Re-imagining the State and Civil Society

27 Feb 2024
Dev Gov
27 Feb 2024

The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town, is pleased to announce that it will once again deliver its course, Democratic Governance: Re-imagining the State and Civil Society, during October 2024 (date to be confirmed).

Field trip
The inaugural course took place 13 – 17 March 2023 (Cape Town) and was attended by 22 participants from across the African continent.

With the global citizenry currently facing a series of overlapping and lethal political, economic, and environmental crises, students need to develop a more cross-disciplinary understanding of their country contexts, to assist in modelling multi-layered policy solutions to these pressing global challenges.

As part of the School’s thematic focus on Democratic Governance, the upcoming iteration of the course will consider models of implementation, highlighting theories and approaches to understanding governance, and the role of civil societies in building resilient democracies.  

The programme
The course will examine both the theoretical and practical challenges of building democratic governance and vibrant civil societies in order to construct national public spheres based more on consent and legitimacy than force and repression. The programme will draw on a combination of academic literature, policy documents and the praxis of case studies.

The course will be delivered as a 5-day, face-to-face, residential learning engagement, hosted in Cape Town, South Africa. For more information on the objectives and design of the programme, please see the course flyer. 

Who should apply 
The target audience for the course is civil society and trade union activists.

If you are interested in broadening your understanding of democratic governance, reflecting on the complex challenges currently facing society, and an opportunity to forge new partnerships that will assist you in reimagining strategies for addressing the challenges in your context of work to make a meaningful impact, this course is for you.

How to apply
Kindly complete the following expression of interest form should you wish to apply. 

The course fee (R 21 250 (ZAR) includes learning materials and conferencing (including tea and lunch). Accommodation, travel to and from Cape Town, and visa related costs are for participants own expense.

We regret that we do not have any scholarships available for this course, at this time.

About the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance

The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance is located at the globally recognised University of Cape Town (UCT). The mission of the Nelson Mandela School is to build inclusive, developmental, entrepreneurial and effective democratic African public institutions and strengthen ethical leadership for social change and sustainable development, in partnership with government, private sector and civil society. 

The School is founded on five thematic pillars, which govern all aspects of the Schools activities:

  • democratic governance
  • the AfCFTA and developmental regionalism
  • climate change and sustainable development
  • social inclusion – vaccines and public health
  • public policy implementation

These five themes are all of strategic importance to Africa’s long-term transformation and development.

For more information or to apply please contact
Veleska Maphike at; Tel: +27 –21 650-1770 
University of Cape Town Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance