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

Land Matrix
Around the world, 26.7 million hectares of agricultural land have been transferred into the hands of foreign investors since the year 2000. This means that these investors possess approximately 2 per cent of the arable land worldwide, or roughly the equivalent to the total area covered by United Kingdom and Slovenia together. This finding comes from a new report entitled Land Matrix Analytical Report II: International Land Deals for Agriculture, to be released on 11 October worldwide. The report provides detailed information on who is buying up farmland in which regions of the world and how this land is being used. It also highlights the economic, social, and political impacts of land grabs.

“This report is very relevant considering the recent decision by the International Criminal Court to hold company executives, politicians and other individuals criminally responsible for environmental destruction and land grabbing,” said Wytske Chamberlain, University of Pretoria researcher who will present the report along with Land Matrix coordinator Saliou Niassy.

From 11 October 2016 the report is downloadable from www.landmatrix.org

About the Land Matrix

The Land Matrix is a global and independent initiative that collects data on land acquisitions in low- and middle-income countries. Its goal is to promote transparency and accountability in decisions over land and investment. It is coordinated by a network of international research institutions and organisations.

Land Matrix Invitation 11.11.2016

Land Matrix Project Support Unit:
Saliou Niassy, Coordinator, Email: saliou.niassy@up.ac.za;
Gaia Manco, Communication officer, Email: media@landmatrix.org

“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 experts of democracy and democratization and was President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) (2009‐12). He is the author of more than 30 books and more than 200 journal essays and book chapters published in English, French, German, Spanish, Hungarian, Chinese, Mongolian, and Japanese. His most recent books include Changes for Democracy (Oxford UP, 2011). He was also one of the three editors of the International Encyclopedia of Political Science (8 voll., Sage Publications, 2011), which won the Honorable Mention of Darthmouth Medal for reference publishing in all domains of knowledge. Morlino is directing a new research project on the impact of the global economic crisis on democracy.

Date: Monday, 24 October 2016
Time: 17:30‐19:30
Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield). Building no. 24 on the attached map.
RSVP essential: contact Neil Kasselman (neil.kasselman@governanceinnovation.org) by 20 October 2016.




Sifting through the hype: The 2016 local elections — analysis and implications



The Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria will be hosting a panel discussion, “Sifting through the hype: The 2016 local elections — analysis and implications” on Tuesday 13 September 2016 in the Department seminar room (21-16). Speakers include Mr Ebrahim Fakir of the Electoral Institute of South Africa and Ms Sithembile Mbete of UP Department of Political Sciences. They will be joined by the departments Ms Nompumelelo Runji. The seminar begins at 11:30 and for RSVP’s please contact wilma.martin@up.ac.za.

Public seminar: ‘Multilateralism and South African Foreign Policy’, Ambassador Mxolisi Sizo Nkosi, 26 August, 12:00

The Department of Political Sciences and the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) invite you to a public seminar on the topic Multilateralism and South African Foreign Policy presented by Ambassador Mxolisi Sizo Nkosi (Chief Operations Officer, DIRCO; former Ambassador to the European Union).


South African foreign policy faces the challenge and opportunity of a rapidly changing African context. The continent is enjoying enhanced international prominence in the 21st century, leading to new multilateral and bilateral relationships with the Global South in particular. This has posed questions about the continued relevance of the Global North on the continent. South Africa stands uniquely poised as a liaison between North and South, with the ability to make a prominent contribution not only to Africa’s place in the world, but to Africa’s ability to help reimagine that world.

Best placed to reflect on these challenges and opportunities is Ambassador Mxolisi Sizo Nkosi.  Ambassador Nkosi, currently the Chief Operations Officer at DIRCO, is an expert in international relations and diplomacy. He returned earlier this year from a four year tenure as South Africa’s Ambassador Extraordinaire to the European Union and Belgium. Prior to that, he held the position of Deputy Director-General responsible for Africa Bilateral relations. He has also served as Chief Director at DIRCO, firstly for North Africa, and later for West and Central Africa. Ambassador Nkosi has travelled extensively in Africa and Europe, and accompanied high-level delegations of former President Thabo Mbeki, President Jacob Zuma, former Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.


Date:                      Friday 26th August 2016

Venue:                   Merensky Auditorium, Merensky Library, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria

Time:                      12h00 to 13h30 followed by light snacks

RSVP:                      https://goo.gl/forms/Gv1zwTGPfA47CKOV2


Invitation – “Brexit seminar: Implications for South Africa and the continent”

John Kotsopoulos

John Kotsopoulos

GovInn senior researcher, Dr John Kotsopoulos, is speaking at an event hosted by the Department of Library Services on the implications of the United Kingdom exit from the European Union on South Africa. He will speaking alongside Prof Christi van der Westhuizen and Prof Nicola Viegi of the University of Pretoria.

More information can be found on the library’s website here.


Date: Thursday, 4 August 2016

Time: 09:00–11:30

Venue: Auditorium, Level 3, Merensky 2 Library, Hatfield Campus

Seminar: “Armed Conflict into the 21st Century: Trends, Causes, Consequences”, 28 July 2016, 10:30-11:30

On 28 July 2016, the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, in conjunction with GIGA German Institute for Global and Area Studies, will host a seminar by Professor Timothy Sisk from the University of Denver. The seminar is titled “Armed Conflict into 21st Century: Trends, Causes, Consequences.” The seminar is part of a two day workshop focused on the Legacy of Armed Conflict; Sub-Saharan and Comparative Perspectives.

For more information about the event or the workshop, please the formal invitation below.


