Welcome to the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation

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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Invitation : Launch of the ARUA Centre of Excellence in Food Security 12 December 2018

Prof Stephanie Burton cordially invites you to the launch of the ARUA Centre of Excellence in Food Security to be held at the University of Pretoria. The event will include a high level panel discussion with leading international experts, focussing on the future of food security in Africa.

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Koen Dekeyser at the International Data Week Conference in Gaborone.

GovInn’s researcher Koen Dekeyser presented ‘Household survey on food systems change in Kenya and Mozambique’ at the International Data Week conference in Gaborone, 05-08 November 2018.

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YEBO! Project

The University of Pretoria and CIRAD, thanks to their long term collaboration with CEEPA and GovInn, are partners of the Yebo! project on internationalization of doctoral studies in South Africa.

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'Development brokers and gatekeepers: two critical figures of public policies tackling rural poverty in South Africa', by Magalie Bourblanc in Cahiers Agricultures.

GovInn Senior Researcher Magalie Bourblanc published the article 'Development brokers and gatekeepers: two critical figures of public policies tackling rural poverty in South Africa' in Cahiers Agriculture.

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Seminar: One Basin, One Governance?, 6 November 2018, 15:00-17:00.

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and IFAS are delighted to invite you to a seminar on 'One basin, One governance?. "Grey governance", structural inequalities and institutionalisation of cooperation in transboundary rivers in Southern Africa'.

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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:



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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