Seminar: “The Rise and Fall (Decline) of Peacebuilding in Africa”, 29 July 2016, 11:30-12:30

On 29 July, the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, in conjunction with GIGA German Institute for Global and Area Studies.  will be hosting Professor Gilbert Khadiagala from the University of Witwatersrand. Professor Khadiagala will be giving seminar entitled “The Rise and Fall (Decline) of Peacebuiling in Africa” as part of the two day Legacy of Armed Conflicts workshop.

Full details of event and a description of the workshop are provided in the invitation below.

Date: Friday, 29 July 2016

Time: 11:30 – 12:30

Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria

RSVP: by 26 July 2016



“Regionalism and Integration in Africa: Euro-Nigeria Relations and the Economic Partnership Agreements”, 24 June 2016

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The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) in association with the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) invite you to the book launch of

“Regionalism and Integration in Africa: Euro-Nigeria Relations and the Economic Partnership Agreements”

by Dr. Samuel O. Oloruntoba
with discussant Professor Vusi Gumede

Date: Friday, 24 June 2016
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield)
RSVP essential: by 22 June 2016.

We are delighted that Professor Vusi Gumede, Head of TMALI, will act as discussant. Dr. Oloruntoba’s book explores the resurgence of regionalism in response to a faltering multilateral trading system, with focus on the governance of trade between the Global North and Global South in the context of the EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements. Oloruntoba looks specifically at the case of EU-Nigeria relations, examining the potential implications of the EPA agreements on Nigeria’s economy. He emphasises the importance of regional integration and regional trading agreements as necessary conditions for facilitating Nigerian economic development both at the national, regional and continental levels. Oloruntoba’s book also explores the history of EU- Africa relations as well as the dynamics of power that underpinned the EU-ACP EPA negotiations. The author underlines the imperativeness of credible institutions, building state capacity, diversification of the economy as well as trading partners as necessary conditions for fostering socio-economic development in Nigeria and Africa in general.

More information on the book can be found on the Palgrave website.

Launch of the “Economic Report on Africa (ERA) 2016” by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), 24 June 2016

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The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the Postgraduate School of Agriculture and Rural Development invite you to the Launch of the 

“Economic Report on Africa (ERA) 2016” 

by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Date: Friday, 24 June 2016
Time: 12:00 – 14:00
Venue: Room L1-70 Graduate Centre, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield)
RSVP essential: by 22 June 2016

African economies face risks that require special attention from policy-makers, including turbulence in the global economy. Africa’s vulnerability calls for a rethink of its broader development strategy. Despite robust economic growth in Africa (often higher than elsewhere in the world over the last decade), it has rarely been inclusive, the number of Africans in absolute poverty has risen and inequality remains a major issue. And because Africa’s growth has been largely tied to exploiting non-renewable natural resources—with minimal value added and employment generation—sustainable growth has been undermined.

These three strands—macroeconomic vulnerability, social inequality and natural resource dominance—weave into the argument that industrialization is critical for Africa’s structural transformation and efforts to create jobs, raise value added and increase incomes. Current developing-country models of economic growth, as exemplified by China and India, rarely account for the social and environmental externalities that exacerbate poverty in developing countries, Africa included. Given the commodity domination of its exports, its drive for industrialization and structural transformation, and its greater energy needs, Africa’s imperative is to adopt
green growth.

The report examines how greening the industrialization process can serve as an instrument of accelerated industrialization and structural transformation in Africa. A green economy is considered to improve human well-being and social equity, while sharply curtailing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. It integrates economic, social and environmental policies and focuses on new opportunities for economic growth that reduce pressure on the quality and quantity of natural capital systems. A green growth pathway will put Africa’s development on a more robust and sustainable foundation, since it not only accommodates growth of the economy but also prioritizes the need for restoring or increasing environmental and social assets.

EU-ACP Rethinking Development Seminar ‘EU Agricultural Reforms, Trade Policy Initiatives and African Agro-Food Sector Development’, 20 June 2016

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The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and
Postgraduate School of Agriculture and Rural Development invite you to a seminar on

“EU Agricultural Reforms, Trade Policy Initiatives
and African Agro-Food Sector Development”

By Dr Paul Goodison
(an expert on EU-ACP trade and development relations)

Date: Monday, 20 June 2016
Time: 12:00 – 14:00
Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus
RSVP essential: by 16 June 2016

The seminar will focus on the Emerging Impact of EU Agricultural Reforms and Trade Policy Initiatives on Agro-Food Sector Development in Africa. In particular, focus will be on the impact of the EU reciprocal trade agreement on Southern African countries in the context of the on-going process of EU agricultural reforms. Factors that need to be taken into account in designing and implementing smallholder development programmes if smallholder farmers are not to be left in a perilous financial position (e.g. Swazi smallholder sugar producers in Swazi who have been brought into the sector in the past ten years). There is also a need to try and ease the disproportionate burden which falls on smallholder producers through a better design of certain measures.

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Seminar: “Iran back in the game: a new power in international relations?”

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) invites you to a public lecture on the topic

 “Iran back in the game: a new power in international relations?”

 presented by Prof Foad Izadi, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran

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Foad Izadi is a faculty member at the Department of American Studies, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, where he teaches M.A. and Ph.D. courses. Izadi received his Ph.D. from the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. He earned a B.S. in Economics and an M.A. in Mass Communication from University of Houston. Izadi’s research and teaching interests are inter-disciplinary and focus on United States-Iran relations, U.S. public diplomacy and, more broadly, the role of media, culture and propaganda in international relations. His recent book, United States Public Diplomacy Towards Iran, discusses the United States communication efforts in Iran during George W. Bush and Obama administrations. He has been a political commentator on CNN, RT (Russia Today), CCTV, Press TV, Sky News, ITV News, Al Jazeera, Euronews, IRIB, France 24, TRT World, NPR, and other international media outlets. Izadi has been quoted in many publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, China Daily, The Tehran Times, The Toronto Star, El Mundo, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The New Yorker, and Newsweek.

