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South Africa elections 2024: Political pluralism or fractured democracy?
Apr 15, 2024

South Africa elections 2024: Political pluralism or fractured democracy?

With an increasing number of political parties, the potential of coalition politics is an imminent reality in South Africa as it heads to the polls

South Africa, the Indian Ocean and the IBSA-BRICS equation Reflections on Geopolitical and Strategic Dimension
Dec 25, 2011

South Africa, the Indian Ocean and the IBSA-BRICS equation Reflections on Geopolitical and Strategic Dimension

This Paper analyses South Africa's position as a member of both BRICS and IBSA, especially the broader strategic implications arising out of its membership of the two organisations.

South African municipal elections: Lessons for the ANC
Sep 09, 2016

South African municipal elections: Lessons for the ANC

The African National Congress (ANC) lost three important cities in the municipal elections.

South Africa’s COVID19 Responses: Unmaking the Political Economy of Health Inequalities
Feb 17, 2021

South Africa’s COVID19 Responses: Unmaking the Political Economy of Health Inequalities

South Africa’s Covid-19 responses are marred by policy paradoxes. How does a country with one of the most sophisticated health systems in Africa account for the highest number of Covid-19 fatalities? This brief argues that contemporary approaches to South Africa’s social, domestic, and foreign policy responses should be viewed through the theoretical lenses of racial capitalism—a racially hierarchical political economy constituting war, mil

Building capacities for net-zero emissions: Lessons ranging from South Africa to Asia
Nov 27, 2021

Building capacities for net-zero emissions: Lessons ranging from South Africa to Asia

To achieve the net-zero targets, both Africa and Asia would need to adopt adequate measures to circumvent the capacity conundrum

Can South Africa succeed where India and Norway had failed?
Mar 02, 2015

Can South Africa succeed where India and Norway had failed?

Compared to India and Norway, South Africa may have entered Sri Lanka first and re-entered now to a relatively positive start, or so it seemed. Their timing now proves to be wrong, and their proposals thus may not either be heard, or acted upon.

Contemporary aspects of India’s relations with East and South Africa
Jan 19, 2017

Contemporary aspects of India’s relations with East and South Africa

This paper trains the spotlight on India’s relations with Africa by studying the country’s relations with two east African countries – Tanzania and Kenya, and two south African countries – Mozambique and South Africa. The paper opens with a description of the trade, investment, and development cooperation links between India and these countries. An assessment follows of three key areas in these bilateral relationships: energy, food securi

Making quality healthcare accessible in South Africa
Jul 24, 2019

Making quality healthcare accessible in South Africa

In the current economic climate, making a positive social impact in a developing country is not for the faint-hearted.

Municipal finance reforms in South Africa and its applicability for India
May 27, 2019

Municipal finance reforms in South Africa and its applicability for India

It is time that India lays emphasis on changing its approach to urban governance and makes pragmatic changes in its policy books to make its cities fi

Omicron experience in South Africa: Is COVID-19 under control?
Jan 17, 2022

Omicron experience in South Africa: Is COVID-19 under control?

The spread of the new Omicron variant raises pertinent questions over the long-term protection against COVID-19

ORF publication on BRIC released in South Africa
Mar 14, 2011

ORF publication on BRIC released in South Africa

ORF publication 'BRIC in the New World Order' was released in South Africa recently. The event was organised by the South African Institute of International Affairs. Its National Director Ms Elizabeth Sidiropoulos introduced the book and delivered the opening remarks. The launch was followed by a round-table discussion.

Risk Communication, Omicron & Twitter: Learnings from South Africa
Jan 17, 2022

Risk Communication, Omicron & Twitter: Learnings from South Africa

Focusing on agency and self-efficacy of people, encouraging risk communication at local levels, showing coordination among authorities, and focusing o

The future of work in 2021: Perspectives from South Africa
Jan 08, 2021

The future of work in 2021: Perspectives from South Africa

One thing is for sure, the future of work is digital.

5th BRICS Academic Forum Recommendations
Mar 11, 2013

5th BRICS Academic Forum Recommendations

The 5th BRICS Academic Forum, comprising experts and scholars from the research and academic institutions of India, China, Brazil, Russia and South Africa, met on the 11th and 12th of March 2013 in Durban and has come up with a 5-point recommendations.

