Presentation on GovInn work on SDG16 at the South African-French Science and Innovation Days, 2-3 December 2019

GovInn Senior Researcher Dr. Robin Bourgeois presented GovInn’s work on SDG 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”, at the 1st  South African-French Science and Innovations Days  conference organized by The French Embassy in South Africa, in collaboration with the DST and the NRF during 2-3 December 2019. The event took place at the CSIR Convention Centre, Pretoria. Dr Bourgeois highlighted i) some of the results  of the study of local justice systems in Namibia (http://governanceinnovation.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/GovInn-Working-Paper-02-2019.pdf), ii) the anticipatory approach used for the preparation of the SDG16 section of the goal report GovInn produced as a contribution to the country report by StatSA on the achievement of the SDGs in South Africa, and a holistic approach to the SDGs as a network of interconnected elements. The full presentation and related notes can be found here.

Dr Leon Mwamba Tshimpaka at International Conference on EU-Africa Migration Conundrum in the Global Changing Order, November 2019

GovInn Research Fellow Dr. Leon Mwamba Tshimpaka presented a paper titled: “Solidarite´ en mouvement” against homeland authoritarianism: Political transnationalism of Europe-based African migrants” at the International Conference on EU-Africa Migration Conundrum in the Global Changing Order held at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu from 21-23 November 2019.

For further details on the indicated paper please read below abstract: “

“Solidarite´ en mouvement” against homeland authoritarianism: Political transnationalism of Europe-based African migrants

This study focuses on intercontinental citizenship networks exercised by Europe-based African migrants in solidarity against their homeland authoritarianism. Most studies on migrants’ political transnationalism do not emphasize how African migrants entered into solidarity during their mobility and how they create social networks, from their receiving site, to demand for homeland democratic change. Building on notion of social networks and political transnationalism of migrants, this study draws lessons and experiences from 1990 to 2018, the period marking the democratic transition and at the same time democratic deficit in the African continent. It reviews the quality of democracy in part of Central African countries such, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Congo-Brazzaville, and Burundi in order to demonstrate why solidarity among these indicated African migrants was of importance to trigger intercontinental citizenship networks in Europe. Against this backdrop, the paper argues that apart from their individual exercised transnational political activities, Europe-based African migrants strengthen their citizenship by entering into solidarity to fight against homeland authoritarian ruling regimes that unite them abroad. It has been found that these Europe-based African migrants collaborate while exiting their countries of origin and, once in Europe, they strategize within horizontal networks during their political activities such as public protests and demonstrations, mutakalisation of homeland government elites, the prohibition of homeland artists to perform in Europe. Thus, “solidarite´ en movement” has triggered the Europe-based African migrant intercontinental citizenship networks.

SEMINAR: Roundtable Discussion on Kazakhstan and South Africa – Lessons of Building Constructive Public Dialogue as the basis of stability and prosperity

The Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in South Africa
in conjunction with
The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn)
Cordially invites you to a Round Table
KAZAKHSTAN AND SOUTH AFRICA:
LESSONS OF BUILDING CONSTRUCTIVE PUBLIC DIALOGUE
AS THE BASIS OF STABILITY AND PROSPERITY

 

Date: Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Venue: Old College House Room 1-09, University of Pretoria (building 26 on attached map)
RSVPkirsty.agnew@up.ac.za

GovInn Working Paper 02/2019: Innovating governance – integrating judicial systems in hybrid political orders: A case study of justice practices in the Namibian Erongo Region

The second GovInn Working Paper of 2019, by Erika Dahlmanns and Cori Wielenga, looks at integrating judicial systems in hybrid political orders, with as case study the Namibian Erongo Region. This paper is interested in dynamics arising from the attempt of the Namibian government to integrate the formerly “informal”, tradition-based community courts into the state’s justice system to understand how hybrid political orders and their integration stipulate or obstruct governance innovation and what this might suggest in terms of responding to governance challenges in the field of justice and conflict resolution typical to states in Africa.

Central to the functioning of the African state is the reality of parallel and hybrid political orders which are manifest in the so called “informal”, including economic, trade and governance systems which operate alongside the state. These generate governance challenges that African governments and local actors have dealt with in innovative ways, including in the field of justice, which is the particular interest of this paper.

In this paper, we are interested in dynamics arising from the attempt of the Namibian government to integrate the formerly “informal”, tradition-based community courts into the state’s justice system to understand how hybrid political orders and their integration stipulate or obstruct governance innovation and what this might suggest in terms of responding to governance challenges in the field of justice and conflict resolution typical to states in Africa.

 

To read the full working paper, download the document here.

#FoodTalks SEMINAR: Student hunger and achieving the right to food for all, what role for universities?, 5 November 2019

The Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship (CAS) invites you to a #FoodTalks seminar on student hunger and achieving the right to food for all. The question being what role for universities? There will be academic, activist, and student perspectives brought by inputs from Professor Vishwas Satgar, Oluwafunmilola Adeniyi, and Elgin Hlaka. This event is organised in collaboration with the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), and the Human Economy Programme within CAS.

