‘Smart redistribution’ can make life better for everyone (including The Rich)’, by Lorenzo Fioramonti on 702, 01.08.2017


GovInn’s Director Lorenzo Fioramonti was interviewed by Radio 702 on ‘Smart redistribution’ can make life better for everyone (including The Rich)’.

It’s hard to have a rational discussion about redistribution in South Africa. So says Lorenzo Fioramonti, Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation at University of Pretoria. More often than not, frank debate is tainted by ideology, political score settling and, perhaps, a bit of racism.

If we are serious about building a bright future for South Africa, says Fioramonti, we need to bridge cultural and ideological divides.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Fioramonti for his weekly “The Science Of” feature.

Listen to the full interview here: http://www.702.co.za/articles/266784/smart-redistribution-can-make-life-better-for-everyone-including-the-rich

‘Why Kabila’s bid to remain in power is bad news for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’, by Nelson Alusala, 01.08.2017

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Nelson Alusala published ‘Why Kabila’s bid to remain in power is bad news for the Democratic Republic of the Congo‘ in The Conversation.

President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has barely five months to save his 17-year regime from a cataclysmic ending. According to the 31 December 2016 all-inclusive political agreement, Kabila should organise elections and hand over power. But in a recent interview, Kabila said he wasn’t going to “promise anything” on when he would leave office. This stand is in violation of the political agreement brokered by the Conférence Episcopale Nationale du Congo (CENCO).

Read the full article here: https://theconversation.com/why-kabilas-bid-to-remain-in-power-is-bad-news-for-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo-81414


‘ISS Today: The DRC’s natural resources still awash with blood’, by Nelson Alusala in the Daily Maverick, 24.07.2017

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Nelson Alusala published ‘ISS Today: The DRC’s natural resources still awash with blood‘ in the Daily Maverick.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), mining communities mostly depend on their ability to sell what they mine to make a living. So they explore all options to reach markets – and in this game, the price dictates the source. Mining-trade middlemen in Goma, interviewed by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), say minerals sourced from non-compliant mines cost one and a half times less to buy than conflict-free-certified minerals. They therefore prefer to buy the former, eschewing regulatory measures such as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act).

Read the full article here: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-07-24-iss-today-the-drcs-natural-resources-still-awash-with-blood

“Alternative currencies are the future: why it matters for development”, by Lorenzo Fioramonti 2.07.2017

The Conversation has published another article by GovInn Director Lorenzo Fioramonti, who writes about the contribution that alternative currencies can make to global development.

In the near future, we will have a variety of money with different qualities and different purposes. This will make economies more resilient against shocks and will support more equitable and sustainable development, by putting users in the driver seat and reinforcing local economic development.

You can read the entire article here.

“Fixating on growth could subvert prospects of long-term prosperity”, by Lorenzo Fioramonti, 28.06.2017

GovInn Director Lorenzo Fioramonti’s most recent column in Business Day looks at new paths towards development as large-scale industrialization models are proving ineffective.

The recession has come as a cold shower to policy makers and their economic advisers, but only because they decided to ignore the facts. Whether they chose so out of expediency or sheer ignorance, I don’t know. About five years ago, I started writing about SA’s myopic approach to economic growth, predicting GDP would contract annually, leading to a recession in the middle of 2017.

Read the entire article here.

‘As Trump smacks the climate, world must do better to save planet’, by Lorenzo Fioramonti, 04.06.2017

GovInn’s Directors Lorenzo Fioramonti published the article ‘As Trump smacks the climate, world must do better to save planet‘ in The Conversation.

As Donald Trump’s America drops out of the Paris Agreement, it’s high time to ask whether conventional approaches to sustainable development are enough to deal with the multiple crises facing the world. A shift to a “green economy” is essential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But more is needed to build truly sustainable economies, which not only curb emissions, but also drastically reduce all the negative impacts on nature and society.

Read the full article here: https://theconversation.com/as-trump-smacks-the-climate-world-must-do-better-to-save-planet-78567?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

‘Letter From Pretoria’, on EU-SA relations by John Kotsopoulus and Camilla Adele, 26.05.2017

GovInn’s Senior Researchers John Kotsopoulos and Camilla Adele the ‘Letter From Europa‘ at Carnegie Europe.

South Africa is experiencing a period of political and economic turmoil that has consequences for the country’s focus and consistency in its international relations, including with respect to the EU.

Read the full article here: http://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/70016

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Promises of radical economic transformation is a looting mechanism, by Prince Mashele, 17.05.2017

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Prince Mashele gave an interview for News24 on ‘Promises of radical economic transformation is a looting mechanism‘.

It’s not going to happen. It’s a way of fooling black people so that they do not look at the looting happening in the state.

Watch the video here: http://www.news24.com/Video/SouthAfrica/News/promises-of-radical-economic-transformation-is-a-looting-mechanism-analyst-20170517

‘ConCourt judges face much more than legal questions in Zuma case’, by Prince Mashele, 24.05.2017

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Prince Mashele published the article ‘ConCourt judges face much more than legal questions in Zuma case‘ at News24.

The question is a moral one because fundamentally it’s about the conduct of a President who has been flagrantly injuring the interests of the country. While the justices of the Constitutional Court are men and women of law, they are learned and conscious enough to appreciate the contextual weight and social implications of their judgments

Read the full article here: http://www.news24.com/Columnists/GuestColumn/concourt-judges-face-much-more-than-legal-questions-in-zuma-case-20170524

‘Rwanda & South Africa: a long road from truth to reconciliation’ by Cori Wielenga, The Conversation, 06.04.2017

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Cori Wielenga published the article ‘Rwanda & South Africa: a long road from truth to reconciliation‘ in The Conversation.

Rwanda took a different path. It focused on establishing individual perpetrators’ accountability for genocide crimes. Many were unsettled by this rigorous quest. There were calls for Rwanda to mimic South Africa and take the route of amnesty in exchange for truth. That would have assumed the wounds of the violent massacre of possibly a million people in three months were identical to the wounds of apartheid. I don’t want to suggest for a moment that wounds left by Rwanda’s genocide were harder to heal than those left by apartheid. But it’s critical to understand that they left behind different kinds of devastations.

Read the full article here: https://theconversation.com/rwanda-and-south-africa-a-long-road-from-truth-to-reconciliation-75628