Multi-level Governance and Food Security in the GCR

Multi-Stakeholder Workshop – 17 April 2019 – GCRO

In the first session of the meeting Prof Jaap de Visser from the Dullah Omar Institute will outline the divisions of power between different levels of government and identify points of leverage that subnational governments have to influence food security.

In the second session of the meeting we will be briefed on relevant policy innovations in Gauteng on poverty alleviation and economic development. We will then work in groups to discuss how this connects with multi-level governance, the food security mandate, and the role of other stakeholder groups (civil society, trade associations etc).

Gauteng City Region Observatory, 6th Floor University Corner, 11 Jorissen St (Cnr Jorissen and Jan Smuts), Braamfontein.

Wednesday 17 April 2019, 10:00-14:00 (followed by lunch)

Please RSVP to

Invitation: “Fringe Regionalism – When Peripheries Become Regions” 27 February 2019

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the Department of Political Sciences are delighted to invite you to a conversation on Fringe Regionalism – When Peripheries Become Regions. The conversation will be facilitated by the author and GovInn research fellow Dr Frank Matthies.  

Date: Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Time: 13:00 – 14:00

Venue: Old College House Room 1-09, University of Pretoria



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


“EU-Africa Migration Conundrum in a Changing Global Order”, 3-5 September 2018

At the beginning of September, from the 3rd to the 5th, the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation hosted a two day workshop and one day conference that focused on migration and human mobility with Africa and the European Union, and between the two regions. The event was hosted by GovInn Director, Dr Chris Nshimbi, and enjoyed input from a number of academics, practitioners and students, focused on the trends, impacts and future of migration in and between these regions.

Below are some pictures from the three days of engagement and dialogue.

SEMINAR : ‘South Sudan’s Revitalised Peace Agreement: Past, Present and Future Challenges to Peace’, 27 September 2018, 10:20-13:00.

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation and Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria and the Institute of African Renaissance Studies, UNISA invite you to a seminar entitled;



Five years since the outbreak of the current conflict, the ruling Sudanese People Liberation Movement- in Government (SPLM-IG), and the SPLM-in-Opposition (IO) have yet again entered into an agreement. This seminar aims to provide an understanding of why crucial peace negotiations and efforts have been failing in South Sudan. Through a review of prior events, the many peace negotiations and deep-seated issues, the seminar will map out the complex journey that this country has travelled.

Presented by:

Prof. Martin Rupiya (IARS-UNISA): Styles on Mediation and Foreign Policy convergence in South Sudan, Uganda and Sudan

Dr. Nelson Alusala (GovInn-UP): Peace Agreements Image removed by sender. page1image1815488Process of Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) and Security Sector Reform interventions in South Sudan

Ms. Emmaculate Asige Liaga (Dep of PolSci-UP): Characteristics of societal- traditional peace and conflict Bottom-Up peace and peacebuilding strategies to meet the dynamic context of South Sudan

Date: 27th September 2018

Time: 10:30-13:00

Venue: Old College House, University of Pretoria

RSVP v1bvjSFvlkucZdQ33 by 26 September

Kindly address any queries to Ms. Emmaculate Liaga or Mr. Alfred Matjila

Seminar Report: “Africa-EU Cooperation, Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s 2030 Agenda – An ESA-SSA Interactive Seminar”

Participants of the ESA-SSA Seminar

More than forty participants from different academic departments and professional backgrounds attended an interactive seminar held on 11 June 2018 at GovInn headquarters in Old College House, University of Pretoria, focusing on ”Africa-EU Cooperation, Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s 2030 Agenda”. The event was organized by the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA). The seminar aimed at analyzing Africa-EU relations of current dispensation to synthesize investment and policy action for the achievement of sustainable development goals on Africa’s ‘recipes’. The seminar considered strategic techniques on how to take advantage of the challenges and opportunities currently available to Africa to customize and prioritize its investments towards achieving the SDGs on the continent. Among other things, relevant youth empowerment and maximizing the strength in multidisciplinary research approaches to proffer solutions to various development problems in Africa with partnership support of the EU were emphasized as keys to achieving sustainable future on the continent. The significance of open lab design philosophy in the conduct and timely application of research solutions to developmental challenges in Africa was stressed.

