Professor Foad Izadi

Seminar: “Iran back in the game: a new power in international relations?”

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) invites you to a public lecture on the topic

 “Iran back in the game: a new power in international relations?”

 presented by Prof Foad Izadi, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran

Professor Foad Izadi

Professor Foad Izadi

 

Foad Izadi is a faculty member at the Department of American Studies, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, where he teaches M.A. and Ph.D. courses. Izadi received his Ph.D. from the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. He earned a B.S. in Economics and an M.A. in Mass Communication from University of Houston. Izadi’s research and teaching interests are inter-disciplinary and focus on United States-Iran relations, U.S. public diplomacy and, more broadly, the role of media, culture and propaganda in international relations. His recent book, United States Public Diplomacy Towards Iran, discusses the United States communication efforts in Iran during George W. Bush and Obama administrations. He has been a political commentator on CNN, RT (Russia Today), CCTV, Press TV, Sky News, ITV News, Al Jazeera, Euronews, IRIB, France 24, TRT World, NPR, and other international media outlets. Izadi has been quoted in many publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, China Daily, The Tehran Times, The Toronto Star, El Mundo, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The New Yorker, and Newsweek.

Date: Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Time: 10:00-12:00 (Light lunch will be served after the lecture)

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

RSVP essential: http://goo.gl/forms/cUGqPnB5lVb8st873 (by 30 May 2016)

Enquiries: info@governanceinnovation.org

 

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“Education: fundamental to a countries future”

The University of Pretoria is proud to host a joint initiative by the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme in the form of the Kapuscinski Development Lecture 2016.

Prof Norman Duncan, Vice-Principal (Academic), cordially invites you to attend the Kapuscinski Development Lecture on the theme: Education: fundamental to a country’s future. The focus will be on education and employability and how this is fundamental to all aspects of a country’s development.

Top global thinkers use this platform to discuss development. Since 2009, more than 80 lectures have been held at partner universities and think tanks reaching over 25 000 people.

Date: Tuesday 31 May 2016
Time: 18:00

Cocktail after the lecture 19:30-20:30

Venue: Senate Hall, Hatfeld Campus, Lynnwood Road, Pretoria

GPS: S25° 45’ 21” E28° 13’ 51”

Dress: Day Wear

Enquiries: Neo Maseko, 012 420 2631

RSVP: here by 27 May 2016

 

 

“What next for environmentalism?”

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Institute for Futures Research will be hosting a debate entitled “what next for environmentalism?” which considers the relevance of the environmentalism narrative to a broader audience and the role of the environmental movement in the achievement of an equitable future. Issues such as the role of ecomodernism in creating a new narrative for environmental sustainability and the question of a more integrated view of the environment in economic development will form part of the discussions.

Participating in the debate is GovInn friend and We-Africa partner, Saliem Fakir, head of the Policy and Futures Unit at the WWF South Africa.

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Date: Thursday 2 June, 2016

Time: 15:30 for 16:00-18:00

Venue: CSIR International Convention Centre, 1 Meiring Naude Road, Pretoria,

RSVP: Nazirah Davids, ndavids@wwf.org.za

Book Launch: “African Accountability: What Works and What Doesn’t?”

 

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the University of Pretoria’s Department of Political Sciences, in association with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), are pleased to announce the launch of “African Accountability: What Works and What Doesn’t”, a book edited by Steven Gruzd and Yarik Turianskyi (Programme Head and Programme Manager of the Governance and APRM Programme at SAIIA).

 

‘African Accountability: What Works and What Doesn’t?’ focuses on political and social aspects to assess the current state of governance and accountability in Africa. While important strides have been made, governance reforms have been rather slow, complex, inefficient and difficult to implement.

This book seeks to explore and unpack some of these issues, building on the work of SAIIA’s three-year programme on Governance and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). Chapters by both governance experts and governance practitioners discuss continental efforts to set Africa on a steady and sustainable path, such as the African Union’s (AU) 50 year development plan, Agenda 2063, the emerging African Governance Architecture (AGA) and examine the interplay between the AU’s African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) and the APRM.

At domestic level, this book looks at a mixture of traditional and innovative accountability processes. To what extent do African parliaments hold executives to account, and fulfil their oversight mandates? How effective are African ombudsmen in promoting and protecting the rights of citizens? And new methods of holding those in power to account are emerging. Increasingly, technologies – in particular smart phones – are being used to monitor election results, survey citizen opinions and provide oversight.

For Africa to develop, it seems clear that it needs good governance. Without it, corruption thrives, maladministration is pervasive and citizens are denied essential services. This book examines where Africa is headed in the governance realm, and what lessons have been learned on its journey.

Date: Thursday, 2 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/WLzW1M6GKu by 30 May 2016.
Queriesinfo@governanceinnovation.org

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

“Sport, Security and Language in African and European perspectives”

Student members of the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA) are pleased to announce their soft seminar to mark the European Union’s anniversary. Entitled “Sport, Security and Language in African and European perspectives” the seminar will explore sports migration from Africa to Europe, the multi-linguistic model of the European Union and its applicability to African regional and sub regional organisations as well as the challenges posed to Europe by radicalism and terrorism. The event will take place on Monday the 16 May 2016 in the seminar room at Old College House. GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti will provide opening remarks and guest speakers include GovInn senior research fellow John Kotsopoulos, Sofia Moeira de Sousa (Deputy head of the EU delegation to South Africa) Angelo Fick (ENCA current affairs and news analyst) and Dr. Samuel Adeyemo (senior lecturer at the Department of Education & management policy studies, UP).

