Seminar Report: “Africa-EU Cooperation, Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s 2030 Agenda – An ESA-SSA Interactive Seminar”

Participants of the ESA-SSA Seminar

More than forty participants from different academic departments and professional backgrounds attended an interactive seminar held on 11 June 2018 at GovInn headquarters in Old College House, University of Pretoria, focusing on ”Africa-EU Cooperation, Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s 2030 Agenda”. The event was organized by the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA). The seminar aimed at analyzing Africa-EU relations of current dispensation to synthesize investment and policy action for the achievement of sustainable development goals on Africa’s ‘recipes’. The seminar considered strategic techniques on how to take advantage of the challenges and opportunities currently available to Africa to customize and prioritize its investments towards achieving the SDGs on the continent. Among other things, relevant youth empowerment and maximizing the strength in multidisciplinary research approaches to proffer solutions to various development problems in Africa with partnership support of the EU were emphasized as keys to achieving sustainable future on the continent. The significance of open lab design philosophy in the conduct and timely application of research solutions to developmental challenges in Africa was stressed.

Presenting at the seminar were Prof. Willem Fourie, UP Associate Professor and the Co-ordinator of the South African SDG Hub; Manuel Iglesias, First Counsellor and Team Leader at the Governance Cooperation and Social Sectors department of the EU Delegation to South Africa as well as two PhD scholars: Dola Adeboye from the Food Science Department, University of Pretoria and Felix Donkor from the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (UNISA), South Africa. The event was opened with a warm welcome by Dr Chris Nshimbi, the acting GovInn Director and coordinated by Dickson Ajisafe, the ESA-SSA Secretariat Coordinator.

Serving as Volunteers at the seminar were Francois Gilles de Pelichy, Bridget Meso, AneLisa Mbonambi, David Kabwa from Political Science Department and Anthonia Dickson from Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.

This report was compiled by Mr Dickson Ajisafe for ESA-SSA.

ESA-SSA Seminar: “An interactive seminar on SDGs and Africa-EU relations”, 11 June 2018, 12:00-14:00.



ESA-SSA Inter-active seminar invite

AFGROLAND workshop at GovInn on large agricultural investment and agro-food-energy changes, 15-18.01.2018

GovInn hosts a workshop consolidating the results of the AFGROLAND project on the 15th-18th January. The AFGROLAND project is funded by the BELMONT forum, the South African NRF, the French ANR and the Swiss FNSFN and looks at ‘African Food, Agriculture, Land and Natural Resource Dynamics, in the context of global agro-food-energy system changes’. Extensive field research on large agricultural investments was conducted in Mozambique, Kenya, and Madagascar.

More information about AFGROLAND can be found here:

The Governance Innovation Week 2017: Program

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation is proud to present its program for the 2017 Governance Innovation week.

What – This week will bring critical and cutting-edge scholars and practitioners together to debate and plan the future of governance and governance innovation in Africa and the world.
When – 27th November to 01 December 2017.
Where –  International Convention Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Click here for directions.
RSVP – These events are public and participation is free of charge. Since seats are limited, we ask you to RSVP as soon as possible and please do not leave your seat vacant out of respect for those who will not be able to attend.
NB: this list is non-exhaustive and will be updated continuously.


Monday, 27th November 2017

Start of the Wellbeing Economy Festival 27-29 November

More information about this festival can be found here (RSVP at full capacity).

Program of the Wellbeing Economy Festival.

Keynote speech

Tuesday, 28th November 2017

Keynote speech

Wednesday, 29th November 2017

Start of the Africa-Europe Dialogue Symposium on Innovation for Sustainable Development,
29th November – 01 December

featuring keynotes, panel discussions, SDGs world café, PhD & early career researchers academy, eco-innovation workshop.

More information here
Contact Fernando Diaz Lopez
RSVP by invitation only

Africa – EU Relations: Reflecting on Ten Years of Strategic Partnership Policy Dialogue
Time 09:00 – 17:00
RSVP Amy Giliam at

Policy Dialogue: The EU-Africa Strategic Partnership. Past, Present, Future.

Reflections on Building EU-Africa relations, from Cairo to Lisbon and Beyond

with John Shinkaiye (Ambassador, Nigeria, Former Chief of Staff to the AU Chairperson)

Ten Years of Strategic Partnership: Mission Accomplished?

with Wolfram Vetter (Ambassador, EU Delegation, Burundi)

Time 10:00 – 12:15

keynote speech

Thursday, 30th November 2017

(Transitional) Justice Policy Workshop
Time 08:30 – 17:00
Find the program here
RSVP Chenai Matshaka at

Keynote speech


‘Economic transformation in South Africa – A crisis of confidence, and production’, by Mmusi Maimane in the Daily Maverick, 18.08.2017

The Leader of the Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane, published his lecture given at GovInn’s event on economic transformation in the Daily Maverick. The lecture was co-organised by Wits’ School of Governance on 17.08.2017.

It is important to spell out our vision succinctly. The DA believes that South Africa needs three important ingredients: (1) a visionary and coherent politics; (2) a skilled and knowledge-loving population; and (3) an ever-modernising, competitive economy that creates jobs for all. This can be done only through the facilitative role of an accountable and technically capable democratic state with a modern outlook.

Read the full article here:

Book presentation: ‘Wellbeing Economy-Success in a world without Growth’, by Lorenzo Fioramonti at UJ library, 29.08.2017

GovInn’s Director Lorenzo Fioramonti presents his book ‘Wellbeing Economy – Success in a world without growth‘ at the University of Johannesburg.

Date: Friday, 29 August 2017
Time:  17:00
Venue: Chinua Achebe Auditorium (6th Floor) Auckland Park Campus Library, University of Johannesburg (corner Kingsway and University Road, Auckland Park)
RSVP  by Friday 25 August 2017 to Molefi Nyofane on



Book presentation ‘Wellbeing economy-Why civil society is the real driver of development in South Africa and beyond’, by Lorenzo Fioramonti, 25.08.2017

GovInn’s Director Lorenzo Fioramonti presents his book ‘Wellbeing Economy – Success in a world without growth‘ at the Centre for Contextual Ministries at the University of Pretoria.

Date: Friday, 25 August 2017
Time: 10:00 – 13:00
Venue: Conference Centre – Function Hall, University of Pretoria




Book launch: ‘Fate of the Nation: Scenarios for South Africa’s Future’, by Jakkie Cilliers and Prince Mashele, 16.08.2017

The University of Pretoria’s Department of Political Sciences, the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation & the Institute for Security Studies are delighted to invite you to a book launch on
Fate of the Nation: Scenarios for South Africa’s Future
Date: Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 (coffee/tea and light snacks to follow)
Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield)
RSVP essentialClick here to RSVP by 14 August 2017.

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: by 14 August 2017.



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