From 2 to 5 September, the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation hosted a number of academics, practitioners and students as they engaged in the migration conundrum in Africa and the European Union.
GovInn Deputy Director, Chris Nshimbi, contributed an article on regional governance regimes and labour mobility in Africa in the latest issue of the ECDPM’s Great Insights magazine.
Economic and Sociocultural Encounters in Borders: Experiences from Southern Africa, Perspectives from Europe, Asia and South America
This project is situated within debates on borders, borderlands, sub- and regional integration. It examines local, grassroots and non-state actors and their cross-border economic and sociocultural encounters and contestations. And the role they play in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and its integration project. The project also deliberately includes perspectives on borders, borderlands and integration in other world regions including Europe, Asia and South America. The aim is to not only enhance the understanding of Southern African borders, but also contribute to the attempts and formulations by scholars, policymakers, practitioners and ordinary people to make sense of the lines that seem to so easily separate and box people into mutually exclusive categories.
“But where are the workers? How the youth entrepreneur model fails in Africa”, by Pierre Girard, December 2017
GovInn and CIRAD research fellow and PhD student Pierre Girard wrote an article for the University of the Witwatersrand’s Global Labour Column at the end of 2017, titled “But where are the workers? How the youth entrepreneur model fails in Africa”.
The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) invite you to the launch of the Economic Report on Africa 2017
‘The Human Side of Regions: Informal Cross-border Traders in the Zambia–Malawi–Mozambique Growth Triangle and Prospects for Integrating Southern Africa’, by Chris Nshimbi, 23.10.2017
GovInn’s Co-Director Chris Nshimbi published the article ‘The Human Side of Regions: Informal Cross-border Traders in the Zambia–Malawi–Mozambique Growth Triangle and Prospects for Integrating Southern Africa’ in the Journal of Borderlands Studies.
On July 20-21, scholars from every corner of Africa assembled at GovInn HQ for a workshop entitled “Broadening the Debate on EU-Africa Relations”. The aim of this ESA-SSA workshop was to advance perspectives on EU-Africa relations from Africa and the African diaspora. Scholars had an opportunity to scrutinise underexplored dimensions of the relationship as well as provide new insights into more established elements of the partnership. At the same time, the workshop represented a first effort at redressing the imbalance in scholarship on EU-Africa relations, which has hitherto been dominated by writing from Europe. Most importantly, new friendships were made and commitments to further collaborative research solidified. Stay tuned for more workshops to come!
GovInn Deputy Director, Chris Nshimbi, working with an international team of researchers and experts has published the first ex-ante assessment of the proposed African continental free trade area (CFTA), using the HRIA (human rights impact assessment) tool. Chris brings to the team expertise on the informal economy, with a dedicated contribution on informal cross-border trade. The report provides nine evidence-based policy recommendations for negotiators of the CFTA. Follow the link to access the report.
‘The EU–South Africa Strategic Partnership and global environmental governance: Towards effective multilateralism after Copenhagen?’, by Adelle & Kotsopoulos, 06.07.2017
GovInn’s Senior Researchers Camilla Adelle and John Kotsopoulos published the article ‘The EU–South Africa Strategic Partnership and global environmental governance: Towards effective multilateralism after Copenhagen?’ in the South African Journal of International Affairs.