 

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Date: Monday 16 May 2016

Time: 14:00-16:00

Venue: Seminar room, Old College House, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria

 

Update: venue change for “South Africa’s World: Perspectives on Diplomacy and International Political Economy”

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The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) in partnership with the SARChI Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy would like to announce a change of venue for our roundtable discussion in honour of the renowned academic and diplomat Prof. Gerrit Olivier entitled “South Africa’s World: Perspectives on Diplomacy and International Political Economy”. The venue for the 3 May roundtable discussion will now be in the Senate Hall of the University of Pretoria Administration building (Hatfield campus).

This roundtable brings together some of the country’s leading thinkers to explore South Africa’s foreign policy. Participants include Deon Geldenhuys (University of Johannesburg), Chris Landsberg (SARChI), Lorenzo Fioramonti (GovInn) and Costa Georghiou (University of Johannesburg). Elizabeth Sidiropoulos (South African Institute of International Affairs) will provide opening remarks along with Prof Geldenhuys. The last word will of course go to Prof. Gerrit Olivier himself.

Date: Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Time: 16:00-18:00 (cocktail reception to follow)
Venue: Senate Hall, Administration Building, University of Pretoria, Main Campus (Hatfield)
RSVP essential: http://goo.gl/forms/FPmErQH3ec (RSVP by 29 April 2016)
Enquiries: info@governanceinnovation.org

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South Africa’s World: Perspectives on Diplomacy and International Political Economy”

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The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) in partnership with the SARChI Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy invite you to a roundtable discussion in honour of the renowned academic and diplomat Prof. Gerrit Olivier.

This roundtable brings together some of the country’s leading thinkers to explore South Africa’s foreign policy. Participants include Deon Geldenhuys (University of Johannesburg), Chris Landsberg (SARChI), Lorenzo Fioramonti (GovInn) and Costa Georghiou (University of Johannesburg). Elizabeth Sidiropoulos (South African Institute of International Affairs) will provide opening remarks along with Prof Geldenhuys. The last word will of course go to Prof. Gerrit Olivier himself.

Date: Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Time: 16:00-18:00 (cocktail reception to follow)
Venue: Senate Hall, Administration Building, University of Pretoria, Main Campus (Hatfield)
RSVP essential: http://goo.gl/forms/FPmErQH3ec (RSVP by 29 April 2016)
Enquiries: info@governanceinnovation.org

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Book launch: ‘South Africa’s Agrarian Question’ by Hubert Cochet, Ward Anseeuw and Sandrine Fréguin-Gresh

South Africa’s Agrarian Question

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation invites you to the upcoming book launch of Govinn’s director Ward Anseeuw co-edited book ‘South Africa’s Agrarian Question’, by Hubert Cochet, Ward Anseeuw and Sandrine Fréguin-Gresh.

“The answers provided in this book will be of interest not only to all those interested in the South African experiment, but also to those who, in all regions, are questioning the mainstream agrifood regime and asking how it can be transformed.” – Olivier De Schutter, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food (2008–2014); Co-Chair, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems; Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

 

Date: Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Time: 17:00 – 19:00
Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield)
RSVP essential: http://goo.gl/forms/YkBZG6g5hE by 15 April 2016.
Queries: info@governanceinnovation.org

More information on the book can be found on the Governance Innovation website and the Publisher website.

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“The power of community: Water security in times of scarcity

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The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and SIWI invite you to a Rethinking Development Seminar

“The power of community: Water security in times of scarcity”

Presented by Rajendra Singh, The Water Man of India

Rajendra Singh is a well-known water conservationist. Also known as “Water Man of India”, he won the Stockholm Water Prize in 2015. Previously, he won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership in 2001 for his pioneering work in community-based efforts in water harvesting and water management. He has been instrumental in fighting slow bureaucracy and  mining lobbies and has helped villagers take charge of water management in their semi-arid areas through the use of ‘johad’, rainwater storage tanks, check dams and other time-tested as well as path-breaking techniques. He is one of the members of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) under the Indian Ministry of the Environment. In 2008, The Guardian named him as one of the “50 people who could save the planet”.

Date: Thursday 3 March 2016
Time: 14:00-16:00 PM
Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield)

RSVP essential: Contact Neil Kasselman neil.kasselman@governanceinnovation.org by 29 February 2016.

Rethinking Development Seminar: Working with the grain by Brian Levy

Working with the grain

Book Launch: Working with the grain – integrating governance and growth in development strategies’  by Prof. Brian Levy

The Rethinking Development Seminar Series is a joint initiative of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, the Human Economy Programme and the Postgraduate School of Agriculture and Rural Development.

About the book:  Good governance has failed as a prescription for addressing development challenges. This book proposes an innovative ‘with-the-grain’ alternative as a constructive, hopeful way of engaging the challenging governance ambiguities of our early 21st century world.

About the author: Brian Levy is currently involved in the faculties of the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Cape Town.
He has a sustained track record of both thought leadership and hands-on experience. At theWorld Bank, where he worked for more than two decades, he led the programme to increase support for public-sector reform in Africa, and subsequently co-led the effort to mainstream governance and anti-corruption into the organisation’s operational programmes.
Prof. Levy has published widely on the interactions between institutions, political economy and development policy.
He obtained his PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1983.

Date: 21 July 2015
Time: 12:30-14:00
Venue: Graduate Centre L1-72, University of Pretoria, Hatfield Campus