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February 19, 2018

Building Rural Democracy

On 19 February 2018, Mbongiseni Buthelezi attended the Rural Democracy Trust's National Campaigns Planning Meeting, hosted by the Alliance for Rural Democracy. Objectives of the meeting: Reflect on major trends...
February 14, 2018 in #AfterCapture, News

Ivor Chipkin speaks at the Mandela Initiative Workshop

 The Mandela Initiative is a multi-sector platform to investigate and develop strategies to overcome poverty and inequality. The Initiative is a university-led national endeavour in partnership with the Nelson Mandela... Read More
January 30, 2018 in News, Newsletter, OIS, Uncategorized

OIS: PARI becomes a teaching department at Wits

In partnership with Wits University's Department of Social Sciences, PARI launches its groundbreaking Organisational and Institutional Studies degree programme on Monday, 5 Feb. Venue: Wits Club, West Campus Time: 09h00–13h00... Read More
January 25, 2018 in News, Newsletter

When it comes to connections, PARI does it up brown

To 'do something up brown' means to do it skilfully and effectively. PARI has certainly been both in making international connections, not least with the recent MoU with ivy league... Read More
January 25, 2018 in Cartoons, News, Newsletter, State Capture

This month’s cartoon

View Larger Cartoons by Carlos Amato, political cartoonist, and freelance illustrator and writer, based in Johannesburg. Read More
January 24, 2018 in Featured, News, Northern Frontiers, Reports

Journal of Public Administration reviews Mogalakwena Report

  "... from a perspective that most scholars in the discipline are yet to consider"   In a glowing recognition of PARI’s work, the report Mogalakwena Local Municipality of South... Read More
January 24, 2018 in News, Newsletter

Doors open for PARI master’s fellow

In the last stretch of her Master's degree, PARI fellow Jolandi Swanepoel has accepted a position at the Small Enterprise Foundation — a microfinance institution supporting rural women. It is... Read More
October 25, 2017 in Betrayal of the Promise, News

Betrayal report touches down in America

Ivor Chipkin takes ‘state capture’ and ‘elite populism’ on the road This October, Ivor Chipkin does a lecture tour in the US and Canada, and will present the Betrayal report... Read More
October 25, 2017 in Books, Featured, News, State Capture

How to Steal a City: The Battle for Nelson Mandela Bay

PARI researcher and doctoral fellow, Crispian Olver, launched his controversial book, “How to Steal a City: The battle for Nelson Mandela Bay” on October 23. Olver was a government “fixer”... Read More
September 26, 2017 in Events, Featured, Northern Frontiers, Organisational Dynamics

Report launch: The Mogalakwena Local Municipality

This report focuses on the internal institutional dynamics of the troubled Mogalakwena Local Municipality, located in the Waterberg District of Limpopo Province. The report traces in detail how local party-state... Read More
September 26, 2017 in Media, Multimedia, News, Northern Frontiers, Organisational Dynamics

Photo Essay: Mogalakwena Municipality

A photo essay on the Mogalakwena Municipality by Leon Sadiki. Part of the PARI project on Mogalakwena Local Municipality. 1 1 View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger View... Read More
September 26, 2017 in Events, News

Notes from #FreetheArchive

PARI was well-represented at the Archives and Democracy: Colloquium of Civil Society on 24 August, 2017. The day-long programme featured five panels discussing the apartheid era archives, the importance of... Read More
September 23, 2017 in Events, Featured, News, Public Policy

Public Service Reform Roundtable: Testimonies

PARI will shortly launch a major, new initiative on public sector reform. This comes in the context of the institute’s ongoing research into how government works and in the wake... Read More
September 19, 2017 in News, Public Policy

In the Media: Party political funding

In The Media: Party Political Funding Since PARI’s 15 August submission to the Parliamentary Ad Hoc Committee on political party funding, the committee has already met to review a draft... Read More
September 18, 2017 in Conferences, News

Rethinking Urban Global Justice

From September 11-13, Federica Duca attended the RC21 Conference in Leeds, titled Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An international academic conference for critical urban studies. Duca convened a roundtable “Elites and... Read More
September 18, 2017 in News, Newsletter