DATE Tuesday 5 November 2019
TIME 13:30 – 15:30
VENUE Old College House Seminar Lounge, 1-09, University of Pretoria
RSVP Cecelia Samson, 012 420 2653, cecelia.samson@up.ac.za

Too many students at our universities go hungry, negatively affecting their studies and their lives. At the same time, universities are sights of food selling and eating and are large buyers of food. There are great opportunities for universities to play a role in creating more sustainable and healthy food environments, for them to use their buying power to influence wider food systems,
and to inculcate healthy food production, processing and eating habits, not only in what they teach, but also in how they operate.

This #FoodTalks seminar will help us understand the food challenges and opportunities at universities, and to share from existing initiatives that are responding to these challenges.

Food talks to us at many levels, touching on important aspects of our lives and society. This is a continuation of a series of seminars that is bringing together leading thinkers and practitioners in the sector to share knowledge, and create a space to talk about the current food system and how we can move to a socially and ecologically regenerative, just and nourishing food system in South Africa and the region.

 

More details on this event can be found here.

SEMINAR REPORT: Africa’s development challenges are not due to a lack of resources but a lack of management, 21 August 2019

Seminar presentation by South-Korean Ambassador to South-Africa, Dr Jong-Dae Park

GovInn recently hosted South Korean Ambassador to South Africa, His Excellency Dr Jong-Dae Park, at a seminar on development in Africa. The seminar, held on 21st August 2019, was attended by representatives of diplomatic missions in Pretoria from various countries, university staff, students and GovInn researchers. Dean in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria, Prof. Vasu Reddy, welcomed Dr Park whose paper, based on his recent book Re-inventing Development in Africa: Linking Africa to the Korean Development Model, focused on lessons for Africa from South Korea’s successful development model.

Dr Park challenged common explanations of underdevelopment in Africa such as colonialism, ethnicity and neopatrimonialism; drawing comparisons between Africa under European colonial rule and Korea under Japanese colonial rule. Dr Park insisted that the “psychological yoke”, under which it is believed Africa is incapable to progress and inevitably destined to remain underdeveloped, be broken. In order to achieve transformation, African countries need a strong sense of nation, prominent and proactive governments committed to development and development-mindedness of the people. According to Dr Park, “Such radical transformation could be achieved only if the whole nation, acquires development minded focus, supported by the active role of the state. What makes institutions work are the actions of people who uphold them”. The successes of the Korean economic and developmental model, according to Dr Park was based on ”four cornerstones” including, land reform, empowerment of the people, educational reform and governmental reform. Additionally, the Korean development model was founded on a strong development mind-set in the name of “attaining better life and modernization of the nation” and by an egalitarian spirit instilled in the people. For Africa, Dr Park recommended initiatives focused on four areas (a) macroeconomic stability; (b) effective industrialization; (c) human capacity development; and (d) reinvigoration of the market mechanism (economic principles having precedence over political considerations).

 

Report by Anetta Oksiutycz-Munyawiri

GOVINN WEEK SEMINAR: Pragmatic peace-making for innovative governance and social change, 26 September 2019

With Matt Meyer

Reviewing historical examples from governmental practices in Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Eritrea and elsewhere, Meyer will lead a discussion on the connections between civil resistance, social change, and democracy in this interactive seminar. With reviews of contemporary struggles in Western Sahara and the Cameroons/Ambazonia, fundamental questions of decolonization, apartheid economics, and the roll of education will be addressed. Strategic questions relating to violence/nonviolence, patriarchy, white supremacy, identity issues, and the connections between ideology and pragmatism will also be covered.

DATE: 26 September 2019

TIME: 10:00 – 13:00

VENUE: Future Africa Campus

 

The Governance Innovation Week 2019: Programme

What – This week will bring critical scholars and practitioners together to debate and plan the future of governance and governance innovation in Africa and the world.
When – 25 – 27 September 2019
Where – Future Africa, University of Pretoria

NB: this list is non-exhaustive and will be updated continuously.

 

KEYNOTE PANEL:

Emancipatory governance: Views from the ground

Everisto Benyera, Marc Wegerif, Chris Nshimbi and Lebohang Liepollo Pheko
Facilitator: Quraysha Sooliman

25 September 2019, 18:00,
RSVP: Kirsty Agnew, kirsty.agnew@up.ac.za

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

A case for challenging conventional wisdom on governance?

with Dr Catherine Biira (Institute For Regional
Integration and Development, Catholic University of
Eastern Africa)

26 September 2019, 18:00
RSVP: Kirsty Agnew, kirsty.agnew@up.ac.za


Workshops and Playshops:

The State of Food Governance in South Africa

25 September 2019
RSVP: Camilla Adelle, camilla.adelle@up.ac.za

More details here.

