Entries by GovInn

‘Everyone should be a Madonsela’, 02.10.2016

In his latest op-ed for Business Day, GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti reflects on the legacy of former Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela and considers what it means to practice good governance. Are strong institutions, governments or individuals responsible for this and how does the future of South Africa, our institutional governance and  our future leaders […]

‘When politics and academia collide, quality suffers. Just ask Nigeria’. The Conversation, 25.10.16

  In his latest op-ed for The Conversation GovInn deputy director Dr Chris Nshimbi considers the ramifications of politicising academia amid the ongoing student protests across South African Universities. The article explores Nigeria’s experiences with similar problems and the resultant decline in universities administrative, academic and financial autonomy while contributing to the departure of many […]

Inaugural Thuli Madonsela Good Governance Public Lecture

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the University of Pretoria are proud to announce the inaugural Thuli Madonsela Good Governance Public Lecture with former Public Protector Adv Thuli Madonsela. An esteemed official who has given her all to the nation deserves appreciation by a grateful public. Given Adv Madonsela’s contribution to […]


We are proud to announce that ESA-SSA Executive Committee member and GovInn Associate Fellow, Dickson Ajisafe, has begun exchange studies at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Mr Ajisafe is the first non-South African student to participate in this ERASMUS + mobility programme from the University of Pretoria and in fact the first student from West […]

“Africa remains a target as Global South ‘land rush’ moves to production” The Conversation, 11.10.2016

This article was originally published on The Conversation Authors: Kerstin Nolte, Research fellow at the Institute of African Affairs, German Institute of Global and Area Studies; Wytske Chamberlain, PhD Candidate in the Postgraduate School for Agriculture and Rural Development, University of Pretoria A man stands by seedlings at the Sierra Leone plantation of Lichtenstein-based firm, Socfin. ReutersIn 2007, a […]

EVENT “International Land Deals for Agriculture: Fresh insight from the Land Matrix” 11 October 2016 10.00

Date: Tuesday, 11 October 2016 Time: 10:00 – 11:00 with light refreshments served after Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield) RSVP essential: https://goo.gl/forms/bOuQV5AgYjcWI8XO2 by 10 October 2016. Queries: info@governanceinnovation.org Around the world, 26.7 million hectares of agricultural land have been transferred into the hands of foreign investors since the […]

“The Future of Democracy in Europe and Africa”

    The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) invites you to the Rethinking Development  seminar on the topic “The Future of Democracy in Europe and Africa” Presented by Professor Leonardo Morlino. Leonardo Morlino is Professor of Political Science and Deputy Vice Chancellor at LUISS University, Italy. He’s one of the world’s leading […]

Atlas – A New Emerging Rural World in Africa (2nd edition)

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD) are proud to announce the results of their scholarly collaboration with NEPAD on a new, revised and supplemented edition of the atlas A New Emerging Rural World – An Overview of Rural Change in Africa. The atlas was […]