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.

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‘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

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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 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


Rural employment and agricultural models

GovInn was involved in a Conference – Debate organised by the European Parliament in Brussels on May 10th, 2017, on the strong linkages between agricultural development and job creation, notably for youth.

With between 50 to 70{4b05898ae60f9b5e2d93b69cb2027f6f0d06dfa7d8f8611bbe8472c2532adfa6} of the labour force engaged in agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa, depending on the country and region (with a few exceptions), agriculture will remain a major sector for income generating activities and employment.

For the 240 million rural youth entering the labour market by 2030 in the sub-continent, different agricultural models will have different impacts on employment; and policy makers must tailor adequate public policies in accordance with the local challenges.

GovInn’s co-director, Bruno Losch, prepared a poster  with Fati N’zi-Hassane, Chief of Staff of NEPAD Executive Secretary and Head of NEPAD’s Human Capital Development Programme, Jérémy Bourgoin and Denis Pesche (Cirad). The poster was presented by Dr. N’zi-Hassane after her lecture.


Participants of the conference "ONE World No Hunger" hand over the "Berlin Charter" to Minister Muller.

The Berlin Charter on “Creating opportunities for the young generation in the rural world”

Bruno Losch, GovInn’s co-director, participated in the International Conference on The Future of the Rural World (Berlin, April 27-28) organized within the framework of the German G20 Presidency.

Bruno Losch was part of the International Advisory Committee in charge of drafting the Berlin Charter: “Creating opportunities for the young generation in the rural world“. The Charter was discussed through an open web based dialogue, amended, and then submitted to the Conference. Participants worked in six parallel thematic Charter Fora which provided final revisions. Bruno Losch was the advocate of the Charter Fora session on Entrepreneurship, jobs and skills. His testimony was shared along with the other advocates – including University of Pretoria’s Sheryl Hendricks – in a video presented to the audience.

The Charter was then approved by the Conference (the final version is here) and handed over to Dr. Gerd Müller, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The Charter calls on all stakeholders – national governments, development partners and finance institutions, the private sector, civil society and youth  – for transformative change and to commit to significant, quantified and time-bound targets in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It particularly addresses the situation of people suffering hunger and undernutrition and the need for concerted political and humanitarian actions to immediately end the current food crises situations in Africa.

The Charter focuses on the critical importance of access to innovative education and training as well as information and communication technologies (ICTs) for youth and young entrepreneurs. It reminds the role of infrastructure and services in rural areas and the necessary change of perspective about the potential of rural areas in school, politics and the media. As highlighted by Losch, an important result of the Berlin Charter is that “it puts upfront the need to reinvest and invest in development strategies. We need to understand the processes underway in order to engage in better policy making”.

Bruno Losch also particpated in a parallel panel session titled “Decent Jobs for Youth in the Rural Economy” organized by FAO and ILO. More information can be found on the International Labour Organisation website.

For more information of the initiative, visit the website for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the website of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security.


Cape Town Book Launch: “The World after GDP”


You are invited to join us on 11 May 2017 at 18:00 for the Cape Town launch of GovInn director Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti‘s latest book, “The world after GDP”. The launch will take place at 129 Rochester Road, Observatory.

ILO Employment Research Brief

“+789 Million and Counting: the sub-Saharan African Equation”: ILO Employment Research Brief by Dr Bruno Losch

ILO (the International Labour Office) just released an Employment Research Brief titled: “+789 Million and Counting: the sub-Saharan African Equation” prepared with Bruno Losch, GovInn’s co-director.
This 8-pager is based on an ILO working paper published last November by Bruno Losch (Structural transformation to boost labour demand in sub-Saharan Africa: the role of agriculture, rural areas, and territorial development”). This brief focuses on SSA’s equation of providing quality jobs for a rapidly expanding and young labour force, in a context of limited economic diversification, critically challenged education systems, and under the constraints of increasing competition and climate change. 789 million is the expected increase of SSA’s labour force by 2050 and represents 62{4b05898ae60f9b5e2d93b69cb2027f6f0d06dfa7d8f8611bbe8472c2532adfa6} of the labour force growth worldwide.

The employment challenge in Africa is persistent and unique. It is not solely a challenge of unemployment, but one of providing quality jobs for a rapidly expanding, and markedly young, labour force. This research brief explores the opportunities that economic diversification offer to foster structural transformation in sub-Saharan Africa. It highlights three interconnected actions needed to achieve this goal: (i) supporting evidence-based multi-sectoral development strategies; (ii) supporting family farmers and diversification of rural incomes; and (iii) strengthening rural-urban linkages and promoting territorial policies.


To read the full document, see below: ILO_Research BRIEF Losch

‘Rwanda & South Africa: a long road from truth to reconciliation’ by Cori Wielenga, The Conversation, 06.04.2017

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Cori Wielenga published the article ‘Rwanda & South Africa: a long road from truth to reconciliation‘ in The Conversation.

Rwanda took a different path. It focused on establishing individual perpetrators’ accountability for genocide crimes. Many were unsettled by this rigorous quest. There were calls for Rwanda to mimic South Africa and take the route of amnesty in exchange for truth. That would have assumed the wounds of the violent massacre of possibly a million people in three months were identical to the wounds of apartheid. I don’t want to suggest for a moment that wounds left by Rwanda’s genocide were harder to heal than those left by apartheid. But it’s critical to understand that they left behind different kinds of devastations.

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‘Can the relationship between Europe and Africa stand the test of time?’, The Conversation, 29.03.2017

Govinn’s Senior Researcher  published the article ‘Can the relationship between Europe and Africa stand the test of time?‘ in The Conversation.

Controversially, the agreement served to perpetuate African dependency on Europe. Even the Lome Convention’s much touted “non-reciprocal” principle, which was supposed to nurture African industries, further attached them to Europe. The convention eventually met strong criticism as a system of “collective clientelism”, which was perpetuating dependency and “elite capture” in Africa. This contradictory relationship between dependency and progressive thinking has made Africans understandably circumspect.

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Mmusi, make an example of Helen Zille by Prince Mashele, 27.03.2017

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Prince Mashele published the article “Mmusi, make an example of Helen Zille” in the Sowetan.

Zille adduces modern infrastructure as evidence of the benevolence of colonialism. The idea is to polish and give colonialism a new glossy look. This is meant to erase the memory of black people, to make us forget that it is Zille’s very same colonialism that facilitated the grand-scale land dispossession of Africans.

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