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The Wits School of Governance (WSG) is the leading regional institution in the arena of governance, policy and development management for the public sector.WSG has, since its inception in 1993, been at the forefront of an international movement to transform public and development management, and is today the largest producer of postgraduates in its field in Southern Africa.

WSG is the leading regional institution in the arena of governance, policy and development management for the public sector. WSG has, since its inception in 1993, been at the forefront of an international movement to transform public and development management, and is today the largest producer of postgraduates in its field in Southern Africa.  Read More

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Wits School of Governance (WSG) works closely with governments and community-based organisations in South Africa and across the African continent to:

Wits School of Governance’s vision, “Leadership through learning for development and democratic governance.”

  •  Support national and local public policy development, governance  frameworks and institutional arrangements.

  •  Enhance management systems, mechanisms and modalities.

  •  Strengthen service-delivery, strategic planning, programme  development, monitoring and evaluation.

  •  Develop public finance in almost all sectors of government.

WSG has a reputation for contributing to the intellectual discourse within the public sector in South Africa and the broader African continent. You will find graduates throughout the public sector in many countries across the continent.

As a post graduate school within Wits University, WSG provides quality management education for leaders and decision-makers in the public and development fields.
Our values are those enshrined in the constitution of the Republic of South Africa. They guide the school’s work and teaching, and include:

  •  Human dignity.

  •  The achievement of equality.

  •  The achievement of human rights and freedom.

  •  Non-racialism and non-sexism.

  •  Democratic government which is accountable, responsible and  transparent.


The Wits Graduate School of Public and Development Management has become the Wits School of Governance

The Wits Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM) was established in the early 1990s with the primary purpose of helping to build a post-apartheid public service and since its inception, has been at the forefront of an international movement to transform public and development management in South Africa and the region. P&DM has contributed to public service capacity development over the past 20 years, and has played a pioneering role in using the independent and neutral space of the university to facilitate interaction between civil society, the academy and practitioners.

By continuously developing new knowledge regarding the complex interface between government, society, and development, P&DM has contributed to the creation of more professional and reflective practices around governance in the country and across the continent. During 2013, the School was involved in an extensive process to re-evaluate and reposition itself in the current South African and African context. One of the outcomes of this process was a decision to change the name of the school to the Wits School of Governance (WSG).

The name change allows the School to reflect current thinking whilst retaining its commitment to building capable, developmental public administrations by providing a space to explore how the world works, analyse regional and global trends, and review practice as a basis for innovation and enabling social change. We welcome you to join us on the journey of building a capable and developmental state for our country and continent. (WSG) – Celebrating 21 years as Africa’s Leading School of Public and Development Management.