Organisations like the African Union must find a way to monitor countries' environmental commitments.

“How Africa can up its game to meet environmental challenges”, The Conversation, 11 February 2016

“How Africa can up its game to meet environmental challenges”

Organisations like the African Union must find a way to monitor countries' environmental commitments.

Organisations like the African Union must find a way to monitor countries’ environmental commitments.

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.”


Prince - Zuma 702

Senior Researcher Prince Mashele on radio 702: “ANC and Zuma attempting to undermine Constitution”

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.


Prince - Zuma 702

Prince – Zuma 702

Lorenzo's article in the Business Day, 26 January 2016

“SA must rethink economics and build a new social contact”,, Business Day, 26 January 2016

Lorenzo's article in the Business Day, 26 January 2016

Lorenzo’s article in the Business Day, 26 January 2016

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.

‘Colonial legacy of mining pioneers poses a dilemma for South Africans’, The Conversation, 25.01.2016

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

Lorenzo Fioramonti in The Saturday Star – 7 and 14 November 2015

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

Lorenzo Fioramonti Blog Network of Wellbeing

“Stop GDP to Change the World”, The Network of Wellbeing

Read GovInn Director Lorenzo Fioramonti‘s guest blog post on the Network of Wellbeing website. The post is part of the “Sharing the World” series, which focuses on the links between wellbeing, consumerism and the environment. In this post, Professor Fioramonti discusses the negative roll of Gross Domestic Product, and the need to move the focus from a production and consumer centred approach to one focused on the wellbeing of the people and planet.

Traditionally our societies have pursued a narrow definition of economic growth as a means to attain development. Over time, the means has become an end in itself. We now associate development with growth, although the two are by no means synonymous. More importantly, the very meaning of development needs to be questioned, as its underlying nature should indicate a process-based functionality rather than an end goal. Development cannot be the end goal: it is itself a process towards a higher state of evolution. How we currently measure this process needs to be changed, to move beyond the limits of GDP.

Read the rest of the article on the Network of Wellbeing website.

Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti at the meeting "Measurement of Wellbeing and Development in Africa"

“Getting real about measuring up”, The Mercury, 18 November 2015

Read about GovInn Director Lorenzo Fioramonti’s participation in “Measuring Well-being and Development in Africa” discussion, as written by Colleen Dardagan for The Mercury.

ICHIRA Tambo, who heads Japan’s International Co-operation Agency Research Institute, tells this story: “When I was a college student 35 years ago, I worked in facilitation, co-ordination and interpretation for development country participants in a training programme in Tokyo on underground water development.

“The students bought many electronic devices such as radios, televisions, calculators and phones. These were gifts for their families and friends back home. But there was one exception. An Ethiopian engineer did not buy anything. One day, I asked him why.

“I said: ‘Ethiopia is a poor country and your family waits for you and your gifts.’

Read the full article:


Transformation demands universities rethink their role

Fioramonti, Lorenzo (with GDPbook 6)

In his latest piece, Lorenzo Fioramonti, GovInn director, provides further insight into the recent student movements that have taken place at universities across the country over the past year, highlighting the structural challenges that continue to underlie many of these institutions.

THE student protests mushrooming across SA in recent weeks reveal a profound malaise in SA’s higher education institutions.

#Feesmustfall is just the latest manifestation of a deeper discontent that has been making headlines at least since the #Rhodesmustfall movement earlier this year. The uprisings underlie a pervasive dissatisfaction with the role of universities in our society that will endure for as long as we refuse to address questions of transformation, equality and opportunity.

For many protesters, this is “a battle of ideas” that aims to “decolonise” education. The intersection of social, racial and class dimensions, epitomised by the slogans “black lives matter” and “we have had enough”, is not incidental. Students demand radical change that can be attained only if universities rethink their role in society.”

Read the full article on Business Day, 27.10.2015

Growth without wellbeing brings no lasting progress, Business Day 06.10.2015

by Lorenzo Fioramonti, GovInn director

Lorenzo Fioramonti

Lorenzo Fioramonti

THE world economic outlook is pretty grim. Not only have we not come out of the 2008 crisis, but the deceleration of the Chinese “powerhouse” is now threatening to sink the global economy into a prolonged double-dip recession that may last for decades.

The Chinese debacle, just like the one in the US that started the global downturn, has been caused by the obsession with economic growth. Both bubbles overheated in the decades preceding the burst, fuelled by huge spending through the accumulation of debt. This madness was celebrated by mainstream economists, analysts, global institutions and influential media as a sign of progress: it was the golden age of growth.

It was a fake and some of us have been saying that all along. Not only did the global economy accumulate unprecedented debt, but it did so at a huge cost to society and the environment. The social debt is evident in the rise of inequality globally and within countries. Extreme inequality in the US is well documented and China is catching up. The most recent surveys of income distribution indicate that China is among the most unequal societies in the world. Moreover, the Chinese leadership fears that the social debt will soon trigger unrest.

Read the full article on Business Day: “Growth without wellbeing brings no lasting progress”

‘Why policymaking in South Africa has become more adversarial’, The Conversation, 10.09.2015

In an article for The Conversation, GovInn Senior Researcher Camilla Adelle discusses the problems that are emerging in South Africa’s public policy making arena, and the responsibility of the South African government to implement inclusive policy-making instruments to ensure public acceptance and effective implementation.


Adversarial policymaking in South Africa is increasingly playing itself out in the media and the courts.

In May 2014, new immigration legislation, which has been widely contested for its potential negative impact on tourism, came into force. The electronic tolling of the highways between Johannesburg, the financial capital, and Pretoria, the seat of government, has been so widely resisted by drivers that government was forced to cut the tariff by half.

Now, the City of Cape Town has taken the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to court for its allegedly unlawful decision to toll 180km of a highway in the Western Cape.

Read more at The Conversation.