Second day of the Legacy of Armed Conflicts workshop: Photos

Friday 29 July 2016 marked the second and final day of the Legacy of Armed Conflicts workshop being co-hosted by GovInn and GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies.

The second day started with two panels discussing veterans, rebels and militia, as well as violence, crime and reconciliation that occurs post conflict. Before lunch, Professor Gilbert Khadiagala gave the second keynote for the workshop, speaking on the relationship between peace building and nation building in Africa. His presentation drew quite a crowd!

The final event on the programme was a roundtable, moderated by Deputy Dean at the University of Pretoria, Professor Maxi Schoeman. The panel included Professor Annette Seegers from the University of Cape Town, Professor Brian Raftopoulos from the University of Zimbabwe and Doctor Hugo van der Merwe from he Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in South Africa, who discussed the challenges faced by peace building in Southern Africa.

Pictures from the day can be viewed in slideshow below.

“The Second International Seminar 2016: Sustainable Product-Service Systems and Distributed Economies,” 11-12 August

GovInn director Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti will be a keynote speaker at the 2016 LeNS project (Learning Network on Sustainability) seminar entitled “Sustainable Product-Service Systems and Distributed Economies.” The seminar is a two day event taking place on 11 and 12 August 2016 at the Sustainability Institute in Stellenbosch, Cape Town.

An invitation to the event can be viewed below, with more information being found on the LeNSin Project website.


Beitbridge Protests: Unrest due to Regional Disintegration

Following new Zimbabwe trade laws that limits the import of basic goods from South Africa, traders in South Africa and Zimbabwe protested these new limitations that are perceived to negatively affect ordinary Zimbabweans. In a a continent of increasing emphasis on trade liberalization and regional integration, these laws pose a limit to free movement of goods across the borders of Southern Africa, with the potential to affect livelihoods on both sides of the border. Junior Research Associate, Ruth Murambadoro, provided pictures of the events from various sources on the ground who were monitoring the incidents. The Beitbridge post has now resumed operations and over 70 protesters have been arrested. New protests have also surfaced in Harare with residents demanding the government prohibit the police force from mounting multiple roadblocks and demanding spotfines. Protesters are also demanding the government take action to resolve the political and economic crisis the country is facing. More protests are expected to occur as the civil servants have arranged to boycott work from tomorrow over unpaid salaries.


To read more on this phenomenon and the #This Flag movement, read Ms Murambadoro’s article published on Kujenga Amani.

‘Brexit opportunity for Britain to find the courage to change’, Business Day 27.05.2016

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THERE is much talk about a potential exit of the UK from the European Union (EU), which will be decided by British citizens through a referendum in June. There are a number of unanswered questions over how this may affect Europe-Africa relations.

The latest polls indicate a neck-and-neck battle, with voters divided on the issue in roughly equal percentages. Politicians are split between those wanting to stay in Europe provided that Britain’s special status is preserved, and those who call for a unilateral exit regardless of the conditions offered. Only a minority believes in the intrinsic value of a united continent. This is perhaps not surprising for a country that has never been enthusiastic about the European integration project.

Please click here to read the entire article.

Debate on migration

Govinn hosts critical workshop on migration

Govinn, together with the American Political Science Association hosted a workshop on the critical issue of migration in Africa from 23-27 May, 2016, at the University of Pretoria. The workshop included in-depth dialogue sessions between academics from a diversity of disciplines, universities, countries and continents, as well as a public seminar which brought together scholars and policymakers.

Prof Loren Landau, director of the African Centre for Migration and Society, Prof Francis Nyamnjoh, from the University of Cape Town and Dr Chris Nshimbi from Govinn were some of the prominent speakers in the field that shared cutting edge information on migration in Africa today.

Questions of inclusion, exclusion, identity, policy and the free movement of people across borders was discussed and debated, with a particular focus on bringing together the micro and macro levels, allowing people’s experiences on the ground to speak to migration policy.

This workshop was sponsored by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation and the American Political Science Association.

GovInn at EUIA

GovInn conference report: European Union in International Affairs 2016 (#EUIA16) – Brussels, Belgium

This year, the fifth biennial conference on the European Union in International Affairs, took place once again at the Royal Academy of Sciences in Brussels. Close to 400 members of the academic community gathered in the centre of the multi-facetted city from 11 to 13 May.
GovInn was well represented with a delegation comprising senior researchers Camilla Adelle, John Kotsopoulos and Frank Mattheis, as well as communication manager Gaia Manco. For the European Studies Association of Sub-Sahara Africa (ESA-SSA) the three researchers organised two panels on EU-Africa relations, which were well-attended both physically and virtually (with a strong social media presence). In addition, the researchers presented their individual research in panels ranging from climate change to interregionalism. The full programme can be found on the conference website.
The day prior to the conference Frank Mattheis also gave a seminar on Brazil in Africa at the Institute for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles for the GEM PhD school. The three GovInn researchers took further advantage of their trip to Belgium to participate in a workshop at the University of Ghent in preparation of joint projects proposals and activities with Prof. Jan Orbie and his team.

GovInn at EUIA

GovInn at EUIA


Report by Frank Mattheis, attending the conference on behalf of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), with support from the Institute for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles.

Land Matrix publishes its country profile on Zambia

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The Land Matrix, a global and independent land monitoring initiative that promotes transparency and accountability in decisions over land and investment, published its first country profile on Zambia.

For more information please read below or visit the

OSCE Poster

Event: “Open Source Circular Economy”

Share your ideas and collaborate with change agents in over 60 cities around the planet to create a low resource, zero waste society. In South Africa, we are launching three broad, long term initiatives. Come join our Open Idea Jams:

OSCE Poster

OSCE Poster


Open data & open source for Industrial

Symbiosis across the city

Open Source Circular Ecohome

All successful designs open sourced

and candidate for local manufacturing


Circular techniques to address

the shack & slum problem


Book your free ticket on



10-11 June 2016 | 10am to 5pm

GIBS, 26 Melville Rd, JHB



10-13 June 2016 | 10am to 5pm

Maker Station, 9 Plein Street, Woodstock


For more information visit


‘Brexit opportunity for Britain to find the courage to change’, Business Day 27.05.2016

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In his latest op-ed for BDLive GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti discusses the upcoming Brexit vote and considers Great Britain’s often difficult relationship with the European Union. The article asks what “Britain can do for Europe?” in contrast to the traditional narrative of “what can Europe do for Great Britain?” and points out the Brexit vote is an opportunity to for British people to rethink their own governance as well as their relationship with Africa. to read the full article follow the link here.


‘Limited food options take their toll on the health of South Africa’s rural poor’, The Conversation, 23 May 2016



Read Angela McIntyre’s latest contribution to the discussion on South Africa’s food security and health challenge:

Livelihoods and food environments – rather than personal choices – often determine the consumption of healthy or unhealthy food. In South Africa, for example, the particular challenge is that most rural people buy, rather than produce, their own food. This is because the country has an underdeveloped smallholder and subsistence-farmer sector and a weak culture of home food production. As a result their choices are severely limited by income, the retail environment and their capacity to produce their own food.