Welcome to the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation


Chris Nshimbi at Channel Africa on the East African Commission, 11.11.2017

GovInn's Co-Director Chris Nshimbi got interviewed by Channel Africa on the East African Commission. 

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Fees Commission's report and the Presidency include Director Fioramonti's take on Fees Must Fall, 13.11.2017

The Presidency acknowledges the contributions of GovInn's Director Lorenzo Fioramonti in the Fees Commission's report through a press release this Monday 13th of November.

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Dickson Ajisafe

Dickson Ajisafe at the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association magazine

ESA-SSA and the University of Pretoria's very own Dickson Ajisafe has returned to South Africa after successfully completing a postgraduate research exchange year at the University of Konstanz in Germany.

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ATLAS 'Rural Africa in motion. Dynamics and drivers of migration South of the Sahara' by CIRAD, FAO & GovInn, 02.11.2017

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, FAO & CIRAD launched the first atlas on rural migration in sub-Saharan Africa in Rome, Italy. 

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Robin Bourgeois at the Lesotho 'Foresight and Scenario' workshop, 30.10-03.11.2017

From October 30 to November 3,  GovInn's Senior Researcher Robin Bourgeois was in Lesotho to co-facilitate a “Lesotho Foresight and Scenario” workshop.

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Launch of the Economic Report on Africa 2017, 02 November, 14:00

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) invite you to the launch of the Economic Report on Africa 2017

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Upcoming Events

  1. GovInn week 2017

    27 November - 30 November


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.

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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