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Redistribution the only way to stop the downward spiral - Business Day 21.01.2015

This week on Business Day, South Africa’s leading business newspaper, GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti -drawing conclusions on Piketty's research - discusses why redistribution is the only way to tackle inequalities in South Africa and worldwide: will the WEF listen? "One does not need a doctor

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Rethinking development seminar: Chinese Agricultural Investment in Africa

Rethinking Development Seminar Series Chinese Agricultural Investment in Africa: Actors, Modalities and Assessment 27 January 2015 SPEAKER: Lu Jiang, London School of Economics and Political Science Against the backdrop of the high-profile “reencounter and reunion” of China and Africa since

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Chris Nshimbi giving his presentation in Singapore

Voices from Outside: Re-shaping International Relations Theory and Practice in an era of Global Transformation, Singapore 2015

GovInn's senior researcher Chris Nshimbi took part in the International Studies Association (ISA)’s Global South Caucus (GSCIS) Conference in Singapore (8-10 January 2015). He shares his work and conclusions with us.  by Chris Nshimbi At the International Studies Association’s Global South

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Call for abstracts: IGU 2015 Regional Conference, Moscow: “Regional integration in Southern Africa”

17-21 August 2015, Lomonosov Moscow State University (LMSU) In 1991, the African Union (AU) through the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community (AEC) made a commitment towards integrating the African continent. In the AU's integration agenda, the establishment of the AEC, is the ultimate

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GovInn joins RISC

We are glad to announce that our Centre has joined RISC, the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion. Founded in 2007, RISC gathers socially conscious research centres from all over the world. Through the creation of a cross-regional and interdisciplinary ne

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Beyond-GDP in Africa: Innovative Ideas for a Regional Dashboard

On October 28-29 2014, GovInn, in partnership with the Sustainability Institute,  hosted a workshop that brought together academics and practitioners from statistical offices from Sub-Saharan Africa to identify practical solutions to measure well being and prosperity and move beyond numerical indi

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GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT: NEW CONCEPTS, NEW MEASUREMENTS AND NEW PRACTICES


How can governance evolve and innovate?

Can current crises become opportunities to re-think our social, political and economic governance?

Man pushing planet

The Centre for Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) is the first research institution in Africa dedicated entirely to governance innovation.

It focuses not only on cutting-edge research, but it is also an ‘innovation laboratory’ capable of generating new thinking about governance and development as well as attract innovators from all over the world.
In short, GovInn is an intellectual ‘inn’ for innovation in the 21st century.

At GovInn we focus on:

  • NEW ECONOMY: Alternative development approaches and new metrics of economic performance and well-being
  • GOVERNANCE OF THE COMMONS: land, food, water, energy, agriculture and natural resources
  • REGIONALISM FROM BELOW: regional integration, civil society, migration and human development
  • HUMAN SECURITY: livelihoods, people’s centred development and creative conflict transformation

 


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VIDEO Rising economic inequality casts a shadow on the WEF -SABC

Rising economic inequality continues to cast a shadow over the World Economic Forum, says GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti in a live interview on SABC news (22 January 2015). Oxfam set the tone earlier this week in a report timed to the start of the Davos conference: it estimated that the combine

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“Creating a More Egalitarian Society: introduction to the LEDDA partnership

“Creating a More Egalitarian Society”, by John Boik:  an introduction to the LEDDA framework and the LEDDA Partnership. Houston, 7.12.14

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Presentations from Beyond GDP in Africa: Innovative ideas for a regional dashboard

On 28-29 October 2014, GovInn, in partnership with the Sustainability Institute,  hosted a workshop that brought together academics and practitioners from statistical offices from Sub-Saharan Africa to identify practical solutions to measure well being and prosperity and move beyond numerical indi

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VIDEO: The Dark Side of GDP and Why It Matters for Africa's Future

Lorenzo Fioramonti gave the inaugural address for the Expert Lecture Series 2013 at the University of Pretoria on 14 March. The title of the talk is "The Dark Side of GDP and Why It Matters for Africa's Future". For more info, visit NEW ECONOMY, one of the pillars of GovInn work on Governance Innova

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The paradox of counting - 2013 Keynote speech at Sandton Convention Centre (IIASA)

GovInn director Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti gave the key note address for the annual conference of the Institute of Internal Auditors in February 2014.

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Frank Mattheis (left) and John Kotsopoulos at the ATLANTIC FUTURE second plenary meeting at FUNDAÇAO GETÚLIO VARGAS
(FGV), in Rio de Janeiro (22-24 October) with meeting organiser Inês Sousa from the International Intelligence Unit of FGV.

ATLANTIC FUTURE in action: Security in the Atlantic Space (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

ATLANTIC FUTURE second plenary meeting took place at FUNDAÇAO GETÚLIO VARGAS, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 22 to 24 October 2014. The three day event provided an opportunity for the Consortium to meet and discuss the results of the research, review the progress of the Project and to discuss nex

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What is governance innovation?
The term 'governance' indicates the complexity of decision-making processes in contemporary political and economic affairs. As opposed to the more traditional 'government', the idea of governance presupposes a fragmentation and diffusion of authority. Due to economic, social and cultural dynamics, no government nowadays can simply govern 'alone'. It is bound to share 'bits and pieces' of authority with other entities, from non-governmental organizations to regional institutions and private corporations. READ MORE


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