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:

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:

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: by 14 August 2017.



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:


‘Smart redistribution’ can make life better for everyone (including The Rich)’, by Lorenzo Fioramonti on 702, 01.08.2017


GovInn’s Director Lorenzo Fioramonti was interviewed by Radio 702 on ‘Smart redistribution’ can make life better for everyone (including The Rich)’.

It’s hard to have a rational discussion about redistribution in South Africa. So says Lorenzo Fioramonti, Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation at University of Pretoria. More often than not, frank debate is tainted by ideology, political score settling and, perhaps, a bit of racism.

If we are serious about building a bright future for South Africa, says Fioramonti, we need to bridge cultural and ideological divides.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Fioramonti for his weekly “The Science Of” feature.

Listen to the full interview here:

‘Why Kabila’s bid to remain in power is bad news for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’, by Nelson Alusala, 01.08.2017

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Nelson Alusala published ‘Why Kabila’s bid to remain in power is bad news for the Democratic Republic of the Congo‘ in The Conversation.

President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has barely five months to save his 17-year regime from a cataclysmic ending. According to the 31 December 2016 all-inclusive political agreement, Kabila should organise elections and hand over power. But in a recent interview, Kabila said he wasn’t going to “promise anything” on when he would leave office. This stand is in violation of the political agreement brokered by the Conférence Episcopale Nationale du Congo (CENCO).

Read the full article here:


Vaccancy: Communications Manager for the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation is looking for a communications manager to join the team on a two year contract. GovInn is looking for someone who will be responsible for:

  • Taking responsibility and the co-ordination of The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation’s (GovInn) websites and social media networks;
  • The development and oversight of communication strategies for GovInn in line with the strategic objectives of GovInn, and in line with UP guidelines;
  • The co-ordination of the Centre’s team to ensure effective communication;
  • The management of media relations, both locally and internationally, as well as the proactive engagement with external communication agencies;
  • Performing the role of Managing Editor of GovInn’s chief publication, the international journal, Solutions, which includes both an online portal and a print-on-demand magazine;
  • Overseeing planning and publications on an annual and ad hoc basis;
  • Providing direction, input and technical advice with the regards to GovInn publications;
  • Co-ordinating GovInn’s public relations strategy;
  • Co-ordinating the key events organised by GovInn, especially the annual Governance Innovation Week and the various events held under the auspices of Solutions.


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