Africa: The Growing Continent
Nov 30, 2010

Africa: The Growing Continent

Some of the best performing countries of Africa -- Nigeria, South Africa and Botswana -- have GDP growth rates comparable with the fastest developing countries of the world. Their GDPs are the least volatile in Africa. Rwanda was declared the best reformer by the World Bank for encouraging business in the country.

Beyond Poverty Alleviation: Envisioning Inclusive Growth in the BRICS Countries
May 26, 2023

Beyond Poverty Alleviation: Envisioning Inclusive Growth in the BRICS Countries

This paper presents a status report of the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) on two crucial development parameters—inequality and poverty—that have a significant bearing on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs; especially SDG-1 and SDG-10). The paper tracks the origins and movements of absolute and relative poverty, and income and wealth inequality in the BRICS economies over time, highlights the associated cha

BIMSTEC: Overcoming inertia to serve as a truly strategic platform
Sep 08, 2017

BIMSTEC: Overcoming inertia to serve as a truly strategic platform

Two decades since its inception, the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) has yet to truly succeed as an instrument of regional integration. The primary reason for the group’s slow progress is general inertia, or lack of interest amongst its members. There have also been more pressing national and regional issues that have overtaken the group’s development. This is set to change under the im

BRICS and BRI: China Aims for Strategic Alignment
Aug 17, 2023

BRICS and BRI: China Aims for Strategic Alignment

China has twice broached the matter of expanding the membership of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa): first, at the 2017 Xiamen Summit, and again, more recently, at the 14th BRICS Leaders’ Meeting in June 2022 convened virtually under the chairmanship of Beijing. With China and India locked in a stalemate along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Chinese proposal has raised concerns in New Delhi. This brief examine

BRICS cities require smart policy solutions
Sep 01, 2016

BRICS cities require smart policy solutions

Urban governance in BRICS countries will require different policy solutions because of differing circumstances.

BRICS in Africa: A development dream?
Mar 26, 2013

BRICS in Africa: A development dream?

The BRICS-Africa partnership provides the potential for positive cooperation between developing nations in the future. It is this potential that delegates from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will be trying to cultivate and deepen over the next couple of days in Durban.

BRICS: Prospects for a Better Economic Horizon
Sep 15, 2023

BRICS: Prospects for a Better Economic Horizon

The world of BRICS is expanding. Despite setbacks, this association of Brazil,Russia, India, China and South Africaall of them important, emerging-marketeconomiesremains relevant as it continues to comprise a big share of the world's population,its resources, and global trade. This paper describes the rise of BRICS and their growing mutualinterest in cementing their economic and political ties. It argues that while problems remain inpromoting coh

BRICS’ reserve currency: An attempt to reduce the dollar's dominance?
Sep 01, 2022

BRICS’ reserve currency: An attempt to reduce the dollar's dominance?

Whilst Russia and China are leading de-dollarisation initiatives due to their geopolitical rivalry with the US, India, Brazil, and South Africa have s

Bridging the digital divide: Skills for the new age
Apr 05, 2017

Bridging the digital divide: Skills for the new age

The digital divide is a manifestation of exclusion, poverty and inequality and continues to be exacerbated due to the effects of unemployment, poorly functioning digital skilling programmes and socio-cultural norms in some economies, depriving women equal access to digital services. Digital skills provide the poor a catalyst to break out of the cycle of poverty and empower themselves. A three-pronged digital skills strategy is required for develo

Chinese newspaper coverage of the BRICS summit
Aug 04, 2014

Chinese newspaper coverage of the BRICS summit

The 6th BRICS Summit brought together the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa on July 15 in Brazil. The annual diplomatic meeting announced plans for the New Development Bank, which would be located in Shanghai, China.

Compromised  TRIPS waiver: One step forward, two steps back
Apr 16, 2022

Compromised TRIPS waiver: One step forward, two steps back

The watered-down version of the initial TRIPS waiver proposal put forth by India and South Africa indicates that the developed nations’ policy is bu

COVID-19: Developing countries and shrouded opportunities
Jul 29, 2020

COVID-19: Developing countries and shrouded opportunities

It is clear that developing countries have very lucrative opportunities in the field of trade in the coming post-COVID-19 world.

