XV BRICS Academic Forum: Fostering Cooperation and Advancing Research

The 2023 BRICS Academic Forum brought together leading scholars, researchers, and policymakers from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa to discuss pressing global challenges and opportunities for collaboration. In his opening address, on the 14th May 2023, South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, highlighted, “The 15th BRICS Academic Forum provides us with another opportunity to strengthen our relations and reaffirm our values in an eve...
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BRICS and trade-unlocking opportunities through the African Continental Free Trade Area

The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) have displayed a growing interest in Africa in recent years. This interest is driven by the continent’s potential for economic growth and investment prospects. As a result, the BRICS (collectively or individually) have established various forms of partnerships with African countries, aimed at stimulating economic development, trade, and investment in Africa (Prabhakar, Azam, Bakhtyar, & Ibrahim, 2015). Read more
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On the criticality of lower BRICS import tariffs for members of the AfCFTA: Policy reflection on the results of the 2023 BRICS Academic Forum

In mid-May 2023 South Africa hosted the BRICS Academic Forum in Cape Town, where discussions focused on the most pressing issues on the BRICS agenda such as the modalities of BRICS-Africa cooperation, including through the advancement of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Perhaps the key message that came from the Forum was the call for collective action and cooperation not only among the BRICS economies but also with the wider BRICS+ space of the Global South. In particular, reg...
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Deepening China-South Africa Economic and Trade Cooperation

The year 2023 marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and South Africa. Over the past quarter century, the bilateral relationship has withstood the test of time and international vicissitudes. Under the cooperation of both governments, China and South Africa have achieved a “triple jump” from a partnership to a strategic partnership, and then to a comprehensive strategic partnership. This progression has continually moved towards higher quality, bro...
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CALL FOR PAN-AFRICAN PATHWAYS MOBILITY GRANT

The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), invites researchers and academics to submit their proposals for the Pan-African Pathways Mobility Grant. The Pan-African Pathways Mobility Programme aims to promote exchange of ideas between South African academics and researchers and their counterparts across Africa, through research and teaching. This programme will assist researchers and academics to expand their cross-border networks between South Africa and countries acr...
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CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL, BRICS & GLOBAL SOUTH MOBILITY GRANT

The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), invites researchers and academics to submit their proposals for the International, BRICS & Global South Mobility Grant. The BRICS & Global South Mobility Programme aims to promote exchange of ideas between South African academics and researchers and their counterparts outside South Africa, through research and teaching. This programme will assist researchers and academics to expand their cross-border networks between ...
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Discussion and Debate Generate Actionable Ideas

Key to acting as a dynamic broker in knowledge production and policy action are the opportunities offered to scholars to meet and discuss ideas, present findings, network and form collaborations. In the 2021/22 financial year, Cluster Project leaders were expected to host at least nine workshops, seminars and conferences and succeeded in hosting 12. Whether held in person or virtually, these academic events were well attended, bringing together experts from most – and sometimes all – the BRIC...
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Disaggregating BRICS SOEs: Governance and Developmental Growth

Project leader: Prof Modimowabarwa Kanyane, University of Venda Across the world, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are important economic drivers in several significant economies, contributing to gross domestic product and delivering many social goods and services to ensure a better quality of life for all. That said, many SOEs experience governance failures, hampering their ability to fulfil their developmental mandates. In April and July 2021, Prof Modimowabarwa Kanyane and the team condu...
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Generating Economic Development from Renewable Energy: A City-Level Comparison of China and South Africa

Project leader: Mr Krish Chetty, Human Sciences Research Council This project was a city-level comparison of China and South Africa, building on its previous contributions that have studied the impact cities are making in addressing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change commitments needed to respond to climate change. The project provides an in-depth analysis of urban policies and local government action in four case study cities in South Africa and China: Cape Town,...
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BRICS Cluster II Projects Produce Policy Relevant Research

Research done under the banner of BRICS Cluster Projects has very clear and precise aims: to produce policy-relevant research in the BRICS domain. This means such research should, ultimately, inform the policy recommendations that emanate from the BRICS Think Tank Council and should focus on the Council’s long-term research strategy. This strategy comprises five pillars, which are cooperation for growth and development; political and economic governance; social justice, sustainable developme...
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