Lorenzo Fioramonti Business Day Column

Charity must begin at home for graft-riddled Department of Home Affairs, Business Day 28.08.2015

GovInn Director Lorenzo Fioramonti discusses the shortcomings of the South African Department of Home Affairs, looking at the negative effects of recent travel restrictions for foreign migrants and those travelling with minors.   THE Department of Home Affairs has never been particularly effic

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New regionalism in the South – Mercosur and SADC in a comparative and interregional perspective

(Leipzig Universitätsverlag, 2015) Author: Frank Mattheis In the first half of the 20th century, the Uruguayan artist and intellectual Joaquín Torres García drew an abstract map of South America that had the South pointed upwards, challenging the dominance of European culture in Latin America

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Study Fellowship

Study Fellowship: The role of Iran in regional and global governance

As  a major country in the intersection between the Middle East and the Far East, Iran holds a huge potential to contribute to a renewed system of regional and global governance. As its relations with the rest of the world normalise, Iran may be a source of innovation, new forms of cooperation as w

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Prof. Roberto D'Alimonte

Professor Roberto D'Alimonte visit to GovInn

The first two weeks of June saw GovInn hosting Prof. Roberto D'Alimonte from Luiss University in Rome. During his time at GovInn, Prof. D'Alimonte presented three seminars: "What is wrong with the Euro?" on 4 August 2015 at the Old College House. "Macho Politics: Power, conflict and scandal in t

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Africa should avoid copying Europe’s failing experiment Business Day 30.07.2015

GovInn Director Lorenzo Fioramonti discusses the EU crisis from an African point of view: is the EU really the right model of regional integration? "THE European Union (EU) is generally presented as the most advanced case of regional integration in the world. It has progressed from a system of sect

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Jules and Raphael with the seminar guests.

The Circular Economy... In Africa by Jules Coignard and Raphael Masvigner

On the sixth leg of their round the world tour, Jules Coignard and Raphael Masvigner shared their findings so far on circular economic models or "closed loop" systems. Their vision is to educate people on the transitions that take place from the linear to the circular model, and the relevance that t

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How can governance evolve and innovate?

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

Man pushing planet

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

It focuses not only on cutting-edge research, but it is also an ‘innovation laboratory’ capable of generating new thinking about governance and development as well as attract innovators from all over the world.
In short, GovInn is an intellectual ‘inn’ for innovation in the 21st century.

At GovInn we focus on:


Participants pose for a group photo outside the GovInn HQ at the Old College House

Disability statistics for inclusive development in SADC member countries

On July 21-22 2015, GovInn and the UNESCO-UNU Chair on Regional Integration, Migration and Free Movement of People, in partnership with the African Disability Alliance (ADA), hosted a workshop for practitioners from statistical offices, departments of social development and non-governmental organiz

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Epidemiologists Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson with GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti

VIDEO: Why greater equality makes societies stronger - Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett keynote address at Governance Innovation Week 2015, University of Pretoria entitled "Why greater equality makes societies stronger". The address was filmed on 3 June 2015.

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Raj Patel answering questions

VIDEO: Poverty With Added Vitamins? Competing Ways to Govern the World Food System, Raj Patel

Raj Patel keynote address at Governance Innovation Week 2015, University of Pretoria entitled "Poverty with added vitamins? Competing ways to govern the world food system". The address was filmed on 2 June 2015.

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VIDEO: Within or beyond capitalism?

Michel Bauwens keynote address at Governance Innovation Week 2015, University of Pretoria entitled "Within or beyond capitalism? Four scenarios for the emerging collaborative economy". The address was filmed on 4 June 2015.

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GALLERY: Poverty with added vitamins with Raj Patel

‘Poverty With Added Vitamins? Competing Ways to Govern the World Food System’ Raj Patel, New York Times bestselling author of "Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System" and "The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy"  

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VIDEO: The financialisation of food and agriculture

GovInn Co-Director Ward Anseeuw, speaking at the BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies Symposium describes the increasing financialisation of food and agriculture, and the impact this has on land and food availability.  

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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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