Vusi Gumede Academy & Research is an intellectual project and professional network where individuals can discuss analytical questions, issues and exchange different views and perspectives.
Prof. Vusi Gumede in brief
Professor Vusi Gumede, a former Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg and a former Chief Policy Analyst in the Thabo Mbeki administration, is Professor at the University of South Africa. He was also Director of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (2013-2018).
He has published 2 books on the political economy of South Africa – the first was published by CODESRIA Press in 2015 and the second one was published by CAMBRIA Press in 2016 – and he is finalizing a third one.
He has also edited seven books on the political economy of development in Africa and published numerous journal papers, book chapters and essays. He is Editor-in-Chief of Africa Insight and Africanus as well as having guest edited various special issues (including Africa Development). His postgraduate training is in policy studies and economics – he holds a PhD in Economics...
South Africa's flipflopping developmental state journey
The Star Opinion Article
1 August 2019
Some argue that even in exile the liberation movement yearned for South Africa to become a democratic developmental state. A democratic developmental state can be viewed as a state that pursues higher levels of socio-economic development in a participatory manner, guided by a robust long-term plan.READ MORE
South Africa's future becomes more bleak
It was always going to be hard to advance wellbeing in South Africa. It has become harder. For many African countries, ensuring that human development expands has been a challenge. This important point is generally overlooked in many analyses, voices and proposals regarding what could be done.
Policy thinking needed as much as policy coordination
TK Pooe & Vusi Gumede
There is no doubt that policy coordination has been weak. Policy thinking too has been found wanting. This challenge was very glaring in the Zuma administration. It is clear, at least judging by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s June 2019 State of the Nation Address (SoNA)