Prof Richard Calland, now based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where he is Associate Professor in Public Law, Prof Richard Calland has for more than twenty years been working in the fields of democratic governance and sustainable development in South Africa and beyond. Calland is also a Fellow of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), serving as a member of faculty on a range of customised leadership and strategy programmes for amongst others the World Bank, PWC, the African Development Bank, Nedbank, Namdeb, Network Rail and Tata, as well as CISL’s strategic stakeholder engagement programme with Anglo American. Amongst other corporate clients, he is a long-time retained consultant to Massmart, Africa’s largest retailer that was acquired by Walmart in 2012, advising on issues of politics and governance, as well as providing regular briefings to the investor clients of Citi and UBS, and has recently established a new political risk advisory consultancy – The Paternoster Group: African Political Insight – whose clients include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citadel and Anglo American. In addition, Calland is the co-director of the African Climate Finance Hub – the only African-based organisation with a specialist track record of working with governmental and development partners in relation to climate finance in Africa. He is co-director of the Education & Sustainability Leadership Programme – a new global standard-setting initiative to transform the approach to schools to green infrastructure, curriculum design and syllabi, and organisational culture and pedagogy.
Before moving to South Africa in 1994, Prof Richard Calland practiced law for seven years at the London Bar (called in 1987 to Lincoln’s Inn). His legal specialism is Freedom of Information law and policy, and has advised the governments of Mali, Jamaica, Peru, Nicaragua and Bolivia on transparency reform as an expert consultant for the Carter Center in the early 2000s. From 1995-2011, he headed the Political Information & Monitoring Service and then the Economic Governance programme at Idasa – which was at that time Africa’s leading democracy Institute. Since its instigation in 2008, Prof Richard Calland has acted as a specialist governance advisor to the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) on multi-stakeholder process and transparency in large public infrastructure projects. Since 2012 he has served on the World Bank’s Independent Access to Information Appeals Board. He is a founding member of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) and led the Democratic Governance & Rights Unit (DGRU) at UCT from 2007-2017. With others, he also founded the Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG) and the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC), a law centre that supports the implementation of freedom of information law and advises whistleblowers, which he served as its first Executive Director from 2001-2010.
A prominent political analyst and columnist for the Mail & Guardian newspaper in South Africa, his most recent book Make or Break: How the next three years will shape South Africa’s next three decades was published in September 2016 by Penguin Random House. Earlier books include Anatomy of South Africa: Who holds the power? (2006) and The Zuma Years (2013).
ARTICLES and MEDIA
Anatomy of South Africa: Who Holds the Power? Zebra Press. October 2006.
Prizing Open the Profit Making World in Florini A. (ed). The Right to Know: Transparency for an Open World. Columbia University Press: 2007.
Democracy in the Time of Mbeki: Idasa’s Democracy Index. Co-editor (with Paul Graham). IDASA. April 2005.
Whistleblowing Around the World: Law, Culture & Practice. Co-editor (with Guy Dehn). Open Democracy Advice Centre & Public Concern at Work. April 2004.
The Right to Know, The Right to Live: Access to Information & Socio-economic Justice. Co-editor (with Alison Tilley). Open Democracy Advice Centre. October 2002.
Thabo Mbeki’s World: The Politics & Ideology of the South African President. Joint Co-editor (with Sean Jacobs). University of Natal Press/Zed Books. September 2002.
Real Politics: The Wicked Issues with Sean Jacobs and Greg Power. British Council: December 2001.
The First Five Years: A Review of South Africa’s First Democratic Parliament. Editor. IDASA: September 1999.
The Democracy Index with Robert Mattes in In the Balance? Debating the State of Democracy in South Africa. Paul Graham & Alice Coetze (eds). IDASA. May 2002
Democratic Government: South African Style, 1994-99 in Election \’99, Edited by Andrew Reynolds, David Phillips/James Currey, Cape Town/London: August 1999
State Ethics and Executive Accountability in Pulse: Passages in Democracy-Building: Assessing South Africa’s Transition Idasa, August 1998
Tough on Crime and Strong on Human Rights: The Challenge for all of us. With Thabani Masuku. Law, Democracy & Development; UWC. June 2001
Parliament and the socio-economic imperative – what is the role of the national legislature with Mandy Taylor, Law, Democracy & Development, vol. 1, Nov. 1997, Butterworths in association with the Social Law Project & Community Law Centre at the University of Western Cape
Prof Richard Calland has for over twenty years been working in the fields of democratic governance and sustainable development in South Africa and beyond. Based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where he is Associate Professor in Public Law, he built and led its Democratic Governance & Rights Unit from 2007-2016. Prof Richard Calland specializes in freedom of information law and serves as a member of the Independent Access to Information Appeals Board of the World Bank. In the past, he has advised the governments of Mali, Peru, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Jamaica on transparency law reform and policy, and the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) on matters of governance and multi-stakeholder process. In 2015, he was retained by the US Securities Exchange Commission as an expert witness in its prosecution of Hitachi under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Prof Richard Calland is a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and has been a member of faculty on a series of strategic leadership programmes for, amongst others, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, PWC, Nedbank, Namdeb, Network Rail and Tata. He is also the co-director of the niche organisation, the African Climate Finance Hub, supporting governments and multilateral organisations in Africa on issues relating to access and use of climate finance.
Prof Richard Calland is a retained adviser on governance and politics to Massmart/Walmart and regularly gives political risk analysis to the clients of investment banks such as UBS and Citi, and is a founding partner of The Paternoster Group: African Political Insight. In 2005, he spent two terms at Cambridge University, as a visiting scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. In 2006, he spent a month as a visiting lecturer in constitutional law at the Faculty of Law at Meiji University, Tokyo. He holds an LLM from the University of Cape Town, a Diploma in World Politics from the London School of Economics and a BA(Hons) Law from the University of Durham. Prof Richard Calland is a regular commentator in the media and his political column has been carried in the Mail & Guardian newspaper since 2001. Author of Anatomy of South Africa (2006) and The Zuma Years (2013), Calland’s latest book on politics, Make or Break: How the next three years will shape South Africa’s next three decades
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