The objective of this one-day workshop will be to continue the existing policy debate on food insecurity in South Africa. It will review and discuss what is known about the policies and programmes relating to food and nutrition security at national and local levels of governance; identify the main knowledge gaps; and then debate the major issues preventing effective food security governance in the country.

Governance from Below: The Role of Non-state Actors in Africa

25 September 2019
RSVP: Kirsty Nepomuceno, kirsty.agnew@up.ac.za

More details here.

During this one-day event, which forms part of GovInn Week 2019, we will be exploring who the non-state actors in Africa are, the kind of power they hold, the interaction between non-state and state actors, and what relevance they have in terms of governance. Key debates on this day will be around the changing nature of the state, the emergence (or emerging interest) in non-state actors in governance, and the implications of these emerging actors for the future of the state and governance in Africa. Experts in the field will be sharing about emerging non-state actors in the mining industry, health sector, civil society sector and in relation to the sustainable development goals. The relationships between the state and mining companies, traditional leaders, healers, midwives and indigenous minorities will be explored. Presentations will be interspersed with an interactive participatory conference approach, where everyone in the room will get to share their views!

Pragmatic peacemaking for innovative governance and social change

with Matt Meyer

26 September 2019, 10:00 – 13:00

RSVP: Kirsty Nepomuceno, kirsty.agnew@up.ac.za

Reviewing historical examples from governmental practices in Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Eritrea and elsewhere, Meyer will lead a discussion on the connections between civil resistance, social change, and democracy in this interactive seminar.

See more details here.

The Future of Governance in Africa – A Serious Playshop

26 – 27 September 2019, Invited participants only

What futures for governance in Africa?

 This 1 and a ½ day event brings together a diversity of participants from Africa who will engage in exploring issues related to governance in Africa beyond the conventional dichotomy between democracy and autocracy. Its purpose is to sense and make sense of what the present holds using the lights shed by exploring the future. It is designed to nurture a future-oriented perspective and create a collective knowledge on what governance could look like on the continent. This event takes the form of a serious “playshop” combining causal layered analysis and the futures triangle, which will help unveiling potential pockets of the future of governance in the present.

 

Ecological Economics and Governance of Natural Resources

27 September 2019

See more details here.

The session will be organized around different case studies on water and wildlife management in Africa. The presenters are current CEEPA doctoral students who will bring to the  discussion their current research questions and progress. Their methodological approaches are largely inspired by the ecological economics framework. However, the GovInn week provides an opportunity to discuss such approaches with a wider and more multidisciplinary audience.

Governance from below: The role of non-state actors in Africa

Governance from below: The role of non-state actors in Africa
Wednesday, 25 September

University of Pretoria’s Future Africa campus

During this one-day event, which forms part of GovInn Week 2019, we will be exploring who the non-state actors in Africa are, the kind of power they hold, the interaction between non-state and state actors, and what relevance they have in terms of governance. Key debates on this day will be around the changing nature of the state, the emergence (or emerging interest) in non-state actors in governance, and the implications of these emerging actors for the future of the state and governance in Africa. Experts in the field will be sharing about emerging non-state actors in the mining industry, health sector, civil society sector and in relation to the sustainable development goals. The relationships between the state and mining companies, traditional leaders, healers, midwives and indigenous minorities will be explored. Presentations will be interspersed with an interactive participatory conference approach, where everyone in the room will get to share their views!

There are still some places open for this event. If you want to join us, RSVP to cori.wielenga@up.ac.za.

Graduation of GovInn Doctoral Student Leon Mwamba from the University of Pretoria

We are happy to announce that GovInn Research Fellow, Leon Mwamba, successfully completed his studies and was awarded a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pretoria’s Department of Political Sciences. Dr Leon Mwamba received his PhD certificate at the graduation ceremony held in the AULA at the University last week Wednesday 4 September 2019. Congratulations Dr Mwamba!  Below is a summary of his thesis.

Leon Mwamba on the day of his graduation at the University of Pretoria.

Leon Mwamba on the day of his graduation at the University of Pretoria.

In his thesis, “People-centred Approaches to Regionalism: Southern African Civil Society Networks and SADC, 1989 to 2016”, Dr Leon Mwamba developed a typology of the kinds of institutional arrangements developed by regional civil society groups while interacting within both formal and self-organised regionalisms. He revealed that regional civil society networks that form part of a dominant formal process of regionalism exhibit different strategies, norms and rules than those that emerge out of contestation in opposition to formal regionalism. Dr Leon Mwamba demonstrated that regionalism can be viewed as an unconventional socio-political phenomenon, which can also be promoted by non-state actors like Southern African civil society networks in the SADC region. This implies, if well governed, self-organised regionalisms can also function equally well as formal regionalisms that are driven by state actors and technocrats. Dr. Leon Mwamba contributed to the literature on contemporary regionalism by expanding the focus of analysis to include non-state actors.