Internship at PARI

Waseem Holland has joined PARI as an intern for four months, and is currently engaged in a research project around state capture. From 2011, Waseem Holland worked with the Electoral... Read More
September 4, 2017 in Events, Featured, News, Public Policy, Seminars

Tracking the expansionary state: the evolving government machinery

PARI hosts a public lecture by UCT Politics senior lecturer, Vinothan Naidoo. Download the working paper here. The notion of ‘state machinery’ is usually employed to describe and critique the... Read More
September 4, 2017 in Events, News

Urban Anxieties in the Global South

On 16 August, senior researcher Federica Duca gave a talk at Urban Anxieties in the Global South, a project by Wits Media Studies and WiSER. Federica’s talk titled, “Macabre and... Read More
August 25, 2017 in News, Seminars

Podcast: Democracy and the Poor

Audio of a public lecture by Andreas Kalyvas.

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August 21, 2017 in Events, News, Seminars

GCRO Brown Bag: Regimes of Urban Public Goods

PARI and GCRO invite you to a brown bag presentation by Benjamin Bradlow Regimes of Urban Public Goods Distribution: Governing Johannesburg, 1990-2016 Date: 30 August 2017 Time: 13.00-14.00 Venue: GCRO,... Read More
August 21, 2017 in Events, Featured, News

The Politics of the Archive

Is it time to free the Apartheid era archives? Promoting open and transparent public record keeping for a democratic South Africa 9 am to 5pm 24 August, 2017 University of... Read More
August 16, 2017 in Betrayal of the Promise, Events, Featured, News, State Capture

State, capture and politics of ‘elite populism’

In South Africa today, analysis of current politics frequently invokes the term ‘corruption’ and the expression ‘state capture’. Yet both terms are inadequate conceptually, both on their own terms and... Read More
August 9, 2017 in Featured, News, Public Policy, Reports, SA Politics

Party political funding and the South African state

WORKING PAPER | AUGUST 2017Party political funding and the South African state PARI has prepared a submission to the Parliamentary Ad Hoc Committee on the funding of political parties. Party... Read More
August 1, 2017 in Betrayal of the Promise, Featured, News, Public Policy

Betrayal Presented To Parliament

Last week, Ivor Chipkin, as a member of the State Capacity Research Group, and along with the South African Council of Churches, made a submission to Parliament’s portfolio committee of... Read More
August 1, 2017 in Events, News, Seminars, State Capture

Seminar: State, Capture, Revolution

Wed 02 August 2017 at 15h30
C-Ring 315, UJ Kingsway campus
Presented by Prof Ivor Chipkin

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July 20, 2017 in News, State Capture

Conference for the Future of SA #OperationRecapture

The largest gathering of civil society organisations since 1994 convened at Rhema Church’s sizeable premises in Randburg this Mandela Day, to call for action to ‘recapture’ SA from the ‘power... Read More
July 20, 2017 in News

African Annual Youth Conference on social justice and democracy

African People Disconnect - AAYC 2017 The AAYC was a 3-day conference from 28 June to 1 July, featuring senior PARI researcher Alice Soares Guimarães as a facilitator. Organised by... Read More
July 20, 2017 in Books, News

A Journey through Wits #FeesMustFall 2015/16

A collected volume of chapters called Writing and Rioting: Diaries of the Wits Fallists is to be launched this July, containing a detailed account and analysis of the #FeesMustFall movement by... Read More
July 16, 2017 in Featured, News, Seminars

Democracy and the Poor

A public lecture by PARI visiting professor, Andreas Kalyvas 3 August, 5-7pm Wiser Seminar Room, 6th floor, Richard Ward Building, Wits University The lecture examines the hypothesis of democracy as... Read More
July 16, 2017 in Betrayal of the Promise, News

Ivor Chipkin speaks at the SACP 14th National Congress

The broad theme of the South African Communist Party’s (SACP’s) 14th National Congress this year was to discuss the party’s relationship with the ruling African National Congress, and whether the... Read More
July 16, 2017 in News, Newsletter

PARI collaborates with National School of Government

PARI has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National School of Government (NSG) to work together to develop a programme focusing on African governance and building capable developmental states.... Read More