Chris Nshimbi on the East African Commission at SABC, 05.10.2017

GovInn’s Co-Director Chris Nshimbi talked to Spotlight Africa on the East African Commission.

 

Hear the full interview here: https://iono.fm/e/481765

‘How boosting small businesses will help soften disruptive effect of machines’, by Lorenzo Fioramonti, 15.08.2017

GovInn’s Director Lorenzo Fioramonti published ‘How boosting small businesses will help soften disruptive effect of machines‘ in the Business Day.

In the award-winning book Rise of the Robots, futurist Martin Ford argues that automation will lead to widespread job losses, not only in the traditional blue-collar sectors, but also among white-collar workers. Conventional production chains and large industries have indeed invested massively in automation in the past few years. A study by McKinsey shows that many companies recovering from the 2008 financial crisis have replaced retrenched workers with machines, thus leading to “jobless” recoveries.

Read the full article here: https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/2017-08-15-how-boosting-small-businesses-will-help-soften-disruptive-effect-of-machines/

‘Secret ballot: Mantashe’s decree is unlawful’, by Mpumelelo Mkhabela at News24, 04.08.2017

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Mpumelelo Mkhabela published the article ‘Secret ballot: Mantashe’s decree is unlawful‘ at News24.

The political phenomenon of “mantashe-ing”, which means changing your views regularly for convenience at the expense of rationality, has taken a new meaning.  The verb to “mantash” entered the lexicon as a fitting recognition of the extraordinary chameleonic skill of Gwede Mantashe, the secretary general of the governing ANC.

Read the full article here: http://www.news24.com/Columnists/Mpumelelo_Mkhabela/secret-ballot-mantashes-decree-is-unlawful-20170804

 

‘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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