South Africa’s Regional Impact

Given South Africa’s dominant position in the region, it is important that the Foundation explores the impact made by South Africa throughout the region, with particular reference to civil society. Furthermore what happens beyond South Africa’s borders also impacts on the citizens of the Republic and needs to be explored.

The Foundation has to be cognisant of the relationship between regional policies and the promotion of business interests. Do South African businesses abroad act as drivers of regional growth? How does this affect the people on the ground? What impact has South African foreign direct investment had on regional civil societies? South Africa accommodates refugees from across the continent, why are they here and how are they being received? What has happened in their countries of origin to drive them to South Africa? What socio-economic impact do they have on South Africa?