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Re-Inventing Africa’s Development – Linking Africa to the Korean Development Model: 21 August

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation invites you to a conversation with the Ambassador of South Korea to South Africa Dr Jong-Dae Park, on his book Re-Inventing Africa’s Development – Linking Africa to the Korean Development Model.

The book analyses the development problems of sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) from the eyes of a Korean diplomat with knowledge of the economic growth Korea has experienced in recent decades. The author argues that Africa’s development challenges are not due to a lack of resources but a lack of management, presenting an alternative to the traditional view that Africa’s problems are caused by a lack of leadership. In exploring an approach based on mind-set and nation-building, rather than unity – which tends to promote individual or party interests rather than the broader country or national interests – the author suggests new solutions for SSA’s economic growth, inspired by Korea’s successful economic growth model much of which is focused on industrialisation.

The open access book is available here: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030039455.

Date: Time: Venue: RSVP:

Wednesday, 21 August 2019
15:00 – 17:00
Seminar Room 1-09, Old College House, University of Pretoria Kirsty Nepomuceno, kirsty.agnew@up.ac.za

Call for papers: SDG 16 Symposium: Safe communities, just societies and effective governance, 5 September 2019

Thursday 5 September 2019

University of Pretoria

South Africa is in the process of completing its first National Report within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in addition to presenting its Voluntary National Review at the UN High Level Political Forum in New York in July. The University of Pretoria has over the past six months been working with Stats SA to contribute to South Africa’s reports.

This symposium—organised by the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the Freedom from Violence programme—will specifically focus on engagement with SDG16, and is an opportunity for us to share something about the process and findings of the report. We further want to use this opportunity to invite others working on SDG16 related themes to share their work and engage in a dialogue together about reaching the goal of creating safe communities, just societies and effective governance in South Africa.

SDG 16 is particularly pertinent in South Africa at this time, as the State Capture commission continues to unfold, crime and safety continue to pose a challenge and inequalities continue to riddle our society. During this symposium, we’d like to engage with some of the following questions:

  • what are the problems with the implementation of the White Paper on Safety and Security?
  • what are the obstacles to access to justice in South Africa?
  • how can we understand and/or measure corruption in South Africa’s formal governance structures?

If you are interested in presenting at this symposium, please send me your abstract and bio by 15 August 2019 at cori.wielenga@up.ac.za. Depending on the responses we receive, we will consider putting together a special issue of a journal or book volume on SDG 16 in South Africa.

Photo by Radek Homola on Unsplash

Call for Papers: EU-Africa migration conundrum in a changing global order

CALL FOR PAPERS:

 

International Scientific Conference and Workshop

EU-Africa migration conundrum in a changing global order

 

21-22 November 2019

University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu campus, Finland

 

The conference brings into conversation leading academics, policy-makers, political observers and practitioners from civil society to explore and examine the current EU-Africa relationships vis-à-vis migration. The issue of migration is challenging this relationship, whereas concrete efforts need to be taken in order for the benefits of the increased interaction to be better harnessed and the unprecedented flows of people managed. The conference will approach the topic thought the lens of border studies, an internationally recognized area of expertise of the Karelian Institute, UEF (Joensuu), in order to evaluate EU-Africa relations in a changing global order. An important aim of the conference will also get informed by lessons and parallels drawn from across Africa, and chiefly, the integration experience of the EU—particularly the Schengen Area—in moving from free movement of labour (only) to EU citizenship, as enshrined in Article 20 (1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Africa, in particular, is characterised by extensive interactions across its artificial and contiguous borders and borderlands, just as there are increasing migration flows from Africa to Europe.

The issue of migration is challenging intra-Africa relationships as well as its relationships with other regions of the world, such as Europe. Thus, the imperative to examine intra-Africa relations vis-à-vis migration, in the context of borders and boundaries and evaluate EU-Africa relations in a global order characterised by unprecedented fluxes of men, women and children between the two continents. In particular, Africa is characterised by extensive interactions across its artificial and contiguous borders and borderlands, just as there are increasing flows of migration from Africa to Europe. Several questions arise, such as inter alia; How should these fluxes be managed to promote socioeconomic transformation and development in Africa? What lessons can be gleaned from the experiences of the EU?

This conference is timely as it speaks to contemporary but longstanding issues that impact the continents concerned and the global political economy. Its outcomes and products will speak directly to and inform policy in a bid to formulate working solutions to these challenges. It will also contribute to ongoing discussions and debates in academia on matters raised and thus contribute to theory building. Moreover, the project has as its innovative strength, the proposed conferring of academics, policy makers and practitioners to exchange views, experiences and seek solutions to challenges concerning human mobility in general and the related issues of borders, boundaries and regional integration. The potential of networks that will also be built from this experience for future endeavours and development in general for Africa, the EU and relationships between the continents cannot be overstated.

Following the kick off conference hosted by the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation in Pretoria, South Africa, this second conference will be a two two-day event that will focus on human mobility and migration issues with respect to borders, boundaries and regional integration, and one international conference focusing on EU-Africa relations vis-à-vis migration and borders, under the theme “the EU-Africa migration conundrum in a changing global order.” In addition to the open conference, a closed workshop will be held in which participants will engage in detailed exchanges and discussions of issues framed out in the concept note.

