The current configuration of the South African socio-political and economic landscape poses numerous challenges to the institutions of the developmental state. It is evident that the state alone cannot resolve these wide ranging and complex societal problems. This, in turn, defines an opportunity for institutions of higher education, including the NWU, to make valuable contributions since by their very nature they represent concentrations of specialized and esoteric knowledge.

The Centre for Governance draws upon the knowledge and expertise of the School of Social and Government Studies, Professional Development, the Focus Area: Social Transformation and the broader academic community within the North West University and its three campuses.


Contextualizing the term ‘governance’


The term ‘governance’ refers to the manner in which key stakeholders and role-players make decisions to direct the activities of an institution, function or intervention. The Governmental perspective of governance refers to the exercise of political authority and the use of institutional recourses to manage societal challenges and affairs.

It is within this governmental paradigm that the Centre for Governance aims to be a vehicle through which multifaceted and creative initiatives can assist in addressing society’s most pressing challenges.