In his latest op ed for Business Day Live GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti considers representative democracy in light of the current global political environment. Is representative democracy really a good ‘fit’ for governance of a state? Does representative democracy allow for real representation? Moreover does it assist economic development and can it allow for fruitful participation by voters in their own governance beyond merely exercising their “civic duty”? Read more here.
Famed water conservationist and activist Dr Rajendra Singh, known as the “water man of India”, sat down with GovInn associate fellow Quraysha Ismail Sooliman proir to his presentation at the GovInn rethinking development seminar, “The power of Community: Water security in times of scarcity”. They discuss the conservation methods employed in his native Rajasthan, sustainable solutions to water management and the policies that should accompany such initiatives. To watch follow the link here
“THE terrorist attacks in Brussels highlight the overall fragility of Europe, a continent affected by the worst convergence of crises since the Second World War. After Paris a few months back, the fact that bombers have now targeted the administrative capital of the European Union carries a powerful symbolic message…”
The Land Matrix, whose coordination team is based at GovInn, was rated a top source of data for international development data by the Guardian: The top 10 sources of data for international development research
Land Matrix is rubbing shoulders with the likes of the World Bank, IMF and UNDP data projects.
“The Lily Mine sinkhole is a metaphor for entire country”
“PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address did not leave room for much optimism. The president recognised the structural problems affecting the South African economy, as well as the global instabilities that are compounding the domestic malaise…”
“How Africa can up its game to meet environmental challenges”
Read Camilla Adelle’s latest contribution to the discussion surrounding Africa’s environmental roles and responsibilities.
“Africa has enormous natural resource wealth. At the same time it is extremely vulnerable to the impact of environmental degradation, including climate change. These are two good reasons, one might assume, for prioritising the environment in development efforts. Yet the continent has a woefully inadequate structure for the governance of the environment.”
This morning on radio 702, Senior Researcher Prince Mashele said that Jeremy Gauntlett’s concession in the Constitutional Court hearing against Zuma exposed attempts by the ANC and Zuma to undermine the Constitution. 702’s John Robbie spoke to Mashele as he delved into an analysis of the recent developments in the Nkandla saga.
In the end, something will bind… The core of our systems still works, but there are serious attempts by the ANC, and particulary Jacob Zuma to destory it.
Listen to the interview here.
By GovInn Director Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti
In his new Business Day article, Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti discusses the social ills that are facing South Africa, which have been exacerbated in the past few months by environmental and economic challenges, and the need to change the way we approach these problems together as South Africans.
As some university negotiations have demonstrated, different parties can come to a satisfactory agreement involving resizing of salaries, benefits and other contributions when it becomes clear that the future of a public good — education — is at stake. There is no reason to believe that the same cannot happen for the economy at large.
We need new rules of engagement and a new social contract to move forward. If done properly and with a clear vision, this will make everybody more confident about the future of this country, reassuring its citizens (of all races and colours), as well as those foreign investors interested in the long-term wellbeing of the economy (not the speculators who have always been so keen to make money at the expense of our society).
To read the whole article, go the Business Day website.
In an article for The Conversation, GovInn Senior Researcher Prince Mashele discusses the linkages of the colonial exploitation of mineral resources and the changes it brought to South Africa, both for infrastructure and divided race relations.
The Randlords left behind them a big dilemma: contemporary South Africa is not sure whether to thank them for bringing civilisation, or to curse them for complicating future race relations.
Read more at The Conversation
Read articles by Sheree Bega in the Saturday Star, published on 7 November 2015 and 14 November 2015 respectively, on South Africa’s mounting water crisis. The articles contain interviews with Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti, who expresses his views on people’s lack of responsibility when it comes to water use and ineffective government response to current water shortage episodes.
Read the article from 7 November 2015:ss-wateroped
Read the article from 14 November 2015: ss-drought-2