UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Building state capacity in South Africa in the era of pandemic

13 October 2021, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

This image is a graphic for the talk titled 'building state capacity in South Africa in the era of pandemic.' This will be delivered by Dr Mzukisi Qobo which forms part of the IIPP Research Seminar Series.

Join us to hear Mzukisi Qobo talk about his research on 'Building state capacity in South Africa in the era of pandemic'. This talk will be chaired by IIPP’s Antonio Andreoni with a discussion from Simon Roberts (IIPP). Followed by questions from the audience.

This event is free.

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The Covid-19 pandemic exposed fundamental weaknesses in the architecture of states, its capacity for resilience, and shone a light on long-standing socio-economic challenges. The South African state has been tested severely by the pandemic. This discussion will highlight some of these challenges and propose approaches the state should adopt to build dynamic capabilities, bolster innovation, and rethink its social and economic interventions.

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About the Speaker

Mzukisi Qobo

Head of School at Wits School of Governance

Mzukisi Qobo
Mzukisi Qobo is Head of School at the Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He was previously an Associate Professor of Strategy and International Business at Wits Business School. Mzu is a member of President Cyril Ramaphosa's Economic Advisory Council. He has previously worked as chief director responsible for trade policy at the Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa. Mzu's areas of expertise include governance, public policy, and political economy. He obtained his PhD from the University of Warwick, UK. His book, 'China-US Relations: Digital Futures and African Agency', will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in early 2022.

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