Lorenzo Fioramonti Blog Network of Wellbeing

Stop GDP to Change the World, The Network of Wellbeing

Read GovInn Director Lorenzo Fioramonti's guest blog post on the Network of Wellbeing website. The post is part of the "Sharing the World" series, which focuses on the links between wellbeing, consumerism and the environment. In this post, Professor Fioramonti discusses the negative roll of Gross Do

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Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti at the meeting "Measurement of Wellbeing and Development in Africa"

Getting real about measuring up, The Mercury, 18 November 2015

Read about GovInn Director Lorenzo Fioramonti's participation in "Measuring Well-being and Development in Africa" discussion, as written by Colleen Dardagan for The Mercury. ICHIRA Tambo, who heads Japan’s International Co-operation Agency Research Institute, tells this story: “When I was a co

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Public conversation “The state of Ubuntu in South Africa: driver of change or buzzword?”

Please join GovInn in a day long workshop, where noted South African thought leaders will discuss the state of Ubuntu and it's place in the current South African social and political system. The aim of the workshop is to assess whether Ubuntu is merely a buzzword, or whether it is a a force of cha

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GovInn honored to be part of regional migration policy formulation

As part of the Migration for Work Research Consortium (MiWORC), GovInn is pleased to announce the final research report on social security and social protection of migrants in South Africa and SADC as well as its contribution to the formulation of regional policy on migration in Southern Africa. Re

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Postdoctoral fellows call 2016

Postdoctoral fellowship: Wellbeing and Social Transformation in Africa

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at the University of Pretoria is proud to announce a call for postdoctoral applications to focus broadly on issues of wellbeing and social transformation in Africa. For more information, read: .

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Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti at the meeting "Measurement of Wellbeing and Development in Africa"

Lorenzo Fioramonti at the 'Measurement of Wellbeing and Development in Africa' Meeting, 12 November 2015

GovInn's director, Lorenzo Fioramonti, gave the opening speech at the meeting 'Measurement of Wellbeing and Development in Africa' on 12 November 2015, in the presence of Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz and SA's Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel.  

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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:


Lorenzo Fioramonti speaking in Austria about political alternatives to a GDP-focused world

VIDEO: Beyond GDP and political alternatives

Watch GovInn Director Lorenzo Fioramonti speaking about political alternatives to a GDP-focused world at an event hosted by Impulszentrum Zukunftsfähiges Wirtschaften on 9 October 2015, in Graz, Austria.

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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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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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