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Lorenzo Fioramonti presents his new book in Heidelberg, Germany

Numbers dominate global politics and, as a result, our everyday lives. Credit ratings steer financial markets and can make or break the future of entire nations. GDP drives our economies. Stock market indices flood our media and national debates. Statistical calculations define how we deal with clim

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Competing with Capitalism to Maximize Well-Being LEDDA framework on Thruth Out

What would you do to reinvent capitalism, to make it less destructive and more focused on what people really need? It's not that the benefits of capitalism are undesirable - jumbo jets and smart phones are sheer wonders - it's that the collateral damage is growing untenable. Democracy and the common

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How Moving Beyond GDP may Help Fight Poverty in Africa

In this policy brief for CROP (Comparative Research Programme on Poverty) GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti explains how alternative indicators are likely to highlight the important contribution of social cohesion and natural welfare to economic development, thus helping to eradicate poverty in th

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Monitoring and evaluation of a participative planning process for the integrated management of natural resources in the uThukela District Municipality (South Africa)

Monitoring and evaluation of a participative planning process for the integrated management of natural resources in the uThukela District Municipality (South Africa) By Mélanie POMMERIEUX, Magalie BOURBLANC, Raphaële DUCROT Working paper No. 2014/1 May 2014 Abstract This paper intends to monit

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Business by numbers can dull creativity of workforce -BusinessDay-

Fioramonti's article this week focuses on the dangers on relying on simplified figures such as GDP to assess the development and the wealth of a country and make business decisions. "When businesses base investment decisions on indicators such as the gross domestic product (GDP) they miss the fores

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Our mis-leading indicators: book review featuring Gross Domestic Problem

The book review website Public Books features GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti's "Gross Domestic Problem" in its article on GDP "Our mis-leading indicators". "GDP became the yardstick for measuring progress and still often serves as a proxy for overall national well-being. Policymakers think of n

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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: 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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Modeling Dollar and Community Currency Flows in a Virtual US County

"Modeling Dollar and Community Currency Flows in a Virtual US County Using Python.” A general overview of the LEDDA framework and the LEDDA Partnership by John Boik, author of "Economic Direct Democracy: A Framework to End Poverty and Maximize Well-Being". To know more, visit the LEDDA page on

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Gallery: Charles Eisenstein at GovInn

American author and de-growth activist Charles Eisenstein visited GovInn in August 2014. Eisenstein is known worldwide for his original writing and his criticism of the monetary system and of the patenting of seeds.

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Gallery: Vandana Shiva at the GovInn Week 2014

Vandana Shiva addressing the participants of the Governance Innovation Week 2014

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What is governance?
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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