Young People in International Affairs

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Seeking Justice: International Development Accountabilities

Faraaz Mahomed, a clinical psychologist and researcher at the South African Human Rights Commission, discusses the need for stronger accountability measures to be put into place into frameworks that are to propel future international developments. In 2000, 189 heads of government gathered at the UN General Assembly to adopt the
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Dangerous Incompetence: South Africa’s Defence

Dané Smith, discusses the current state of South Africa’s military and the repercussions that its underdeveloped defence has on South Africa’s position in world affairs. The recent disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has had the world in a state of perplexed frenzy. As I was following the updates
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Battling the Dry Weather

From a micro perspective on Malaysia, Jo Leen, raises concerns over the water scarcity that the Southeast Asia region has been facing recently. Jo Leen is a contributor to both YPIA and the Film section of The Global Panorama, an online news agency. If there is one thing that Malaysia
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hinese President Xi Jinping (1st L) and his wife Peng Liyuan (2nd R) are welcomed by Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete (2nd L) and his wife Salma Kikwete (1st R) upon their arrival in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, March 24, 2013. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Cheap Chinese imports in Africa: Implications and remedies

The negative effects of the trade relationship between China and Africa, particularly its balance of economic power in the former’s favour, have attracted a great deal of academic as well as media commentary. One of the allegations levelled against China is that it is using its economic dominance to dump
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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 VP Leon Marincowitz wins award for his great work

At Monash South Africa’s final staff assembly last year Leon Marincowitz was awarded the Community Engagement award 2013. Leon Marincowitz won the award for his involvement with YPIA and the work done throughout the year. Leon however recognises that the award would not have been possible without the larger YPIA projects team who get stuff
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YPIA members attend conference on ICTR

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High profile figures converged at the University of Johannesburg from the 31st of October to the 1st of November to debate and discuss the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) pending its anticipated closure next year. Among the highly esteemed delegates were the current president of the tribunal Honourable Judge Vagn Joensen
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YPIA participates at 3rd African Youth Union Summit


On the 17th and 18th October 2013, several YPIA representatives were invited to participate as honorary delegates at the annual African Youth Union (AYU) Summit held in Pretoria, South Africa. The Summit brought together a variety of delegates across the African continent, to discuss how the youth can be active participants in moving past Pan-African
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Upcoming Events

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
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YPIA Pretoria hosts Refugees Aid Organisation (RAO), 09 September 2013

YPIA (Pretoria Branch) was privileged to have Laverne Louw and Claudia Serra of Refugees Aid Organisation (RAO) speak to us on 09 September 2013 about the refugee situation in South Africa. YPIA will be working with RAO to assist an impoverished school located in Sunnyside, Pretoria that is made up of 80% foreigners. Claudia and Laverne
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Food Security in Africa- Problems and Possible Solutions, 09 September 2013

YPIA (Monash Branch) was proud to host Rose Nqambaza, NGO/Food security expert and founder of Youth Moving Up on Monday 09 September at 14:00 in Lecture Theatre 6. Rose did not originate from a rich family background; she had to fight her way through after saying no to the path of poverty. Her dad was
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