Young People in International Affairs

Featured Publications


Patents for Poverty

Kerry-Anne Searl, a writer for YPIA, discusses the contributions of intellectual property rights on third world poverty.   Today I became seriously disheartened due to an interesting new fact I read, approximately 18 million people lose their lives annually from preventable, curable diseases. To better place this into perspective this
Read More »

Who Cares About Succession in Zimbabwe?

Lennon Mhishi, a PhD candidate at SOAS, University of London,delivers a powerful and critical discussion on what is in store for Zimbabwe’s political landscape, or lack thereof. Many years later, as I stood staring at billboards and posters, and passed toy-toying crowds in emblazoned party shirts, and even as I
Read More »

Women as Weapons of War

Kerry Anne Searle provides a convicting discussion on the plight of rape during war and steps that need to be taken to address it.   On the 11 of June this year The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence took place. Although sexual violence during war is taking centre stage
Read More »
Photo courtesy of ENCA

When Democracy Breeds Anarchy

Meluleki Mthembu discusses the South African parliament and the political power plays that are raising concerns over the motives behind political actions in the face of South Africa’s constitutional cornerstones. South Africa is ranked as one of the most democratic countries in the African continent; its constitution is regarded as
Read More »

Young People in International Affairs (YPIA) is an entity at the forefront of identifying and creating opportunities for young enthusiasts throughout the African continent. YPIA promotes young African leadership and cooperation based on meeting the challenges of today’s international world.

Recent News

YPIA Newsletter 2013 Year End Recap

YPIA Newsletter 2013

YPIA was busy during 2013, with a mixture of events and training sessions. Below is a recap of some of the memorable moments throughout the year.

YPIA Monash holds elections

Morudi Phetla

  2014 began with us restructuring YPIA to make it more of a student driven initiative. The first step was establishing our very own constitution. Next, we had to run elections to step up our first YPIA Monash Branch Executive Committee [BEC], a process in which all YPIA members were encouraged to participate. 2014 elected
Read More »

Invitation: FMF and Dr Yuri Maltsev, 04 June 2014


INVITATION to Without secure property rights there can be no real economic growth A presentation by Dr Yuri Maltsev Soviet defector and former economics advisor to Russian President Gorbachev and recipient of the 1st FMF Luminary Award When: Wednesday, 4 June 2014 | 17h30 for 18h00 – 19h30 (refreshments will be available) Where: Prime Meridian House |
Read More »

Upcoming Events

YPIA Monash Events Semester 2, 2014

Raymond Ackerman talk

  YPIA has hosted and participated in a number of events so far in semester two of 2014. This includes: Debate social This initiative was organised in collaboration with the Monash University South Africa Debate Association [MUSADA] in an effort to raise awareness and encourage students to get involved in the up and coming debate
Read More »

YPIA Monash Semester 1 2014 events,


Dr Yuri Maltsev YPIA staff and members attended Dr Maltsev’s address at the Free Market Foundation. It was an exciting experience. He is a dynamic speaker with a vast array of experiences from his time on the economic team advising Gorbachev to later in the US when he defected. His talk highlighted the importance of
Read More »

YPIA visits Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg

Culture is one of the major characteristics that define who we are. Starting from a broad perspective of a nation to the smallest redefined perspective of an individual, they all seek what is called ‘identification’. To be more precise, in the South African perspective, a person’s identity is grounded to his or her culture. This
Read More »