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‘Brexit opportunity for Britain to find the courage to change’, Business Day 27.05.2016

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In his latest op-ed for BDLive GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti discusses the upcoming Brexit vote and considers Great Britain’s often difficult relationship with the European Union. The article asks what “Britain can do for Europe?” in contrast to the traditional narrative of “what can Europe do for Great Britain?” and points out the Brexit vote is an opportunity to for British people to rethink their own governance as well as their relationship with Africa. to read the full article follow the link here.

 

GovInn and the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria honored to co-host the 2016 Southern Voices Network Conference

On March 21-24, 2016, GovInn, the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Wilson Center Africa Program, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), the Human Science Research Council (HSCR), and the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) hosted the annual Southern Voices Network conference in Pretoria, South Africa.

The theme of the conference was “Building Peace through Inclusivity: Strengthening Economic, Social, and Political Inclusion in Africa.”

The Southern Voices Network (SVN) is a continent-wide network of African policy and research organizations that works with the Africa Program of the Wilson Center to bring African analyses and perspectives to key issues in U.S.-Africa relations.
– See photos from the conference in the photo packet here.
Network of Wellbeing

Wellbeing & GDP

Lorenzo Fioramonti, director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, gave a lecture on wellbeing & GDP in Totnes, UK, to the Network of Wellbeing.

 

“The Lily Mine sinkhole is a metaphor for entire country”, Business Day, 26 February 2016

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“The Lily Mine sinkhole is a metaphor for entire country”

“PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address did not leave room for much optimism. The president recognised the structural problems affecting the South African economy, as well as the global instabilities that are compounding the domestic malaise…”

Read more at http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/2016/02/26/the-lily-mine-sinkhole-is-a-metaphor-for-entire-country

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Prof. Roberto D'Alimonte

Professor Roberto D’Alimonte visit to GovInn

The first two weeks of June saw GovInn hosting Prof. Roberto D’Alimonte from Luiss University in Rome. During his time at GovInn, Prof. D’Alimonte presented three seminars:

  • “What is wrong with the Euro?” on 4 August 2015 at the Old College House.
  • “Macho Politics: Power, conflict and scandal in the age of Berlusconi and Zuma” on 12 August 2015 at the Old College House, co-presented with Prince Mashele.
  • “Electoral systems and democratic accountability: a critical analysis with lessons for South Africa” on 14 August 2015.

The events were both successful and well attended, with a wide range of seminar guests from local municipalities, embassies to students and University of Pretoria staff. These seminars were well received, with Prof. D’Alimonte not just showing his knowledge of Italy, but providing lessons for South Africa. Prof. D’Alimonte based this on his own accumulated knowledge and on a seminar he co-presented with Prince Mashele on 12 August.

GovInn looks forward to extending this partnership with Prof. D’Alimonte and Luiss University.

 

Jules and Raphael with the seminar guests.

“The Circular Economy… In Africa” by Jules Coignard and Raphael Masvigner

On the sixth leg of their round the world tour, Jules Coignard and Raphael Masvigner shared their findings so far on circular economic models or “closed loop” systems. Their vision is to educate people on the transitions that take place from the linear to the circular model, and the relevance that the circular economic principles have across all disciplines and in all sectors. The French economist can be followed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under the company Circul-R or visit their website as they continue their 22 country, 17 month tour.

Jules and Raphael with the seminar guests.

Jules and Raphael with the seminar guests.

Jules Coignard discussing the circular economy.

Jules Coignard discussing the circular economy.

VIDEO: “Why greater equality makes societies stronger” – Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett keynote address at Governance Innovation Week 2015, University of Pretoria entitled “Why greater equality makes societies stronger”. The address was filmed on 3 June 2015.

“Gross Domestic Problem” wins UP Book of the Year Award

On 24 April the book Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind the World’s Most Powerful Number by GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti received the UP Book of the Year Award at the annual ceremony of the University of Pretoria. The award was conferred by the university’s Vice Chancellor and Principal Prof. Cheryl De La Rey and received by GovInn deputy director, as Prof. Fioramonti was overseas for research.

Fioramonti, Lorenzo (with GDPbook 6)

Read more on the UP website: 2015 Academic Achievers Awards

 

Channel Africa SABC

Towards an African passport?

From Channel Africa, SABC

At the just ended 24th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU Summit) held on 30-31 January 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme: “Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”, the Executive Council of AU deliberated on and requested the Commission to present detailed roadmaps for implementation of, among other flagship projects, The African Passport and Free Movement of People. GovInn Researcher and Co-Director, Chris Nshimbi, participated in panel discussion on the idea of an African passort on the African Dialogue program on SABC’sChannel Africa, 16 February 2015.