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:

Main contact:

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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Foresight4food: Three lessons for better fishing

Decades of negative communication about hunger and hopelessness in developing countries has resulted in a general public’s perception that the fight against poverty does not work. There is a need to have new narratives that show that it is possible to change the world. People are searching for meaning and purpose in their lives – lives that are not solely defined by economics and business, but which also encompasses social cultural and environmental aspects, wrote Myriam Perez (Director of YPARD).


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‘The African Continental Free Trade Area: An Opportunity for Informal Cross-Border Trade’, by Lily Sommer and Chris Nshimbi.

GovInn’s Director Chris Nshimbi co-authored together with Lily Sommer the article ‘The African Continental Free Trade Area: An Opportunity for Informal Cross-Border Trade‘ in Bridges Africa.

Informal cross-border trade (ICBT) can play a key role towards the attainment of the continent’s structural transformation and poverty reduction objectives contained in the African Union’s Agenda 2063. The informal economy employs the majority of Africans. A large share of people engaged in the informal economy operate as informal cross-border traders. ICBT contributes about 30-40 percent of total intra-regional trade in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and 40 percent in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region.[1]

In the absence of sufficient formal economic opportunities, ICBT is crucial to addressing vital issues of income generation, job creation, and food security, particularly for Africa’s most vulnerable people, such as women and youth, who usually constitute the majority of informal cross-border traders. In West and Central Africa, women represent nearly 60 percent of informal traders. In Southern Africa, they represent about 70 percent of them.[2] ICBT, which has proven to be more responsive to food crises and shocks when compared to formal trade, is largely practiced by the officially unemployed and micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), and is therefore also important for strategies of inclusion.

What may come as a surprise is that ICBT also offers significant opportunities in terms of economic diversification, value addition, and the development of competitive cross-border value chains. This is because the scope of ICBT is wide and extends beyond basic agricultural products, such as maize and raw milk, to also include manufactured goods (e.g. processed foods, clothes, electronics and car spares) and services (e.g. bicycle and car repairs, hairdressing, and artisanal work).

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GovInn and ESA-SSA at European Union in International Affairs 2018 (#EUIA18) – Brussels, Belgium

GovInn and ESA-SSA at EUIA

This year, the sixth conference on the European Union in International Affairs (EUIA) took place once again at the Royal Academy of Sciences in Brussels (Belgium). Over 300 members of the academic community gathered in the centre of the European city from 16 to 18 May 2018.

As in the previous 2016 edition, GovInn was well represented with a delegation comprising research fellows John Kotsopoulos and Frank Mattheis. For the European Studies Association of Sub-Sahara Africa (ESA-SSA) the two researchers organised a panel on rethinking EU-Africa relations, which was well-attended and covered in social media. In addition to presenting their research stemming from GovInn’s research project “EU-Africa Relations in a Changing Global Order (ERGO)”, the two researchers also served as discussants in this and another panel. The full programme can be found on the conference website.

The conference was also an ideal venue to advertise the ESA-SSA network to new members and to advance collaboration plans, ranging from joint future workshops to a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding in the making between the University of Marburg(Germany), the Catholic University of East Africa (Kenya) and GovInn.

The EUIA Conference is organised every two years by the Institut d’Études Européennes at the Université Libre de Bruxelles(IEE-ULB), the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel(IES-VUB), theUnited Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies(UNU-CRIS) and Egmont – the Royal Institute for International Relations.

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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