Repatriating migrants misses the point. Systemic issues need to be tackled

In his latest Op-Ed in The Conversation, GovInn Deputy Director Chris Nshimbi says the decision to repatriate the migrants in precarious condition from Libya is a welcome pragmatic intervention that fails to consider the fundamental causes of human flight from Africa. Since the adoption of the plan, over 3,000 migrants have been repatriated to Gambia, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ivory Coast. The number falls short of the targeted 20,000 the AU wished to return within six weeks of adopting the plan.

Read the full article here: https://theconversation.com/repatriating-migrants-misses-the-point-systemic-issues-need-to-be-tackled-88809

‘Cape Town should serve as a wake up call for managing water in South Africa’, by Magalie Bourblanc in The Conversation

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Magalie Bourblanc published the article ‘Cape Town should serve as a wake up call for managing water in South Africa‘ in The Conversation.

Cape Town’s misfortune can certainly teach the rest of the country lessons. Among these is the fact that a problem can escalate quickly if there isn’t adequate planning. As a semi-arid country and the 30th driest in the world, South Africa is used to operating and managing its sophisticated water supply system under drought conditions. It is supposed to do this by planning for future water needs ahead of time and by swiftly implementing water restrictions to different sectors at the earliest signs of a drought

Read the whole article here: https://theconversation.com/cape-town-should-serve-as-a-wake-up-call-for-managing-water-in-south-africa-91107

Regional governance regimes to foster labour mobility and development

GovInn Deputy Director, Chris Nshimbi, contributed an article on regional governance regimes and labour mobility in Africa in the latest issue of the ECDPM‘s Great Insights magazine.

Most international migration in Africa is intracontinental, essentially occurring between proximate states in the same regional bloc. It is mixed, but semi-skilled and unskilled labour migration, and mobility involving informal cross-border traders and service providers merit special attention.

Read the full article here: http://ecdpm.org/great-insights/migration-moving-backward-moving-forward/regional-governance-development-africa/

Call for abstracts to the IGU Commission on African Studies Inaugural Conference

GovInn’s Co-Director Chris Nshimbi drove the creation of the IGU Commission on African Studies and invites abstracts for its Inaugural Conference.

Final_ Call for Abstract IGU Commission 10 October 2017)

“But where are the workers? How the youth entrepreneur model fails in Africa”, by Pierre Girard, December 2017

GovInn and CIRAD research fellow and PhD student Pierre Girard wrote an article for the University of the Witwatersrand’s Global Labour Column at the end of 2017. His article, entitled “But where are the workers? How the youth entrepreneur model fails in Africa” looks at the institutional structures in place to support youth employment in Africa, and where the continent is failing to ensure that entrepreneurs on the continent are properly supported.

The figures are now well known: 375 million young people will reach working age in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030, and for many their livelihoods will depend mainly on the rural economy (Losch, 2016). Facing the massive generation of activity required by these demographic dynamics, entrepreneurship has become the leitmotiv of many donors’ and NGOs’ programmes and projects, as well as public policies. According to them, the multiplication of entrepreneurs can meet the employment challenge in the African countryside.

 

The article can be read in its entirety here. Or see below for the PDF version.

 

But where are the workers? by Pierre Girard

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

Economic growth is a constant mantra of economists, politicians and media commentators, by Lorenzo Fioramonti at eNCA, 15.09.2017

GovInn’s Director Lorenzo Fioramonti gave an interview for eNCA concerning the economic growth focus of economists, politicians and media commentators.

‘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/

Public Lecture: “Economic Transformation in South Africa” with Mmusi Maimane

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) of the University of Pretoria, in partnership with Wits School of Governance is delighted to invite you to a public lecture on Economic Transformation in South Africa To be delivered by Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance.

In the face of worsening economic conditions, calls for economic transformation in South Africa are getting louder. Yet the meaning and nature of this remain largely unclear. Although there seems to be consensus that transformation is a national imperative, a clear vision for the economic future of South Africa is lacking. Given the importance of political parties in shaping public debate and policy, the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) has decided to host a series of high-level public lectures at which the three leading political parties in South Africa will be given a platform to outline their economic visions for the country, focusing on transformation. This lecture series is inspired by the publication of Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti’s latest book Wellbeing Economy: Success in a World Without Growth, which includes a section on how to change South Africa. After Mr Maimane’s main presentation, Prof. Fioramonti will provide a commentary based on the research conducted for his book.

Date: Thursday, 17 August 2017

Time: 18:30 – 20:30

Venue: Donald Gordon Auditorium, Wits School of Governance, 2 St David’s Place, Parktown

Seats are limited! RSVP essential! Click on this link: https://goo.gl/forms/qm1pvVCIDktZ1AgG2 by 14 August 2017.

Queries: neil.kasselman@governanceinnovation.org

 

INVITE – Public lecture by Mmusi Maimane on Economic Transformation (17.8.2017)

‘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