 

PRACTICALITIES

  • The participants are encouraged to submit a full paper to be considered for an edited volume to prepared based on the conference deliberations.
  • The deadline for submission of abstracts is 2 September 2019.
  • Please send a MS Word document in English containing: author’s name, affiliation, e-mail address, a paper title, and a clear and concise abstract of max. 250 words by email to Dr. Jussi Laine at jussi.laine@uef.fi
  • The scientific committee will select those contributions which best fit the theme of the call for papers and selected participants will be notified by 12 September 2019.
  • Participants are expected to make and cover for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.
  • The participation is free of charge. Lunches as well as a conference dinner will provided for all registered and presenting participants.
  • Travel grants: there are seven max. 1.000,00 EUR travel grants available to support attendees. To apply for the travel grant, please include a short motivation letter of why you should be awarded the travel grant in the same document together with your abstract. All travel grants awardees are expected to submit a full-length chapter for the edited volume. Note that there may be more meritorious applications than we will be able to award. Grants are awarded to attendants only upon providing receipts of expenses made in light of attending the conference.

For any other questions, please contact Dr. Jussi Laine: jussi.laine@uef.fi

The conference is supported by the Jean Monnet activity within the ERASMUS+ programme Africa-EU relations, migration, development and integration (587767-EPP-1-2017-1-ZA-EPPJMO-PROJECT) together with the Joensuu University Foundation.

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Note also the VERA Conference 2019: “From deconstructing to constructing walls: 30 years after Berlin” to be organized 20-21 Nov 2019 in Joensuu: https://www.facebook.com/events/397685370954895/

GovInn Week 2019 – 24-27 September: Save the date!

Save the date!

From 24 to 29 September 2019, the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation will host the 5th Governance Innovation Week at the University of Pretoria.

More details to follow!

CE + EE 2019 Training, 20-24 May 2019

From 20 to 24 May 2019, the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) hosted a five day workshop on “Theory and econometrics of individual and collective choice analysis: choice and controlled experiments”. The course was designed and presented by CEEPA staff, including GovInn Research Fellow, Dr Damien Jourdain.

The course is designed to give students the theoretical and practical tools they require to analyse choices originating from stated preference (SP) surveys and controlled experiments.

More information on the course can be found at their website, here.

Multi-level Governance and Food Security in the GCR

Multi-Stakeholder Workshop – 17 April 2019 – GCRO

In the first session of the meeting Prof Jaap de Visser from the Dullah Omar Institute will outline the divisions of power between different levels of government and identify points of leverage that subnational governments have to influence food security.

In the second session of the meeting we will be briefed on relevant policy innovations in Gauteng on poverty alleviation and economic development. We will then work in groups to discuss how this connects with multi-level governance, the food security mandate, and the role of other stakeholder groups (civil society, trade associations etc).

Where? 
Gauteng City Region Observatory, 6th Floor University Corner, 11 Jorissen St (Cnr Jorissen and Jan Smuts), Braamfontein.

When?
Wednesday 17 April 2019, 10:00-14:00 (followed by lunch)

Please RSVP to info@governanceinnovation.org

Invitation: “Fringe Regionalism – When Peripheries Become Regions” 27 February 2019

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the Department of Political Sciences are delighted to invite you to a conversation on Fringe Regionalism – When Peripheries Become Regions. The conversation will be facilitated by the author and GovInn research fellow Dr Frank Matthies.  

Date: Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Time: 13:00 – 14:00

Venue: Old College House Room 1-09, University of Pretoria

Queries: kirsty.agnew@up.ac.za

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Invitation: ‘Freedom and the Liberation Struggle in Southern Africa: Recognising Guyana’s Contribution’, 20 February 2019

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“EU-Africa Migration Conundrum in a Changing Global Order”, 3-5 September 2018

At the beginning of September, from the 3rd to the 5th, the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation hosted a two day workshop and one day conference that focused on migration and human mobility with Africa and the European Union, and between the two regions. The event was hosted by GovInn Director, Dr Chris Nshimbi, and enjoyed input from a number of academics, practitioners and students, focused on the trends, impacts and future of migration in and between these regions.

Below are some pictures from the three days of engagement and dialogue.

SEMINAR : ‘South Sudan’s Revitalised Peace Agreement: Past, Present and Future Challenges to Peace’, 27 September 2018, 10:20-13:00.

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation and Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria and the Institute of African Renaissance Studies, UNISA invite you to a seminar entitled;

SOUTH SUDAN’S REVITALISED PEACE AGREEMENT:

PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE CHALLENGES TO PEACE 

Five years since the outbreak of the current conflict, the ruling Sudanese People Liberation Movement- in Government (SPLM-IG), and the SPLM-in-Opposition (IO) have yet again entered into an agreement. This seminar aims to provide an understanding of why crucial peace negotiations and efforts have been failing in South Sudan. Through a review of prior events, the many peace negotiations and deep-seated issues, the seminar will map out the complex journey that this country has travelled.

Presented by:

Prof. Martin Rupiya (IARS-UNISA): Styles on Mediation and Foreign Policy convergence in South Sudan, Uganda and Sudan

Dr. Nelson Alusala (GovInn-UP): Peace Agreements Image removed by sender. page1image1815488Process of Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) and Security Sector Reform interventions in South Sudan

Ms. Emmaculate Asige Liaga (Dep of PolSci-UP): Characteristics of societal- traditional peace and conflict Bottom-Up peace and peacebuilding strategies to meet the dynamic context of South Sudan

Date: 27th September 2018

Time: 10:30-13:00

Venue: Old College House, University of Pretoria

RSVP https://goo.gl/forms/ v1bvjSFvlkucZdQ33 by 26 September

Kindly address any queries to Ms. Emmaculate Liaga emmaliaga@yahoo.com or Mr. Alfred Matjila matjila@unisa.ac.za