‘ISS Today: The DRC’s natural resources still awash with blood’, by Nelson Alusala in the Daily Maverick, 24.07.2017

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Nelson Alusala published ‘ISS Today: The DRC’s natural resources still awash with blood‘ in the Daily Maverick.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), mining communities mostly depend on their ability to sell what they mine to make a living. So they explore all options to reach markets – and in this game, the price dictates the source. Mining-trade middlemen in Goma, interviewed by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), say minerals sourced from non-compliant mines cost one and a half times less to buy than conflict-free-certified minerals. They therefore prefer to buy the former, eschewing regulatory measures such as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act).

Read the full article here: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-07-24-iss-today-the-drcs-natural-resources-still-awash-with-blood

“Alternative currencies are the future: why it matters for development”, by Lorenzo Fioramonti 2.07.2017

The Conversation has published another article by GovInn Director Lorenzo Fioramonti, who writes about the contribution that alternative currencies can make to global development.

In the near future, we will have a variety of money with different qualities and different purposes. This will make economies more resilient against shocks and will support more equitable and sustainable development, by putting users in the driver seat and reinforcing local economic development.

You can read the entire article here.

“Fixating on growth could subvert prospects of long-term prosperity”, by Lorenzo Fioramonti, 28.06.2017

GovInn Director Lorenzo Fioramonti’s most recent column in Business Day looks at new paths towards development as large-scale industrialization models are proving ineffective.

The recession has come as a cold shower to policy makers and their economic advisers, but only because they decided to ignore the facts. Whether they chose so out of expediency or sheer ignorance, I don’t know. About five years ago, I started writing about SA’s myopic approach to economic growth, predicting GDP would contract annually, leading to a recession in the middle of 2017.

Read the entire article here.

Vacancy Announcement: Land Matrix Initiative “Partnership Coordinator”

The Land Matrix Initiative (LMI) is a global and independent initiative monitoring competition over land use in the Global South. Its goal is to facilitate an open development community of citizens, researchers, policy-makers and technology specialists to promote transparency and accountability in decisions over land and investment.

In view of enhancing the quality of the LMI, and increasing its impact on policy-dialogue and decision making, the LM is involved in a process of decentralisation and expansion.

In the framework of this expansion and decentralisation, it has been decided to establish a Land Matrix Coordination Unit (LMCU). The LMCU consists of a decentralized team of five coordinators, each of them hosted by one of the LMI partners.

Please see below the full advert for this position:


Seminar: “South African Foreign Policy: Identities, Intentions, and Directions”, 6 July 2017, 15:00-17:00

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) are delighted to invite you to a Book launch on South African Foreign Policy: Identities, Intentions, and Directions with the support of the University of the Witwatersrand’s Department of International Relations & the University of Pretoria’s Department of Political Sciences.


Edited by David R. Black and David J. Hornsby, this book explores post-apartheid South African foreign policy, its identities, direction, and intentions. It aims to deepen the understanding of South Africa‟s evolving foreign policy by examining key bilateral relationships with both the global „South‟ (Brazil, China, Iran, the African Union) and „North‟ (Japan and the United Kingdom).


More information provided in the invitation below:

Invitation Hornsby SAIIA GOVINN book launch FINAL

‘As Trump smacks the climate, world must do better to save planet’, by Lorenzo Fioramonti, 04.06.2017

GovInn’s Directors Lorenzo Fioramonti published the article ‘As Trump smacks the climate, world must do better to save planet‘ in The Conversation.

As Donald Trump’s America drops out of the Paris Agreement, it’s high time to ask whether conventional approaches to sustainable development are enough to deal with the multiple crises facing the world. A shift to a “green economy” is essential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But more is needed to build truly sustainable economies, which not only curb emissions, but also drastically reduce all the negative impacts on nature and society.

Read the full article here: https://theconversation.com/as-trump-smacks-the-climate-world-must-do-better-to-save-planet-78567?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

‘Letter From Pretoria’, on EU-SA relations by John Kotsopoulus and Camilla Adele, 26.05.2017

GovInn’s Senior Researchers John Kotsopoulos and Camilla Adele the ‘Letter From Europa‘ at Carnegie Europe.

South Africa is experiencing a period of political and economic turmoil that has consequences for the country’s focus and consistency in its international relations, including with respect to the EU.

Read the full article here: http://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/70016

Join the The European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Promises of radical economic transformation is a looting mechanism, by Prince Mashele, 17.05.2017

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Prince Mashele gave an interview for News24 on ‘Promises of radical economic transformation is a looting mechanism‘.

It’s not going to happen. It’s a way of fooling black people so that they do not look at the looting happening in the state.

Watch the video here: http://www.news24.com/Video/SouthAfrica/News/promises-of-radical-economic-transformation-is-a-looting-mechanism-analyst-20170517

‘ConCourt judges face much more than legal questions in Zuma case’, by Prince Mashele, 24.05.2017

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Prince Mashele published the article ‘ConCourt judges face much more than legal questions in Zuma case‘ at News24.

The question is a moral one because fundamentally it’s about the conduct of a President who has been flagrantly injuring the interests of the country. While the justices of the Constitutional Court are men and women of law, they are learned and conscious enough to appreciate the contextual weight and social implications of their judgments

Read the full article here: http://www.news24.com/Columnists/GuestColumn/concourt-judges-face-much-more-than-legal-questions-in-zuma-case-20170524


Critical Perspectives on Globalisation

Critical Perspectives on Globalisation

3rd – 7th July 2017 Global Studies Institute of Université de Genève, Switzerland

This year’s edition of the GEM-STONES Summer School will see the GEM-STONES Doctoral fellows, along with selected external participants, gather at the Global Studies Institute of Université de Geneva for a week of lectures, PhD workshops and excursions.

Applicants are invited to suggest any presentation topic of their choosing that fits the broad session agenda of the Summer School, and selected PhD students will be expected to present the suggested paper during the Summer School in Geneva.

Travel and accommodation costs for the selected participants will be covered by the organisers.

If interested, you can find more information at https://gem-stones.eu/calendar/2017-2018/1st-gem-stones-summer-school and in the poster.

Applications will remain open until 31st May 2017, 13:00 CET, and should be sent directly to the GEM-STONES Project Management Office at pmo@gem-stones.eu.