Exciting Master’s elective at the Mandela School in 2020

22 Jan 2020 - 15:15

The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town has an exciting opportunity for UCT postgraduate students in economics, politics, sociology, environmental sciences, built environment, and any field that would be enhanced by an understanding of enabling reform in complex governance settings.

Topics include: The practice of policymaking; Context and reform—a typologies approach to development strategy; Process tracing and analytical narratives; Inequality and governance; the challenge of state-owned enterprises; trying to fix basic education; case studies of reform initiatives.

For further information on the Practice of Policymaking and Implementation, please contact: Musa.nxele@uct.ac.za.

Faculty includes:

Alan Hirsch is Professor of Development Policy and Practice at The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at UCT and was its founding director from 2011 to 2019. Born in Cape Town he is educated in Economics and History at UCT, Wits and Columbia. He taught at UCT, and then joined the South African Department of Trade and Industry in 1995. From 2002 to 2012 he managed economic policy in the South African Presidency, represented the Presidency in the G20, and was co-chair of the G20 Development Working Group. He serves on several boards including the European Centre for Development Policy Management and is a member of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Presidential Economic Advisory Council. He is currently visiting the South African Institute for International Affairs as a Bradlow Fellow. He was visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School, a regular visiting professor at Maastricht University, directed the International Growth Centre’s research in Zambia, and was a member of the OECD secretary-general’s Inclusive Growth Advisory Panel. He writes about economic development issues, including Season of Hope - Economic Reform under Mandela and Mbeki and The Oxford Companion to South African Economics.


Brian Levy  is Professor at the Mandela School at the University of Cape Town. He also teaches at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC. He worked at the World Bank from 1989 to 2012, including as manager of the Africa Vice Presidency Public Sector Reform and Capacity Building Unit, and as head of the secretariat responsible for the design and implementation of the World Bank Group's governance and anti-corruption strategy. He has published widely on the interactions among institutions, political economy and development policy. His most recent book is Working with the Grain: Integrating Governance and Growth in Development Strategies (Oxford U Press, 2014; info at www.workingwiththegrain.com.) He completed his Ph.D in economics at Harvard University in 1983.


Musa Nxele is a lecturer at the Mandela School, where he convenes masters courses and research related to political economy of development. He is doing a joint PhD in Economics and  Development Policy and Practice at Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and UCT, respectively. He also holds masters degrees from both universities, in economic development and globalisation. Before moving to tertiary education teaching at Rhodes University in 2017, Musa worked in the private sector in the fields of investment banking and industrial development consulting. He dedicates his life to the transformation of people and societies; driven by hope, and the incredible story of his hometown, Soweto.