Richard Calland is a founding partner of The Paternoster Group-African Political Insight. For over twenty years, Richard has been working in the fields of democratic governance and sustainable development in South Africa and beyond. He is based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where he is Associate Professor in Public Law. 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.
Before moving to South Africa in 1994, Calland practiced law for seven years at the London Bar. 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. He is a founding member of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) and with others he also founded the Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG) and the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC) which he served as its first Executive Director from 2001-2010.
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 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.
The Paternoster Group - African Political Insight
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