Date: Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Time: 10:00-12:00 (Light lunch will be served after the lecture)

Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield)

RSVP essential: (by 30 May 2016)




“Education: fundamental to a countries future”

The University of Pretoria is proud to host a joint initiative by the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme in the form of the Kapuscinski Development Lecture 2016.

Prof Norman Duncan, Vice-Principal (Academic), cordially invites you to attend the Kapuscinski Development Lecture on the theme: Education: fundamental to a country’s future. The focus will be on education and employability and how this is fundamental to all aspects of a country’s development.

Top global thinkers use this platform to discuss development. Since 2009, more than 80 lectures have been held at partner universities and think tanks reaching over 25 000 people.

Date: Tuesday 31 May 2016
Time: 18:00

Cocktail after the lecture 19:30-20:30

Venue: Senate Hall, Hatfeld Campus, Lynnwood Road, Pretoria

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Dress: Day Wear

Enquiries: Neo Maseko, 012 420 2631

RSVP: here by 27 May 2016



“What next for environmentalism?”

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Institute for Futures Research will be hosting a debate entitled “what next for environmentalism?” which considers the relevance of the environmentalism narrative to a broader audience and the role of the environmental movement in the achievement of an equitable future. Issues such as the role of ecomodernism in creating a new narrative for environmental sustainability and the question of a more integrated view of the environment in economic development will form part of the discussions.

Participating in the debate is GovInn friend and We-Africa partner, Saliem Fakir, head of the Policy and Futures Unit at the WWF South Africa.



Date: Thursday 2 June, 2016

Time: 15:30 for 16:00-18:00

Venue: CSIR International Convention Centre, 1 Meiring Naude Road, Pretoria,

RSVP: Nazirah Davids,

Book Launch: “African Accountability: What Works and What Doesn’t?”


The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the University of Pretoria’s Department of Political Sciences, in association with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), are pleased to announce the launch of “African Accountability: What Works and What Doesn’t”, a book edited by Steven Gruzd and Yarik Turianskyi (Programme Head and Programme Manager of the Governance and APRM Programme at SAIIA).


‘African Accountability: What Works and What Doesn’t?’ focuses on political and social aspects to assess the current state of governance and accountability in Africa. While important strides have been made, governance reforms have been rather slow, complex, inefficient and difficult to implement.

This book seeks to explore and unpack some of these issues, building on the work of SAIIA’s three-year programme on Governance and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). Chapters by both governance experts and governance practitioners discuss continental efforts to set Africa on a steady and sustainable path, such as the African Union’s (AU) 50 year development plan, Agenda 2063, the emerging African Governance Architecture (AGA) and examine the interplay between the AU’s African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) and the APRM.

At domestic level, this book looks at a mixture of traditional and innovative accountability processes. To what extent do African parliaments hold executives to account, and fulfil their oversight mandates? How effective are African ombudsmen in promoting and protecting the rights of citizens? And new methods of holding those in power to account are emerging. Increasingly, technologies – in particular smart phones – are being used to monitor election results, survey citizen opinions and provide oversight.

For Africa to develop, it seems clear that it needs good governance. Without it, corruption thrives, maladministration is pervasive and citizens are denied essential services. This book examines where Africa is headed in the governance realm, and what lessons have been learned on its journey.

Date: Thursday, 2 June 2016

Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield)
RSVP essential: by 30 May 2016.

More information on the book can be found on the SAIIA website.

“Sport, Security and Language in African and European perspectives”

Student members of the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA) are pleased to announce their soft seminar to mark the European Union’s anniversary. Entitled “Sport, Security and Language in African and European perspectives” the seminar will explore sports migration from Africa to Europe, the multi-linguistic model of the European Union and its applicability to African regional and sub regional organisations as well as the challenges posed to Europe by radicalism and terrorism. The event will take place on Monday the 16 May 2016 in the seminar room at Old College House. GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti will provide opening remarks and guest speakers include GovInn senior research fellow John Kotsopoulos, Sofia Moeira de Sousa (Deputy head of the EU delegation to South Africa) Angelo Fick (ENCA current affairs and news analyst) and Dr. Samuel Adeyemo (senior lecturer at the Department of Education & management policy studies, UP).


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Date: Monday 16 May 2016

Time: 14:00-16:00

Venue: Seminar room, Old College House, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria


Update: venue change for “South Africa’s World: Perspectives on Diplomacy and International Political Economy”

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The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) in partnership with the SARChI Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy would like to announce a change of venue for our roundtable discussion in honour of the renowned academic and diplomat Prof. Gerrit Olivier entitled “South Africa’s World: Perspectives on Diplomacy and International Political Economy”. The venue for the 3 May roundtable discussion will now be in the Senate Hall of the University of Pretoria Administration building (Hatfield campus).

This roundtable brings together some of the country’s leading thinkers to explore South Africa’s foreign policy. Participants include Deon Geldenhuys (University of Johannesburg), Chris Landsberg (SARChI), Lorenzo Fioramonti (GovInn) and Costa Georghiou (University of Johannesburg). Elizabeth Sidiropoulos (South African Institute of International Affairs) will provide opening remarks along with Prof Geldenhuys. The last word will of course go to Prof. Gerrit Olivier himself.

Date: Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Time: 16:00-18:00 (cocktail reception to follow)
Venue: Senate Hall, Administration Building, University of Pretoria, Main Campus (Hatfield)
RSVP essential: (RSVP by 29 April 2016)