Presenting at the seminar were Prof. Willem Fourie, UP Associate Professor and the Co-ordinator of the South African SDG Hub; Manuel Iglesias, First Counsellor and Team Leader at the Governance Cooperation and Social Sectors department of the EU Delegation to South Africa as well as two PhD scholars: Dola Adeboye from the Food Science Department, University of Pretoria and Felix Donkor from the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (UNISA), South Africa. The event was opened with a warm welcome by Dr Chris Nshimbi, the acting GovInn Director and coordinated by Dickson Ajisafe, the ESA-SSA Secretariat Coordinator.

Serving as Volunteers at the seminar were Francois Gilles de Pelichy, Bridget Meso, AneLisa Mbonambi, David Kabwa from Political Science Department and Anthonia Dickson from Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.

This report was compiled by Mr Dickson Ajisafe for ESA-SSA.

ESA-SSA Seminar: “An interactive seminar on SDGs and Africa-EU relations”, 11 June 2018, 12:00-14:00.



ESA-SSA Inter-active seminar invite

AFGROLAND workshop at GovInn on large agricultural investment and agro-food-energy changes, 15-18.01.2018

GovInn hosts a workshop consolidating the results of the AFGROLAND project on the 15th-18th January. The AFGROLAND project is funded by the BELMONT forum, the South African NRF, the French ANR and the Swiss FNSFN and looks at ‘African Food, Agriculture, Land and Natural Resource Dynamics, in the context of global agro-food-energy system changes’. Extensive field research on large agricultural investments was conducted in Mozambique, Kenya, and Madagascar.

More information about AFGROLAND can be found here:

The Governance Innovation Week 2017: Program

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation is proud to present its program for the 2017 Governance Innovation week.

What – This week will bring critical and cutting-edge scholars and practitioners together to debate and plan the future of governance and governance innovation in Africa and the world.
When – 27th November to 01 December 2017.
Where –  International Convention Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Click here for directions.
RSVP – These events are public and participation is free of charge. Since seats are limited, we ask you to RSVP as soon as possible and please do not leave your seat vacant out of respect for those who will not be able to attend.
NB: this list is non-exhaustive and will be updated continuously.


Monday, 27th November 2017

Start of the Wellbeing Economy Festival 27-29 November

More information about this festival can be found here (RSVP at full capacity).

Program of the Wellbeing Economy Festival.

Keynote speech

Tuesday, 28th November 2017

Keynote speech

Wednesday, 29th November 2017

Start of the Africa-Europe Dialogue Symposium on Innovation for Sustainable Development,
29th November – 01 December

featuring keynotes, panel discussions, SDGs world café, PhD & early career researchers academy, eco-innovation workshop.

More information here
Contact Fernando Diaz Lopez
RSVP by invitation only

Africa – EU Relations: Reflecting on Ten Years of Strategic Partnership Policy Dialogue
Time 09:00 – 17:00
RSVP Amy Giliam at

Policy Dialogue: The EU-Africa Strategic Partnership. Past, Present, Future.

Reflections on Building EU-Africa relations, from Cairo to Lisbon and Beyond

with John Shinkaiye (Ambassador, Nigeria, Former Chief of Staff to the AU Chairperson)

Ten Years of Strategic Partnership: Mission Accomplished?

with Wolfram Vetter (Ambassador, EU Delegation, Burundi)

Time 10:00 – 12:15

keynote speech

Thursday, 30th November 2017

(Transitional) Justice Policy Workshop
Time 08:30 – 17:00
Find the program here
RSVP Chenai Matshaka at

Keynote speech