South African Institute of International Affairs

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) has a long and proud record as South Africa’s premier research institute on international issues. It is an independent, non-government think-tank whose purpose is to encourage wider and more informed awareness of the importance of international affairs. It is both a centre for research excellence and a home for stimulating public debate.

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Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo and China’s President Xi Jinping at the 2018 summit in Beijing. EPA-EFE/Andy Wong (Pool)

Ties between African countries and China are complex. Understanding this matters

Not enough credit is given to the agency African governments have in their dealings with China.
Conservationists are at loggerheads about how to save elephants from poaching. EPA/Dai Kurokawa

How to break the impasse between opposing camps in ivory trade debate

Improving livelihoods by exploring alternatives to wildlife trade would help to curb the poaching of threatened species like elephants.
Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews the guard of honour on a state visit to Zimbabwe. Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Why the focus on China’s role in Mugabe’s fall missed the bigger picture

A narrow interest in whether Beijing actively pushed for Mugabe’s fall is based on the assumption that the China-Africa relationship is an isolated phenomenon.
Malawi is a country that’s particularly vulnerable to the impact of drought and flood. Shutterstock

Africa needs to manage food, water and energy in a way that connects all three

Understanding the connections between basic food demands and accessibility to water and energy is important when it comes to climate change and its impact on agriculture and livelihoods.
Women demonstrate in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley against the export of wild animals from the Maasai Mara National Park. Reuters/Antony Gitonga

Conservation decisions must protect the livelihoods of people living in Africa

In the absence of trading ivory, other solutions have to be found to fund conservation and support communities living on the front line of the battle against poaching.
CITES has become the premier multilateral arrangement to tackle illegal wildlife trafficking. Ross Harvey

Explainer: what is CITES and why should we care?

The focus of CITES is not solely on the protection of species. It also promotes controlled trade that is not detrimental to the sustainability of wild species.
Reducing the HIV rate is one of the joint goals of southern African governments. Reuters/Edward Echwalu

Steps southern Africa can take to reach the new development goals

In the region, the Southern African Development Community will have a critical role to ensure the targets of the sustainable development goals are met over the next 15 years.
Michael Otieno, a pharmacist, dispenses anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs at a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. Among the new sustainable development goals is promoting mental health and well being and achieving universal health care. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

New development goals on health need more work to be realistic

The sustainable development goals will be ratified by the United Nations next week but there are a few lessons it should learn from the failed millennium development goals.
Generic medicine is essential to regions like the Southern African Development Community where HIV is endemic and cheap drugs are needed. shutterstock

Explainer: the problem drug patents pose for developing countries

The generic drug industry has become essential to developing countries that need access to cheaper drugs to treat their heavy burdens of communicable diseases.
To improve safe sex practices and condom use among young people in South Africa, the national Department of Health has rebranded its freely distributed condoms, which were considered clinical and uncool. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa is rebranding its condom campaign: will it work this time?

Rebranded and scented condoms are part of the South African Department of Health's plan to make condoms more attractive as a contraceptive for young people.

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