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Book discussion: The New Politics of Regionalism and Post Western World

On Friday, 3 February the Center for the Study of Governance Innovation hosted roundtable discussion to promote two recently released books, one GovInn's Dr Frank Mattheis and the other by visiting scholar Dr Oliver Stuenkel, Associate Professor of International Relations at the Getulio Vargas Found

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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) lecture on the Japanise approach to development in Africa

On 3 February the Center for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) hosted a lecture by the director of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr Naohiro Kitano on Japan's approach to development in Africa

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Colloquium on ‘Resilience for Development’

The Southern African Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (SAPECS) in collaboration with the GRAID initiative is holding a colloquium on 8-10 May 2017 in Johannesburg on methods and practices for realizing “Resilience for development.”

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Public Lecture: Donald Trump: Aggravator or Catalyzer of the EU crises?

The Center for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and Department of Political Sciences invite you to our public lecture, “Donald Trump: Aggravator or Catalyzer of the EU crises?” with guest speaker Professor Wolfgang Seibel from the University of Konstanz (Germany).

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Curb your enthusiasm: there are limits to the ‘Gambia-effect’ for the rest of Africa. The Conversation 30.01.2017

In his latest op-ed for The Conversation GovInn Senior research fellow Dr Frank Mattheis warns against over optimism following the relinquishing of power by former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. The article explores the many interrelated forces which contributed to prevalence of the democratically

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Workshop on Broadening the debate on EU-Africa relations – perspectives from Africa July 19-20, 2017

The European Studies Association of Sub Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA) is organising a workshop on “Broadening the debate on EU-Africa relations – perspectives from Africa”, scheduled to take place from 19-20 July, 2017, at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn).

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How can governance evolve and innovate?

Can current crises become opportunities to re-think our social, political and economic governance?

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The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) is the first research institution in Africa dedicated entirely to governance innovation.

GovInn is  an ‘innovation laboratory’ capable of generating new thinking about governance and development. It focuses on cutting-edge research, attracting innovators from all over the world. In short, GovInn is an intellectual ‘inn’ for innovation in the 21st century.

At GovInn we focus on:



What is governance innovation?
The term 'governance' indicates the complexity of decision-making processes in contemporary political and economic affairs. As opposed to the more traditional 'government', the idea of governance presupposes a fragmentation and diffusion of authority. Due to economic, social and cultural dynamics, no government nowadays can simply govern 'alone'. It is bound to share 'bits and pieces' of authority with other entities, from non-governmental organizations to regional institutions and private corporations. READ MORE

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