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The research vision at WSG is to become a first port of call for masters, doctoral and professional researchers interested in learning about how Africa works in the broad arena of governance, and in particular, how to navigate the politics of delivering development in Africa’s highly unequal and impoverished contexts. The primary purpose is to produce knowledge about how African public and development institutions are governed and managed.

The Writing Centre

In 2014 the Research Hub set up a Writing Centre in order to provide additional support to its postgraduate, masters and PhD students. This Centre uses staff, consultants and current students to provide assistance in conceptual thinking, writing skills, research methodologies, and the positioning of their research. With the added support of the Centre from topic formulation through to the completion of a research report, WSG’s students’ capacity is increased and results and throughput are improved.

Wednesday Conversations

The Research Hub runs Wednesday Conversations that bring together academics and practitioners to discuss topical issues.

The purpose of these informal conversations is to explore complexity, and build an understanding of the diverse challenges and possible solutions that characterise the public domain in South Africa and Africa. In addition to providing a space for academics and doctoral students to present ideas, the conversations are also a forum for visiting academics and practitioners to engage.


Giving to Wits

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Whether you invest in a promising young student, or contribute towards vital research or new buildings and facilities – giving to Wits brings great personal satisfaction and lasting results you can be proud of for years to come.

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