Evaluating ‘home grown’ research networks in Africa.

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Camilla Adelle published together with Nico Elema, Ereck Chakauya and David Benson the article ” Evaluating ‘home grown’ research networks in Africa” in the South African Journal of Science.


Attempts to improve the policy environment have led to a growing pressure on governments in Africa to embark on policymaking that is more evidence based and considers a wide spectrum of scientific and indigenous knowledge. Local – or ‘homegrown’ – research networks on the continent can help strengthen the role of scientific knowledge in policymaking by increasing the capacity of researchers and by enhancing the visibility and communication of the research produced. While a large number of regional and sub-regional research networks have sprung up in Africa, the mere existence of networks does not guarantee their success. In reality, the impact of research networks on the science-policy interface depends on how well the networks operate in practice. We present a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of research networks in a way that is comparable across networks.




Read the full article here: https://www.sajs.co.za/article/view/4814


Iris Nxumalo on ‘the role of the youth in African peacebuilding’ at the ‘Future of Peacebuilding’ event in Abuja, Nigeria

GovInn’s former emerging research, Iris Nxumalo, spoke to Wilton Park on the role of the youth in African peacebuilding.





Watch the full clip here: https://twitter.com/WiltonPark/status/976790070823936000

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.”


Read the full article here: http://www.up.ac.za/en/news/post_2649596-up-professor-elected-to-italian-parliament

‘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.

Watch the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZYNW8gzhxo&feature=youtu.be

‘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’.


Listen to the full interview here:  https://soundcloud.com/powerfm987/chris-changwe-nshimbi_repatriating-migrants-misses-the-point-systemic-issues-need-to-be-tackled


‘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.

Listen to the full interview herehttps://iono.fm/e/533936


‘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.

Read the full publication here: http://www.cifor.org/publications/pdf_files/Books/BBourgeois1701.pdf

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.

Read the full article here: https://theconversation.com/repatriating-migrants-misses-the-point-systemic-issues-need-to-be-tackled-88809

‘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

Read the whole article here: https://theconversation.com/cape-town-should-serve-as-a-wake-up-call-for-managing-water-in-south-africa-91107

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.

Read the full article here: http://ecdpm.org/great-insights/migration-moving-backward-moving-forward/regional-governance-development-africa/