Date: Thursday, 28 July 2016

Time: 10:30 – 11:30

Venue: Merensky Auditorium,Merensky Library, Hatfield Campus,University of Pretoria

RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/sUwqlRCXTWxL6gbh1 by 26 July 2016

Queries: info@governanceinnovation.org



Seminar: “The Rise and Fall (Decline) of Peacebuilding in Africa”, 29 July 2016, 11:30-12:30

On 29 July, the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, in conjunction with GIGA German Institute for Global and Area Studies.  will be hosting Professor Gilbert Khadiagala from the University of Witwatersrand. Professor Khadiagala will be giving seminar entitled “The Rise and Fall (Decline) of Peacebuiling in Africa” as part of the two day Legacy of Armed Conflicts workshop.

Full details of event and a description of the workshop are provided in the invitation below.

Date: Friday, 29 July 2016

Time: 11:30 – 12:30

Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria

RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/JiVsIGQnl0VeMmpe2 by 26 July 2016

Queries: info@governanceinnovation.org


“Regionalism and Integration in Africa: Euro-Nigeria Relations and the Economic Partnership Agreements”, 24 June 2016

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The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) in association with the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) invite you to the book launch of

“Regionalism and Integration in Africa: Euro-Nigeria Relations and the Economic Partnership Agreements”

by Dr. Samuel O. Oloruntoba
with discussant Professor Vusi Gumede

Date: Friday, 24 June 2016
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield)
RSVP essential: http://goo.gl/forms/TNYrGX7r5g by 22 June 2016.
Queries: info@governanceinnovation.org

We are delighted that Professor Vusi Gumede, Head of TMALI, will act as discussant. Dr. Oloruntoba’s book explores the resurgence of regionalism in response to a faltering multilateral trading system, with focus on the governance of trade between the Global North and Global South in the context of the EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements. Oloruntoba looks specifically at the case of EU-Nigeria relations, examining the potential implications of the EPA agreements on Nigeria’s economy. He emphasises the importance of regional integration and regional trading agreements as necessary conditions for facilitating Nigerian economic development both at the national, regional and continental levels. Oloruntoba’s book also explores the history of EU- Africa relations as well as the dynamics of power that underpinned the EU-ACP EPA negotiations. The author underlines the imperativeness of credible institutions, building state capacity, diversification of the economy as well as trading partners as necessary conditions for fostering socio-economic development in Nigeria and Africa in general.

More information on the book can be found on the Palgrave website.

Launch of the “Economic Report on Africa (ERA) 2016” by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), 24 June 2016

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The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the Postgraduate School of Agriculture and Rural Development invite you to the Launch of the 

“Economic Report on Africa (ERA) 2016” 

by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Date: Friday, 24 June 2016
Time: 12:00 – 14:00
Venue: Room L1-70 Graduate Centre, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield)
RSVP essential: http://goo.gl/forms/jhMyy6gkH5hzyMRD2 by 22 June 2016
Queries: thinah.moyo@up.ac.za

African economies face risks that require special attention from policy-makers, including turbulence in the global economy. Africa’s vulnerability calls for a rethink of its broader development strategy. Despite robust economic growth in Africa (often higher than elsewhere in the world over the last decade), it has rarely been inclusive, the number of Africans in absolute poverty has risen and inequality remains a major issue. And because Africa’s growth has been largely tied to exploiting non-renewable natural resources—with minimal value added and employment generation—sustainable growth has been undermined.

These three strands—macroeconomic vulnerability, social inequality and natural resource dominance—weave into the argument that industrialization is critical for Africa’s structural transformation and efforts to create jobs, raise value added and increase incomes. Current developing-country models of economic growth, as exemplified by China and India, rarely account for the social and environmental externalities that exacerbate poverty in developing countries, Africa included. Given the commodity domination of its exports, its drive for industrialization and structural transformation, and its greater energy needs, Africa’s imperative is to adopt
green growth.

The report examines how greening the industrialization process can serve as an instrument of accelerated industrialization and structural transformation in Africa. A green economy is considered to improve human well-being and social equity, while sharply curtailing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. It integrates economic, social and environmental policies and focuses on new opportunities for economic growth that reduce pressure on the quality and quantity of natural capital systems. A green growth pathway will put Africa’s development on a more robust and sustainable foundation, since it not only accommodates growth of the economy but also prioritizes the need for restoring or increasing environmental and social assets.

EU-ACP Rethinking Development Seminar ‘EU Agricultural Reforms, Trade Policy Initiatives and African Agro-Food Sector Development’, 20 June 2016

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The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and
Postgraduate School of Agriculture and Rural Development invite you to a seminar on

“EU Agricultural Reforms, Trade Policy Initiatives
and African Agro-Food Sector Development”

By Dr Paul Goodison
(an expert on EU-ACP trade and development relations)

Date: Monday, 20 June 2016
Time: 12:00 – 14:00
Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus
RSVP essential: http://goo.gl/forms/x6UuK4UKSkCHvxM13 by 16 June 2016
Queries: thinah.moyo@up.ac.za

The seminar will focus on the Emerging Impact of EU Agricultural Reforms and Trade Policy Initiatives on Agro-Food Sector Development in Africa. In particular, focus will be on the impact of the EU reciprocal trade agreement on Southern African countries in the context of the on-going process of EU agricultural reforms. Factors that need to be taken into account in designing and implementing smallholder development programmes if smallholder farmers are not to be left in a perilous financial position (e.g. Swazi smallholder sugar producers in Swazi who have been brought into the sector in the past ten years). There is also a need to try and ease the disproportionate burden which falls on smallholder producers through a better design of certain measures.