Financing Regenerative Agricultural Practices: A Recommendation for BRICS
Sep 17, 2021

Financing Regenerative Agricultural Practices: A Recommendation for BRICS

The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) have all declared their commitment to climate action and the implementation of the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. This brief makes a case for BRICS, as a forum, to build a strategy for financing regenerative agriculture; key should be the creation of a joint fund. If implemented correctly, the brief argues, such a strategy of giving back to the land, instead of merel

Global conflicts in the new age: The role of ICJ
Apr 06, 2024

Global conflicts in the new age: The role of ICJ

While international law may lack enforceability in a traditional sense and exhibit flaws and frustrations, its influence remains significant in shapin

IBSA and South-South Cooperation: An appraisal
Jun 20, 2018

IBSA and South-South Cooperation: An appraisal

Time and again, leaders from the global South have reaffirmed that people comes first and they should actively participate in the formulation and impl

India and International Sanctions: Delhi’s Role as a Sanctioner
Sep 26, 2013

India and International Sanctions: Delhi’s Role as a Sanctioner

Over the years, sanctions have emerged as a preferred foreign-policy tool for many States, especially in the West. Sanctions serve a number of purposes, including the application of economic and political pressure on specific governments with a view to change their stance on a particular issue. International organisations, throughout the 20th century, used sanctions to impose their positions. The League of Nations first imposed sanctions in 1921

India's strategic autonomy versus Latin America's active non-alignment
Aug 17, 2022

India's strategic autonomy versus Latin America's active non-alignment

India and most of Latin America view the Russia-Ukraine conflict as a ‘regional’ war limited to Europe, but one that has a massive impact on globa

Maternal health in a changing world: A panel discussion
Aug 03, 2019

Maternal health in a changing world: A panel discussion

How can access, equity, equality, and technology shape maternal health in India and South Africa?

Mutant virus emerges in the United Kingdom, Christmas killed
Dec 29, 2020

Mutant virus emerges in the United Kingdom, Christmas killed

The UK has suffered enormously over the past year. Most visibly, it has one of the highest rates of COVID deaths per million people, and has suffered

Nuclear Blackmarket and Pakistan
Feb 07, 2004

Nuclear Blackmarket and Pakistan

The least reported link in the otherwise raging controversy over Pakistan¿s nuclear proliferation happened on January 1, 2004, at the Denver International Airport. Asher Karni, 50, a Jewish businessman from South Africa, was snared in a sting operation launched by the US Commerce Department and other federal agencies.

Nurturing Cooperation in the Critical Minerals Supply Chains
Apr 04, 2024

Nurturing Cooperation in the Critical Minerals Supply Chains

The world is experiencing a crucial shift; a new industrial revolution. This time, the colour is green, and the aim is a cleaner, more livable world for future generations. This industrial revolution will require unprecedented access to critical minerals like graphite, cobalt, lithium, and copper, used for some of the most advanced technologies of our time. Many of these minerals are scattered around the globe, and states that do not have the nat

Pakistan's nuclear tango
Jan 21, 2004

Pakistan's nuclear tango

When the world attention was riveted by the US-choreographed peace moves between New Delhi and Islamabad early this month, a South African Jewish businessman, Asher Karni, 50, was being trapped in a sting operation launched by the US Commerce Department and other federal investigating agencies. On January 2,

Pursuit of an inclusive and equitable healthcare system
Mar 08, 2024

Pursuit of an inclusive and equitable healthcare system

As part of this effort, the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) launched a report, Health Equity and Inclusion in Action, which seeks to examine the ways different health initiatives in six countries across Asia and Africa are exploring to address this complex problem. The report, created by the ORF in collaboration with Gilead Sciences who commissioned it, examines case studies from Bangladesh, India, Morocco, Rwanda, South Africa and Vietnam to

Reactions to Rafah: Preventing humanitarian supply chain breakdown
Jun 06, 2024

Reactions to Rafah: Preventing humanitarian supply chain breakdown

The near breakdown of humanitarian supply chains and services in Gaza merits new measures from the ICJ against Israel.

Relevance of the International Criminal Court in question
Nov 14, 2016

Relevance of the International Criminal Court in question

Questions of relevance have come to the fore with the decision by three African countries — Burundi, South Africa and Gambia — to withdraw from th