Cori Wielenga speaks about epistemic injustice in migration education at the UNESCO International Conference on Migration.

At the UNESCO International Conference on Migration held in Johannesburg on 7 September, GovInn Senior Researcher Cori Wielenga took the opportunity to present about the cross-site teaching experiment on migration she has been involved in with the University of Dusseldorf in Germany. GovInn Director, Chris Nshimbi and Cori Wielenga have been working with Witold Mucha and Christina Pesch at Dusseldorf to facilitate a learning encounter for students which allows them to engage with the issue of migration from European and African perspectives. The pedagogical approach aims to allow for the co-production of knowledge as a means to challenge epistemological injustices in higher education.

Cori Wielenga (second from the left) at the UNESCO International Conference on Migration


‘Women in the Context of Justice: Continuities and Discontinuities in Southern Africa’, a CSA&G Edited Collection

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Cori Wielenga recently edited and contributed to the handbook, ‘Women in the Context of Justice: Continuities and Discontinuities in Southern Africa’. The handbook is aimed at civil society organisations on the roles and positions of women in ‘justice on the ground’ in Southern Africa. In this volume, they attempt to critically engage with the idea that community justice and leadership institutions are necessarily ‘patriarchal’ and explore what this means, and what the lived realities of people on the ground are.

Contributors to this volume include Ruth Murambadoro , Chenai Matshaka,  Zefanias Matsimbe, Bosco Bae and Erika Dahlmanns.
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Call for papers – ‘Scenario Planning and Foresight 2018: Advancing Theory and Improving Practice’

A Joint Event of the OR Society and British Academy of Management

Scenario Planning and Foresight 2018: Advancing Theory and Improving Practice
10-11 December 2018 | Warwick Business School, Coventry

This is a call for the second conference on Scenario Planning and Foresight: Advancing Theory and Improving Practice. Building on the success of the first conference on Scenario Planning (2015), we are extending the scope of the conference to include contributions from the wider field of Foresight. This will be a two-day event with keynote addresses from distinguished academics and experienced practitioners, and discussions on the latest developments in academic research and practical applications relating to scenario analysis.

We are inviting academics and practitioners to submit abstracts of up to 500 words (including references). All submissions will be reviewed to be accepted to the conference.

Academics’ contributions could be both theoretical and empirical from any field of scenario planning or foresight. The extended abstracts should indicate: the research focus; the literature to which they are contributing; a short description of the methodology; and an indication of the research outcomes. We welcome contributions from doctoral students for whom there will be a limited number of bursaries to cover the registration fee.

Practitioners’ contributions could be both from their own organisation and/or consultancy projects. Extended abstracts should indicate the nature of the intervention and a reflection on the lessons learned.

The conference organisers have secured special issues of two journals, Futures & Foresight Science and Technological Forecasting and Social Change, for publication of selected conference presentations.

Submission deadline: 30 September 2018

Notification of acceptance: 19 October 2018

Further details of the conference (schedule, registration, accommodation, travel, etc) will appear and be updated on the conference website over the coming weeks and months:

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Organising Committee:
Dr F. O’Brien (
Prof. M. Meadows (‎
Dr E. Tapinos (
Dr N. Pyper (
Prof. G. Wright (

A Joint Event of the OR Society and British Academy of Management

Nelson Alusala

Dr. Alusala appointed as UN expert in the Democratic Republic of Congo

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Nelson Alusala has been appointed by the United Nations (UN) Secretary General to serve as one of the six experts mandated to monitor the UN sanctions regime in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Prior to this appointment, Dr Alusala has served on the UN expert groups and panels on four occasions. First was on the UN Panel on Liberia, under the UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1819 (2008), followed by three consecutive appointments to the DRC under UNSCR 1952 (2010), UNSCR 2021 (2011) and UNSCR 2078 (2012).

Dr Alusala has a PhD in Political Sciences from the University of Pretoria and a member of the Wellbeing Economy in Africa (WE-Africa Lab) Action-research Network, as well as a member of the African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE).  His current research is on security and transboundary governance, with a focus on the impact of regulatory instruments on the governance of natural resources exploitation and the wellbeing of local communities in Africa. He is also engaged in conflict risk analysis, disarmament and the promotion of practical policy formulation and implementation.

On behalf of the members of GovInn and the University at large, we would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Dr Alusala for this prestigious appointment.


‘Sub-contracting the public administration of water in South Africa: The metamorphosis of a policy network’, by Magalie Bourblanc in Gouvernement et action publique.

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Magalie Bourblanc published the article ‘Sub-contracting the public administration of water in South Africa: The metamorphosis of a policy network‘ in Gouvernement et action publique.

The role of consultants in South African water resource management is a striking phenomenon that pertains to all aspects of the policy-making process. At first sight, the outsourcing phenomenon seems to directly stem from the implementation of New Public Management reform in the post-Apartheid period. Yet, our socio-historical analysis of the State “at work” shows that this outsourcing phenomenon is actually part of the Department of Water Affairs’ institutional culture which, since the 1960s, has featured a tradition of collaboration with civil engineering consulting companies. Indeed, this interdependence is so great that it is fair to claim that the Department’s officials and engineer consultants belong to a common policy network that, through history, has been reshaping the frontiers between the public and the private. We examine the transformations of this policy network over time, stressing the influence of political factors on the evolution of the water policy configuration at various stages.

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Dickson Ajisafe graduates with a Master’s in African and European Cultural Relations.

ESA-SSA and GovInn’s Dickson AJisafe recently graduated with a Master’s in African and European Cultural Relations at the University of Pretoria‘s Autumn Graduation Ceremony. Dickson was the first Nigerian scholar to be awarded the Erasmus Plus Scholarship to study in Europe in 2016.




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Iris Nxumalo on ‘the role of the youth in African peacebuilding’ at the ‘Future of Peacebuilding’ event in Abuja, Nigeria

GovInn’s former emerging research, Iris Nxumalo, spoke to Wilton Park on the role of the youth in African peacebuilding.





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‘South Sudan humanitarian crisis’, by Emma Asige at SABC

GovInn’s former emerging researcher Emma Asige talked to SABC’s Morning Live about the South Sudanese Humanitarian crisis.

A recent United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan report has found that serious human rights and international humanitarian law violations have been committed in the country. The violations include targeting civilian populations and individual civilians on the basis of their ethnic identity and perceived political affiliations by means of killings, abductions, rape and sexual violence, as well as the destruction of villages. The ongoing humanitarian crisis has resulted in massive displacement of the civilian population of South Sudan.

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‘Repatriating migrants misses the point. Systemic issues need to be tackled’, by Chris Nshimbi on Power 98.7

GovInn’s Co-Director Chris Nshimbi talked to Power 98.7 about ‘Repatriating migrants misses the point. Systemic issues need to be tackled’.


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