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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: https://goo.gl/forms/qm1pvVCIDktZ1AgG2 by 14 August 2017.

Queries: neil.kasselman@governanceinnovation.org

 

INVITE – Public lecture by Mmusi Maimane on Economic Transformation (17.8.2017)

Book launch: ‘Wellbeing Economy-Success in a World without Growth’, by Lorenzo Fioramonti, 17.08.2017

17 August 2017

“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.

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.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: “Fees Can Fall”Student Award

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation in partnership with the action research network for a Wellbeing Economy in Africa is proud to announce a student award to enhance social and ecological wellbeing at UP.

We believe that the ‘fees must fall’ debate can open up space to turn our universities into places of ‘wellbeing for all’. We’re thus inviting UP students (individually or in a team) to design and implement innovative projects in 2017 that actually bring about social integration, solidarity, sustainability and equity at our university. Be creative: come up with innovative ideas to have a positive impact on the wellbeing of students and staff at all levels, and in any of our campuses.

For more information, see the full call below:

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Dr Bruno Losch on China Global Television Network

Bruno Losch, lead political economist at CIRAD and co-director of GovInn, based in Govinn’s Cape Town office at the University of the Western Cape, was host of Africa Live broadcasted by the China Global Television Network (CGTN).

In the video he discusses the recent NEPAD atlas on the emerging new rural Africa he coordinated last year and which was presented at the last AU Summit of the Heads of State in Addis Ababa. In this interview he insists on the importance of reshaping over-segmented public policies towards territorial approaches and local development.

 

You can watch the full video below.

High level expert group on the measurement of economic performance and social progress, Durban 2015

 

The Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi (SSF) Commission Report raised a number of questions about GDP, including its neglect of (i) non-market and social transactions, (ii) stocks and flows of physical, natural and human capital, and (iii) broad distributional issues. The OECD- hosted High Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic and Social Progress (HLEG) has been working on developing further the recommendations of SSF. In particular the suitability of GDP, and alternatives to it, for developing countries has been a focus of the discussion. At the same time, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process has been put in train by the UN system and has proposed a number of goals and targets as successors to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from 2015 onwards. All of this links to and feeds in to ongoing processes in developing countries to develop robust indicators of human, social and economic development.

With this background, the Government of South Africa, the OECD-hosted High Level Expert Group, Initiative for Policy Dialogue (Columbia University), Center on Global Economic Governance (Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs) the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (Cornell University) and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (Cornell University) are organizing a conference to bring together the best thinking and practice in going beyond GDP in the measurement of wellbeing and development in Africa. The conference was supported financially by these institutions, and by the OECD, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the International Labour Organization, the Roosevelt Institute and the Ford Foundation.

The conference organisers included the South African Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel, Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz, OECD Chief Statistician Martine Durand and Cornell Professor of World Affairs Ravi Kanbur.

The focus of the conference was on conceptual frameworks and on statistical systems for measuring human, social and economic development, and on tracking the evolution of multidimensional inequality and wellbeing. The agenda was structured around eight 90 minute sessions. The participants were leading analysts and practitioners to facilitate a discussion between methods and frameworks on the one hand and the practicalities of implementation and monitoring on the other and included GovInn director Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti. For the full programme follow the link here.

Fees Can Fall Prize to be awarded to innovative students

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The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) will launch a ‘Fees can fall’ annual prize starting in 2017. The award will target students who have developed innovative initiatives aimed at fostering wellbeing in their universities. The details of the call for applications will be published at the end of October 2016. Stay tuned for more.

Call for participants to join the WE-Africa action research network

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WE-Africa is an alliance of likeminded scholars and practitioners who share a common concern about the current socio-economic conditions in which we live and are willing to work together to promote a transition to a wellbeing-based economy for Africa. It is an action-research network, which aims to consolidate evidence for change while focusing on building a new economy and promoting alternative development policies. The nexus between research and action is a crucial component of WE-Africa’s work. The network also endorses the principle of transdisciplinarity, which underlines the importance of combining knowledge from different scientific streams (natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities) as well as from different sources of experience in society at large (outside academia) with a view to tackling the complex problems affecting our civilization.

WE-Africa is looking for up to 25 thought leaders and change agents from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa in multiple disciplines from academia, business, media, government or the public sector to support in the realisation of their change initiatives. For more information see the info sheet below or visit the WE-Africa webpage here.

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Further information for prospective collaborators can be found below in the call for applications.

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Wellbeing & GDP

Lorenzo Fioramonti, director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, gave a lecture on wellbeing & GDP in Totnes, UK, to the Network of Wellbeing.