Institute for Global Dialogue
The Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) is an independent South African-based foreign policy think tank dedicated to the analysis of, and dialogue on the evolving international political and economic environment and the role of Africa and South Africa. It advances a balanced, relevant and policy-oriented analysis, debate and documentation of South Africa’s role in international relations and diplomacy. The Institute aspires to become a foreign policy think tank of choice through cutting-edge policy research and analysis, catalytic dialogue and stakeholder interface on global dynamics that have an impact on South Africa and Africa.
The IGD was founded at an opportune time during the evolution of the new South Africa in 1994 with the assistance of former president, Nelson Mandela, and the former German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl. It was initially established as a foundation to study social, economic and political dynamics in the global environment that would have an impact on South Africa and Africa. After a strategic review in the 1990s, the IGD became an Institute, and crystallized its research agenda around three broad programmatic focuses in order to strengthen its analytical and dialogue focus. These include South Africa’s foreign policy analysis, African dynamics, as well as multilateral governance analysis.
The IGD boasts a small, highly-competent team of researchers and project administrators. This team is complemented by a network of fellows and associates that work part-time for IGD as and when there are funded projects. IGD’s research staff teaches at universities and training colleges, and also frequently participates in media commentary on international developments and foreign policy.
Besides the proceeds from the investment account built over many years of scrupulous financial management, the bulk of the IGD’s revenue is from major consultancy work for the South African government and international organizations, as well as project funding from foundations and trusts. Recently, the IGD’s socio-political research, especially the analysis of actor dynamics in countries within Africa has attracted funding from some of the major SA corporations investing in emerging markets.
Organization Contact Information:
Institute for Global Dialogue
3rd Floor UNISA Building
263 Skinner Street
Tel: +2712 337 6082
Fax: +2786 212 9442
Representing IGD for Southern Voices
Fritz Nganje is a research assistant at the IGD. He holds an MA in Peace Studies and International Relations from the North-West University, South Africa. Before joining the IGD in January 2011, he served as a research analyst with Consultancy Africa Intelligence, and has also provided research support to local and provincial governments in South Africa. His specific research interests include African Peace and Security, African Diplomacy, South African Foreign Policy, as well as the diplomacy of non-central governments. He is currently doing a doctorate on the foreign relations of selected South Africa provinces.
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