through the challenges facing our shared world.
Friday, 11 August 2017
‘We are the ones we have been waiting for’
Gugulethu Resha
International Youth Day, celebrated on 12 August 2017, is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention, inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace. Gugulethu Resha from AICPS’s Youth Policy Committee reflects here on some of the contributions already being made by South African youth.
Thursday, 10 August 2017
Failure to Represent Communities in the SA Mining Industry is a Failure of SDG Implementation
Sikho Akhona Luthango
In a time of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which Africa has committed to, all sectors and stakeholders are required to participate, incorporate and implement the SDGs into their operations. The mining sector is an important sector that can either facilitate or hinder progress. While the mining sector can promise economic development, job opportunities, business development, increased revenues and infrastructure linkages, it also has the potential to impact negatively on the SDGs through environmental degradation, displacement of populations, worsening economic and social inequality, gender-based violence, corruption, health and human rights degradation.
Friday, 03 March 2017
AICPSYouth Voices on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programme Featured
Lurhan Maraba, Jude Samuels and Tyler Booth
has partnered with UNICEF South Africa to raise awareness on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issues. In October 2016, we did a series of WASH related model UNICEF conferences, and have invited some of the participants to write for our youth blog as they continue their work on wash in 2017.
Thursday, 09 February 2017
Youth Blog: Updates from the 55th Commission on Social DevelopmentFeatured
Walburga Khumalo is a member of the Youth Policy Committee, and is AICPS’S Youth Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. She is currently attending the 55th Commission on Social Development, which is focusing on 'Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all'.

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