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Embracing digital governance in Africa

Unlock the future with Tayarisha at the Wits School of Governance. Join us at Tayarisha to explore, innovate and lead in the digital governance space. Together, we can shape the future of digital transformation in Africa.

The Wits School of Governance proudly hosts Tayarisha, an initiative on digital governance established in 2021 at Wits University. As a hub for teaching, research, policy dialogue and outreach, Tayarisha addresses the challenges and opportunities of digitisation in the public sector, society and industry across Africa.

Why Tayarisha matters

Tayarisha operates at the intersection of government, business and society, focusing on regulation, public policy and ethics. By conducting rigorous research, providing top-tier education and fostering public debate, Tayarisha contributes to the public good.


Our initiative provides:
  • Governance perspective – Transforming government policies and service delivery through digitalisation.
  • Public policy perspective – Emphasising government-private sector and civil society relations and regulatory and ethical implications.
  • Socio-technical perspective – Examining social change and human behaviour in relation to technological development.
Tayarisha’s coordinator, Associate Professor Geci Karuri-Sebina.

“Tayarisha connects, hosts and convenes experts and initiatives to advance digital transformation and anticipatory governance,” says Associate Professor Geci Karuri-Sebina, Tayarisha’s coordinator.

“We aim to collaborate with Africa’s leading experts in digital governance and become the premier community of resources in this field.”

Research focus areas

  • Governing Digital Transformation
  • Digital Policy, Legislation and Regulation
  • Digital Public Systems, Services and Innovation
  • Data Governance, Intelligence and Analytics
  • Digital Rights and Development
  • Digital Democracy and Participation
  • Digital Trust, Ethics and Inclusion
  • African Digital Futures and Anticipatory Governance

Upcoming Event: ICEGOV 2024

South Africa, through the School of Governance (Wits University) and the National Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), will host the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) from 1-4 October 2024 in Pretoria.

The conference theme is “Trust and Ethical Digital Governance for the World We Want.”

For more information and to register, visit:

Join us at Tayarisha to explore, innovate and lead in the digital governance space. Together, we can shape the future of digital transformation in Africa.

Shape a better Africa: Study at the Wits School of Governance

Do you dream of a more just and well-governed Africa? The Wits School of Governance can help you turn those dreams into reality. At Africa’s leading School of Governance, we offer a unique educational experience that combines rigorous academics with real-world practice.

  • Make a difference: WSG is dedicated to developing future leaders who can tackle Africa’s most pressing governance challenges.
  • Expert academics: Learn from renowned academics and practitioners who are at the forefront of governance and policymaking research.
  • Diverse community: Network with experienced professionals from across the public and private sectors and civil society.
  • Flexible learning: Choose from a variety of programmes, including postgraduate degrees, executive short courses and online options to fit your needs and schedule.
  • Research focus: WSG’s research-led approach ensures your education is grounded in cutting-edge knowledge and real-world application.

Our programmes and executive education focus on public policy, development economics and governance and management. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a recent graduate, WSG has an offering to help you achieve your goals.

We work closely with government and community-based organisations in South Africa and across the African continent to:

    • Support national and local public policy development, governance frameworks and institutional arrangements
    • Enhance management systems, mechanisms and modalities
    • Help the public sector to strengthen service-delivery through skills, strategic planning, programme development and monitoring and evaluation
    • Develop public finance capacity in almost all sectors of government
    • Prepare our students to be global citizens while responding to local challenges
    • Host several talks and debates on topics that directly affect us such as race relations, corruption, security and policy-related issues.

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