Welcome to the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation


Invitation: 'Freedom and the Liberation Struggle in Southern Africa: Recognising Guyana's Contribution', 20 February 2019

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), in conjunction with the Faculty of Humanities, is delighted to invite you to a keynote address by His Excellency Professor Dr. Cyril Kenrick Hunte.

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'Border Practices at Beitbridge Border and Johannesburg Inner City: Implications for the SADC Regional Project', by Chris Nshimbi and Inocent Moyo.

GovInn's Director Chris Nshimbi published together with Inocent Moyo the article 'Border Practices at Beitbridge and Johannesburg Inner City: Implications for the SADC Regional Project' in the Journal of Asian and African Studies.

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Invitation: Democracy, Governance and the 2019 Elections in Nigeria: Which Candidate is the Answer?, 11 February 2019

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are delighted to invite you to seminar on the topic Democracy, Governance and the 2019 Elections in Nigeria: Which Candidate is the Answer?.

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IGU CAS hereby invites paper and session proposals for its second annual conference themed Africa in the global imaginary: Towards internationally competitive science and research, which will be held at the University of Zululand, South Africa, from 17 to 19 June 2019.

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EU-Africa Relations in a Changing Global Order (ERGO)

European Union - Africa Relations in a Changing Global Order (ERGO) is a research activity carried out as a Jean Monnet Project with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

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Mr Dickson Ajisafe (with microphone) speaking at the Open Access Week 2018.

Open Access: A doorway to opened knowledge.

The Department of Library Services, University of Pretoria, on Wednesday 24 October 2018, joined its counterparts across the world to celebrate the Open Access Week 2018

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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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