GovInn Director Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti

GovInn Director, Lorenzo Fioramonti, elected to Italian Parliament

GovInn’s Director, Lorenzo Fioramonti, was elected to the Italian Parliament under the Five Star Movement Party (M5S) in the country’s recent elections. Lorenzo, who is also Professor in the University of Pretoria’s Department of Political Sciences is a well-known academic in South Africa and globally. He has long advised many political parties on sustainable development policies and on innovative concepts such as the ‘wellbeing economy’, which is also the title of his most recent book, published in South Africa.

GovInn Director Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti


Lorenzo had this to say about his election, “I’m honoured that my research is now given a chance to become policy in one of the world’s leading economies. I’m fully aware of the need to change the world’s development strategy to achieve sustainability and shared wellbeing. I hope that my experience may become an example to students in South Africa and globally, that bold ideas can have a profound impact on policy-making.”


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‘South Sudan humanitarian crisis’, by Emma Asige at SABC

GovInn’s former emerging researcher Emma Asige talked to SABC’s Morning Live about the South Sudanese Humanitarian crisis.

A recent United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan report has found that serious human rights and international humanitarian law violations have been committed in the country. The violations include targeting civilian populations and individual civilians on the basis of their ethnic identity and perceived political affiliations by means of killings, abductions, rape and sexual violence, as well as the destruction of villages. The ongoing humanitarian crisis has resulted in massive displacement of the civilian population of South Sudan.

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‘Repatriating migrants misses the point. Systemic issues need to be tackled’, by Chris Nshimbi on Power 98.7

GovInn’s Co-Director Chris Nshimbi talked to Power 98.7 about ‘Repatriating migrants misses the point. Systemic issues need to be tackled’.


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‘The Repatriation of African Migrants’, By Chris Nshimbi on The Voice of the Cape,

GovInn’s Co-Director Chris Nshimbi talked to The Voice of the Cape on the Repatriation of African Migrants.

The December 2017 European Union-African Summit drew up an emergency plan to repatriate scores of African migrants held captive in Libya, and the crackdown on the people smugglers. On the face of it, the decision to repatriate the migrants is a welcome pragmatic intervention, but it fails to consider the fundamental causes of human flight from Africa. Drive Time spoke to Christopher Changwe Nshimbi, Deputy Director, Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, Department of Political Science, University of Pretoria.

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‘Guide for co-elaboration of scenarios: Building shared understanding and joint action for reform and security of forest tenure’, by Robin Bourgeois

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Robin Bourgeois published the ‘Guide for co-elaboration of scenarios: Building shared understanding and joint action for reform and security of forest tenure‘ with The Centre for International Forestry Research.

This guide aims to help field-based practitioners co-elaborate scenarios at local level with multiple stakeholders on forest tenure security. It is the product of the application of the Participatory Prospective Analysis method* (Bourgeois and Jésus 2004) in three training workshops, each held over five days. These were conducted in Indonesia, Uganda and Peru in the context of CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study project on forest tenure security (hereafter the GCS-Tenure project). The three workshops trained more than 60 people as facilitators through a learning-by-doing process.

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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.

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‘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

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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.

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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)

Article ‘Inclusive Businesses and Land Reform: Corporatization or Transformation?’ by Chamberlain and Anseeuw in Land

GovInn’s Associate Fellows Wytske Chamberlain and Ward Anseeuw published the Open-Access article ‘Inclusive Businesses and Land Reform: Corporatization or Transformation?‘ in the journal Land.

Inclusive businesses (IBs), embodying partnerships between commercial agribusinesses and smallholder farmers/low-income communities, are considered to contribute towards rural development and agricultural sector transformation. Structured as complex organizational set-ups consisting of, and overcoming the limitations of, standard inclusive instruments (collective organization, mentorship, supply contract, lease/management contract and equity), they allow for the inclusion of smallholders and low-income communities into commercial agricultural value chains. IBs are a way for governments to engage private agribusinesses in agricultural and rural policies. However, will the commercial sector, through IB partnerships, contribute towards the government’s transformation and developmental objectives? Based on case studies in South Africa—a country engaged in land and agrarian reforms—the effects of IBs at the project level appear positive, illustrated by an increase in production and growth in agricultural assets. However, individual beneficiaries experience only a marginal change in income and livelihoods. Whereas land reform, project development and market integration are generally achieved, the transformation and beneficiary development objectives are compromised. Although commercial agribusinesses contribute to investment needs in the sector and smallholder exposure to commercial markets, IB partnerships allow commercial entities control over the smallholders’ assets. Ownership and secure rights, especially of land, and support of external parties to capacitate beneficiaries and adjust power asymmetries, are essential starting points. Without these aspects, IBs will not lead to effective transformation and development.

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