Prixars 2014 Honorary Mention

LAND MATRIX - Prixars 2014 Honorary Mention

The Land Matrix Initiative has received the Prixars 2014 Honorary mention, being honoured by the cyber community for its applied contribution. This honour was in regards to  how digital devices can be used for "real world issues". The initiative monitors competition over land use in the Global

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Tuks Young Research Leader Programme (TYRLP): Call for applicants 2015

The speed and quality of the development of research at UP, and beyond, not only depends on infrastructure and technical training, but is intimately linked to the quality of leadership to lead change. In this regard, it is widely accepted that the future of research development lies in enabling inte

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Lorenzo Fioramonti

Growth without wellbeing brings no lasting progress, Business Day 06.10.2015

by Lorenzo Fioramonti, GovInn director THE world economic outlook is pretty grim. Not only have we not come out of the 2008 crisis, but the deceleration of the Chinese "powerhouse" is now threatening to sink the global economy into a prolonged double-dip recession that may last for decades. The

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'Why policymaking in South Africa has become more adversarial', The Conversation, 10.09.2015

In an article for The Conversation, GovInn Senior Researcher Camilla Adelle discusses the problems that are emerging in South Africa's public policy making arena, and the responsibility of the South African government to implement inclusive policy-making instruments to ensure public acceptance an

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Fully-funded full-time collaborative post-graduate studentship in ‘Transdisciplinary Approaches to Wildlife Security’

Call for Applications: Fully-funded full-time collaborative post-graduate studentship in ‘Transdisciplinary Approaches to Wildlife Security’ Deadline: 31 October 2015 The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at

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Say goodbye to capitalism: Welcome to the Republic of Wellbeing, The Guardian 02.09.2015

GovInn Director Lorenzo Fioramonti and his colleagues in the Alliance for Sustainability and Prosperity have co-authored an article for The Guardian on their vision of a global governance transformation that will create governments committed to pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals of the po

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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.

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:


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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