Special Economic Zones Fieldwork 2019

Coega SEZ In National (Dti led) development discourse, the Coega SEZ continues to be widely feted in South Africa and internationally as the SEZ poster child for South African and African SEZs. Yet, the Dti having reported that total state capital and infrastructural investment in ratio to job creation showing the huge discrepancy of expenditure relation to permanent appointments. In … Read More

ACCEDE’s Catalytic Activist Research Support

ACCEDE’s focus on inclusive development is centered on ethnographic and action-research that explores the detail of community participation and provides information and linkage support to activist organisations, including facilitating workshop dialogue. This close collaboration with activist organisations and unions aims to understand the interface between local political economic dynamics, workers’ rights issues and how these link broader global development debates … Read More

South -South Sustainable Development

Sustainable development as a theme for integrating the South into the Global Political Economy is driven hard in policy rhetoric in both the G20 and BRICS. Sustainable development is used to refer both to the ability of the South sustain development (i.e. with less and less state economic support) in addition to ensuring the environmental and Just Transition dimensions of … Read More

Rethinking BRICS and China’s Role in the challenging global geopolitical context

The BRICS Policy Centre, Rio, together with Action Aid India and South Africa, recently spent two days deliberating on the theme: “Rethinking BRICS and China’s Role in the challenging global geopolitical context”. Lisa Thompson on behalf of ACCEDE, School of Government, UWC, presented on the topic of New Forms of Aid to Africa, a case of BRICS investment in Special … Read More

BRICS and Civil Society 2018: Social Justice versus the Diplomacy Game

The annual BRICS Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre attracted much hype and generally affirming media coverage. Part of the reason for relentless positivity towards the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) alliance is press coverage in the country’s leading newspaper chain arranged by Iqbal Survé.  As head of the Independent newspapers as well as the BRICS Business Council, his own picture appears regularly on … Read More

State of BRICS Youth Struggle: About Us, But Without Us

The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will meet in Johannesburg from 25-27 July for the 10th BRICS Summit. Prior to the Summit a number of other BRICS dialogues are taking place, including the Business Council, Academic Forum, Civil BRICS and BRICS Youth. BRICS Youth was set up in 2013 to put youth voices on the BRICS agenda and … Read More