The role of society and social enterprises are increasingly important drivers of the digital exponential, a process of rapid technology changes and disruptions in the way we do business, life and work. The flow of information is moving faster than the speed of which the producers and the curators of knowledge can anticipate. And with that comes the challenge of how we manage and curate data and information.*
Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Wits University
Tayarisha is The African Centre of Excellence for Digital Governance, newly established (2021) at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. It is a hub for teaching, research, policy dialogue, and outreach on the challenges and opportunities presented by digitisation in the public sector, society, and industry in Africa.
The CDG straddles the nexus of government, business, and society, and is concerned with issues of regulation, public policy and ethics. The CDG intends to contribute to the creation of public good by conducting academically rigorous, cutting-edge action research; providing world-class education; and contributing to public debate on the challenges and opportunities presented by digitisation.
Why what we do is important
The Centre will combine:
- A governance perspective with a focus on government transformation (policy and service delivery) through digitisation; with
- A public policy perspective with a focus on government-private sector-civil society relations and regulation, and the developmental and ethical implications of digitisation.
How we work
Tayarisha works a networked hub. This means that we will connect, host and convene experts, actors and initiatives to focus on the mission of digital transformation and anticipatory governance.
We intend to work with Africa’s leading experts in various knowledge fields related to digital governance and become the premier community of dispersed resources that are available in this field. The centre will thus contribute to the creation of public good by conducting academically rigorous, cutting-edge action research; providing world-class education; and contributing to public debate on the challenges and opportunities presented by digitalisation.