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What is free trade and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement?

What is free trade and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement? Trade Policy Brief | Alternative Information & Development Centre | Jonathan Cannard, 2021 Trade agreements since the 1990s have locked states into the paradigm of “free trade,” which relies


AIDC is hiring!

Climate Change and Energy Advocacy Officer  Deputy Director Economic and Budget justice Advocacy Officer Media and Communications Officer About us AIDC was formed in 1996 in response to the democratic transition in South Africa and the new opportunities and challenges


Amandla #79 editorial | End austerity & privatisation: Build a healthy, productive, accountable public service sector

SO, WE FACE A FOURTH WAVE OF Covid-19 infections driven by the new variant now known as Omicron. Although prediction is dangerous when it comes to Covid-19, much like the third wave we can expect many thousands more lives destroyed.


Press Statement: Government must urgently deal with the unemployment emergency!

The Assembly of the Unemployed (AoU) and the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) call for government interventions that are urgently needed to address the ever-deepening crisis of unemployment that the country faces.  12.48 million people are now unemployed according


Webinar: Perils and Pitfalls of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement

As the devastating impacts of the global climate crisis become ever more clear, greater state intervention in the economy have become increasingly urgent. In the face of extreme weather events that continue to increase in frequency and intensity, rising sea


Press release: South African Reserve Bank and Government set to put the breaks on the SA economy!

The Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has announced a 0.25 percentage point increase to the repo rate. The reason given was to mitigate the risk of rising inflation. This is callous and completely fails to comprehend the


Celebrating 25 Years of AIDC

To mark the 25th anniversary of AIDC, our Board Chair, Noor Nieftagodien, and Brian Ashley, our founding Director, look back at 25 years of building a left politics in South Africa. Over 40 comrades gave tributes to comrade Brian Ashley


Screening: Time of the Pandemics

DATE: Thursday 11 November 2021 TIME: 7pm VENUE: International Climate Conference WATCH THE TRAILER When a potentially devastating new virus emerges in early 2020, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Rehad Desai is already following a vaccine clinical trial that could finally


The priority should be affordable services, not income for local government

By Tracy Ledger THE NEW POST-1994 STATE envisaged a central role for local government to deliver the promised “better life for all”. The blueprint for this new form of local government was laid out in the 1998 White Paper on


Climate Conference 2021

The apocalypse is now. Heat waves, floods, droughts and wildfires are devastating communities around the world, and they will only grow more severe. The perfect storm of Covid-19 and climate change, and the resulting economic and social damage, will likely


LOCAL GOVERNMENT INTERVIEWS

Amandla! interviewed representatives of three popular organisations which have decided to stand candidates in the local government elections. They were: PETER LOBESE Active United Front ACTIVE UNITED FRONT derived its origin from United Front. It is a result of the


Cry of the Xcluded MANIFESTO!

WE ARE INDEPENDENT movements and individuals who have come together to campaign in this local government election under a common banner – the Cry of the Xcluded. We did not come from nowhere, even if elections are new to many


Conference | Closing Pandora’s Box: Combating Profit Shifting & Wage Evasion for a just recovery

The COVID pandemic has served to deepen inequality across the continent, pushing many countries into debt, and demonstrating the need for massive public spending. At the same time, the Pandora Papers have exposed how many of the wealthiest corporations have


Amandla #78 editorial | RECLAIM the local state

AFTER THE 2021 LOCAL government elections on 1st November, the overall architecture of the neoliberal local government system will remain largely unchallenged. A major factor enabling this is the strategic and programmatic weaknesses of progressive mass working class organisations, and


Launching Amandla #78

We are in the middle of what some call the ‘silly season’, while the poor are plunging deeper into the abyss of poverty due to the high unemployment rate and severe joblessness aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic, politicians are out


The Global South Needs a Just Alternative to the OECD Deal: Lessons from South Africa

The Global South Needs a Just Alternative to the OECD Deal: Lessons from South Africa By Jaco Oelofsen (Alternative Information & Development Centre) | Originally published by the Global Alliance For Tax Justice | 4 October 2021 The Global South


Solidarity with the APMDD’s Day of Action for Tax Justice

Solidarity with the APMDD’s Day of Action for Tax Justice AIDC Statement in solidarity with the APMDD’s Day of Action for Tax Justice | 23 September 2021 The past two years have fully exposed the disparities and injustice built into


Global South Perspectives on IFFs, BEPS, and International Tax Reform

Global South Perspectives on IFFs, BEPS, and International Tax Reform 22 September 2021 | 11:00am GMT Hosted by the: Alternative Information & Development Centre (AIDC), Churches and Mining Network (CaM), and Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD) Register:


Time for unions to take the austerity bull by the horns

Public sector ‘retrenchments’: It’s time for unions to take the austerity bull by the horns New Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has promised a change in style from his predecessor, Tito Mboweni. But when he assures the public that there will be


Amazon’s River Club venture is not about job creation

Jeff Bezos is neither an altruist nor a socialist, and Amazon’s River Club venture is not about job creation It should come as no surprise that those who would turn the River Club into Amazon’s African headquarters do so with jobs


Gendered Impact of Covid 19 in South Africa

Gendered Impact of Covid 19 in South Africa Webinar on the Gendered Impact of Covid-19 | September 2021 On the 5th of March 2020, South Africa reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 and has since experienced 3 waves. The


Austerity budgeting (not yet) on trial at Constitutional Court

Austerity budgeting (not yet) on trial at Constitutional Court South Africans wait in a long line for social grants. The provision of social grants to fellow South Africans living on the margin could be imperilled by the decision to order the


Unemployment Stats Show Failure of Austerity Policies, Time for a BIG

Unemployment Stats Show Failure of Austerity Policies, Time for a BIG Assembly of the Unemployed and the Alternative Information and Development Centre | Statement on the latest QLFS | 25 August, 2021 The Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) and


Law and austerity: Constitutional Court hears unions’ appeal on public sector wage agreement

Law and austerity: Constitutional Court hears unions’ appeal on public sector wage agreement Dick Forslund | DailyMaverick | 24 August, 2021 The Alternative Information and Development Centre fears that if the Labour Appeal Court judgment is left as it is,