logos seminar Gerrit oliver

South Africa’s World: Perspectives on Diplomacy and International Political Economy”

logos seminar Gerrit oliver

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) in partnership with the SARChI Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy invite you to a roundtable discussion in honour of the renowned academic and diplomat Prof. Gerrit Olivier.

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)


The eventswas co-hosted by SIWI, GovInn and the WRC

Rethinking Development Seminar: ‘The power of community: Water security in times of scarcity’

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation hosted the Rethinking Development seminar titled ‘The power of community: Water security in times of scarcity’, together with the Stockholm International Water Institute and the Water Research Commission. Mr. Rajendra Singh, The Water Man of India, presented his work on community-led initiatives to conserve water:

Rajendra Singh is a well-known water conservationist. Also known as “Water Man of India”, he won the Stockholm Water Prize in 2015. Previously, he won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership in 2001 for his pioneering work in community-based efforts in water harvesting and water management. He has been instrumental in fighting slow bureaucracy and  mining lobbies and has helped villagers take charge of water management in their semi-arid areas through the use of ‘johad’, rainwater storage tanks, check dams and other time-tested as well as path-breaking techniques. He is one of the members of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) under the Indian Ministry of the Environment. In 2008, The Guardian named him as one of the “50 people who could save the planet”.

Please find the pictures taken at this seminar below.


Book launch: ‘South Africa’s Agrarian Question’ by Hubert Cochet, Ward Anseeuw and Sandrine Fréguin-Gresh

South Africa’s Agrarian Question

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation invites you to the upcoming book launch of Govinn’s director Ward Anseeuw co-edited book ‘South Africa’s Agrarian Question’, by Hubert Cochet, Ward Anseeuw and Sandrine Fréguin-Gresh.

“The answers provided in this book will be of interest not only to all those interested in the South African experiment, but also to those who, in all regions, are questioning the mainstream agrifood regime and asking how it can be transformed.” – Olivier De Schutter, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food (2008–2014); Co-Chair, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems; Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.


Date: Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Time: 17:00 – 19:00
Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield)
RSVP essential: by 15 April 2016.

More information on the book can be found on the Governance Innovation website and the Publisher website.


Ruth Murambadoro


Junior Research Fellow


Ruth Murambadoro joined GovInn as a Junior Researcher in January 2016. Her work focuses on transitional justice, reconciliation and alternative peacebuilding mechanisms.

Prior to joining GovInn, Ruth was an assistant lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria. She completed her masters in Political Sciences with distinction in 2014 at the University of Pretoria. Her thesis examined the politicisation of reconciliation in Zimbabwe using a case study of the Nkayi District, in Matabeleland North Province. She received her honors degree in international relations and a bachelor of political sciences degree from the same university in 2012 and 2010, respectively. She also holds postgraduate certificates in conflict management, political psychology, post-conflict transitions, and international justice from the International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI) and the Central European University. She attended study exchange programs studying at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Clingendael, the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Center, Italy and the Central European University, Budapest, in 2012, 2013 and 2015, respectively.

Ruth is a young scholar whose work has been recognised by the African Studies Association, USA and the African Studies Centre, Leiden. She received the African Studies Association Presidential Fellowship in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Africa Thesis Award in the same year. As the ASA Presidential fellow she presented lectures at the University of Louisville, Kentucky and a conference paper at the 58th ASA Conference in San Diego, California. She is also a recipient of the African Pathways NIHSS-CODESRIA doctoral fellowship (2015/16) and the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa fellowship (2015).

Ruth is currently pursuing her PhD in Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, supervised by Dr Cori Wielenga and Prof Alois Mlambo.

Research Interests

  • Transitional justice,
  • Reconciliation,
  • Social cohesion,
  • Democracy,
  • Post-conflict recovery, and
  • Political psychology of conflict stricken communities in Africa.



Ruth’s publications can be viewed on the following links:

Kujenga Amani

Strategic Review for Southern Africa

African Journal on Conflict Resolution



Sylvia Graham

Junior Research Fellow


Sylvia GrahamSylvia attained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (International Studies) at the University of Pretoria in 2013 and completed her Honours degree in International Relations in 2014. She worked in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pretoria and later became an assistant lecturer, teaching Political Science and International Relations. Sylvia is also an avid student activist who was involved in the #FeesMustFall movement. She is currently reading towards a Masters in Political Science that focuses on the BRICS and how sustainability impacts global leadership aspirations.


Research interests



International seminar on Local Urban Food Policies in the Global Food Sovereignty Debate

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On 11-12 June 2015, junior researcher Koen Dekeyser participated in an international seminar on Local Urban Food Policies in the Global Food Sovereignty debate, organised by the City of Gent in Belgium. The City of Ghent partnered with 12 European cities in the Food Smart Cities for Development project, financed by the European Union. The project aims at fostering the role of cities in changing urban food production and consumption patterns by promoting inclusive, resilient and fair local food systems.

The seminar brought together contributions and insights on local food systems from Belgium, Kenia, Italy, Sri Lanka, South-Africa, Central-America, UK, Colombia and Spain. The essays from the conference are bundled to give an overview of the participants’ various research trajectories in urban food policies and examples of already existing practices. Koen’s contribution was in the Governance of Local Urban Food Systems track titled ‘How can local food systems contribute to food sovereignty?’, written in collaboration with prof. Lise Korsten. Specifically the role of government in facilitating innovating local food participation was debated, together with discussions on local-global linkages and justice.




Koen Dekeyser

Koen Dekeyser joined GovInn as a Research Fellow in 2015. His work is focused on food governance and food systems.