SA Government Foreign Policy Monitor
|Key Work||Objectives||Key activities||Lead responsible||Timeline|
|Key thematic work area||1. SA Government Foreign Policy Monitor|
|a) Analyse and critique the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) White Paper on International Co-operation from a civil society perspective. b) To develop a mechanism to contribute, monitor and evaluate official participation in multi-lateral, bilateral and inter-governmental forums.||• To ensure that government foreign policy reflects the views of civil society • To ensure that there is meaningful engagement with all role players • To engage with DIRCO and other key state departments with the aim of ensuring participation and dialogue from civil society.||- draft a paper on SAFIS’ understanding of the White Paper: policy position and critical discussion paper. – write an open letter on foreign policy issues and SAFIS understanding. – meet with DIRCO to present SAFIS and what we stand for, to ensure sustained dialogue. – Opinion pieces and editorials in the media on foreign and local policy issues. – media monitoring on policy issues, critiques and leading issues for solidarity in South||SAFIS Foreign Policy Working Group to lead on this||- Policy paper on foreign policy in April/ May 2013 – set up meeting with DIRCO in April and then plan strategic meetings throughout the year, or as the need arises. – OP EDs to be written throughout the year: aim for one a month – Media monitoring on-going throughout the year. – Host National conference in collaboration with other civil society groups “South|
Africa and elsewhere
- monitor key institutions and events throughout the year, impacting on foreign/ local policy issues; monitor, critique and influence (UN Security Council, AU Peace and Security Council, UN Human Rights Council and others).
- react through statements and other public communications on a needs/ immediacy basis, on key policy issues related to SAFIS mandate.
- demonstrate flexibility and be reactive; have selection of priority areas and focus for the year, but allow for this to react to unexpected events/ changes.
|Africa 18 years of International relations: A just Foreign Policy is possible”|