In this blog, the co-editors of a new working paper series on IBSA tell us about their project. SJ Cooper-Knock, Indrajit Roy and Cintia Kulzer Sacilotto are all based at the Oxford Department of International Development. You can find the first paper in the series, on the politics of sustainable development, here.
Tag Archives: South Africa
In this article, Nicola de Jager argues that we need to take another look at Southern Africa’s ‘democratic darlings’; Botswana and South Africa. These states may have a relatively impressive democratic record on paper within Southern Africa but they are dominant party states. In practice, this dynamic places opposition parties at such a disadvantage that […]
In this blog, our Co-editor, Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock, reflects on the way in which Mandela has been remembered and the responsibilities that come with saluting his long walk to freedom.
Last week, the award-winning film, Dear Mandela, by Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza, was screened at the London School of Economics and Political Science. After the screening, there was a question and answer session with one of the founding members of Abahlali baseMjondolo, a social movement for shack dwellers in South Africa, who were the […]
Last week, Professor Marie Huchzermeyer gave her inaugural lecture at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she is a professor in the School of Architecture and Planning. Her lecture explored the concept of the ‘Right to the City’ as it appeared in the work of Henri Lefebvre and as it appears in the everyday life […]
In this article Pooja Jain and Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock explore plans by the BRICS countries to establish their own development bank and currency reserve. What impact are these developments likely to have on the global financial architecture?
This morning, the shack dwellers’ movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, released a press statement informing the public that 17-year-old Nqobile Nzuzua from Cato Crest, Durban, had been shot and killed in protests over evictions in the area. The organisation stated that they have now lodged several successful injunctions against the municipality to stop these evictions. They say […]
In this post, we share Prof Richard Ballard’s comments on Dr Mandisa Mbali’s new book, ‘South African AIDS Activism and Global Health Politics’. Richard gave this review speech at the launch of the book in Durban last month. In addition to providing a commentary on Mandisa’s work, Richard provides some insightful reflections on the study […]
Last December, the South African nation watched as the ANC party conference took place in Mangaung. As the dust settles after the conference, our co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock, takes a look at what has changed for the ANC, and what hasn’t. The ANC Party Conference in Mangaung at the close of last year saw Zuma hold […]
Few characters in South African politics have caused as much controversy as Julius Malema: how popular is this populist? What effect will his brand of politics have on the future of the country? Following his recent trial and broader tribulations, DiA Editor SJ Cooper-Knock asks what lies ahead for this ‘economic freedom fighter’.