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Leading in Public Life
Building Africa’s leadership capacity with a focus on promoting accountability
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 14:15

For two weeks in March 2017, a group of outstanding emerging African leaders – drawn from government, civil society, international organizations and the business sector – will converge in Cape Town. They will participate in the third Building Bridges Leading in Public Life programme where they will engage with a wide array of public leaders, including former Cabinet Minister Trevor Manuel, Justice Albie Sachs and public intellectual Prof Achille Mbembe.

African Perspectives on Global Corruption
African perspectives on global corruption
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 10:00

African perspectives on global corruption was a joint colloquium hosted by the Journal of Contempary African Studies (JCAS) and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) on 22 - 23 February 2017.


Building State Capability
Building State Capability: Evidence, Analysis, Action
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 10:45

Building State Capability: Evidence, Analysis, Action by Matt Andrews*, Lant Pritchett and Michael Woolcock looks at capability shortfalls that currently exist in many countries, analyses this evidence and identifies capability traps that hold many governments back—particularly related to isomorphic mimicry and premature load-bearing.

*Matt Andrews is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and teaches a core module on GSDPP's Master of Philosophy in Development Policy and Practice programme.

The Imperative to Strengthen Our Union
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 09:45

Report on the Proposed Recommendations for the Institutional Reform of the African Union by H.E. Paul Kagame

As an outcome of the successful adoption of the Kigali Decision on Financing the African Union, the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State determined that there was an urgent need to accelerate the ongoing reform of the African Union, and decided to entrust the task of preparing a report on the proposed way forward to President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

To this end, President Kagame appointed a pan-African advisory team to assist with the review, with whom he held a series of consultative meetings to identify the African Union’s strengths and shortcomings, and consider proposals for reform.

MPhil class
GSDPP invests further in emerging African leadership
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 12:30

The GSDPP will welcome a new wave of emerging leaders from all over Africa into the MPhil in Development Policy and Practice programme and the Building Bridges Young Leaders Programme this February.

Graduation December 2016
Graduation December 2016
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 10:45

20 December 2016 saw Nkere Skosana, Lauren Uppink and Felix Mwenge graduate from the Master of Philosophy in Development Policy and Practice

LeAD Campus 2017
Develop your leadership, vision and business acumen
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 11:00

LeAD Campus - Global leaders for Africa's development - applications for the 2017 programme are now open


Influential Africans of 2016
100 Most Influential Africans 2016 – Meet the Guest Editors
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 09:15

Article appears on New African Magazine of 24 November 2016

Now in its fifth year, our annual edition of 100 Most Influential Africans aims to celebrate the 100 personalities who shape the year. This year, we celebrate those Africans who made an impact and made their mark in a challenging year. In compiling this year’s list, we sought the guidance of some of the most influential experts and global thought leaders in their respective fields, from Carlos Lopes to Bibi Bakare-Yusuf. Before we unveil our list of the 100 Most Influential Africans 2016, here’s a look at our guest editors. 

Carlos Lopes
Identifying challenges
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 15:45

Interview appears on Oxford Business Group, Cote d'Ivoire.

Carlos Lopes, Professor, University of Cape Town; and Visiting Fellow, Oxford Martin School, on obstacles and opportunities facing sub-Saharan economies.

5yr report
GSDPP celebrates 5 years
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 14:45

The establishment of the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP) is a story of sharing ideals, cooperation, strong
partnerships and hard work.

Not the death-knell but the birth pangs of a new inclusive UCT
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 15:45

Article appears on the UCT Alumni & Development website and is an open letter to UCT alumni, by Dr Russell Ally

Dear UCT alumni

2016 closed in a troubling way for many of you. The Annual General Meeting of Convocation had to be aborted and the Annual General Meeting of the Alumni Association had to be postponed.

Lessons From the 2016 Ghana Elections
The Many Lessons From the 2016 Ghana Elections
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 13:15

Article appears on Premium Times on 10 January 2017, by Samson Itodo*

*Samson Itodo is a GSDPP Leading in Public Life alumni

One month after the wind of change blew across West Africa’s poster child of democracy, Ghana, her newly elected president, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) has been sworn into office in an atmosphere of jubilation and elegance.