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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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How numbers rule the world at Free University, Berlin

On 4 September 2014 GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti presented his latest book "How numbers rule the world" at the Free University in Berlin. The lecture was organised by The Berlin Forum On Global Politics

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Framing Environmental Problems by Magalie Bourblanc

"Framing Environmental Problems: Problem Entrepreneurs and the Issue of Water Pollution from Agriculture in Brittany, 1970–2005" by GovInn researcher Magalie Bourblanc was included in the special selection that the Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning on the occasion of the The 9th Inter

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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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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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Gallery: Re-live the Governance Innovation Week 2014

A few moments 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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