South Africa

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Shaping the Future of Multilateralism - Does data protection safeguard against gender-based risks in Southern Africa?

Published: 1 July 2021
E-paper

The increasing data-driven nature of societies raises concerns about how to prevent data misuse and abuse that may harm individuals and communities, particularly marginalized groups. A feminist critique of the model law on data protection of the Southern African Development Community and the EU’s GDPR, however highlights the dangerous gaps that place women and gender-diverse people at risk.

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Shaping the Future of Multilateralism - Could South Africa, spurred by Covid-19, drive more equitable global trade norms?

Published: 16 June 2021
E-paper

Major multilateral institutions have long claimed that their market-oriented trade rules reduce poverty and advance development. Instead, they hold back the developing world from a more human-centric, social-justice approach that it needs to reach its potential. South Africa has the potential to set an example of how a global “middle power” can drive change. The Covid-19 pandemic has provided extra impetus – and a test.

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Global perspectives on Covid-19 vaccination - COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in South Africa

Published: 14 June 2021
E-paper

Health inequality increased sixfold in South Africa under COVID-19, suggesting that the crisis affected the health of the poor far more than the relatively well-off. Race is not a significant predictor of vaccine hesitancy, but trusting social media as an information source is positively correlated with vaccine hesitancy. South Africa has pushed hard against opposition to the proposal for a waiver of IP for COVID-19 technologies at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).