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GAPP is headed by Ivor Chipkin one of the leading scholars of government in South Africa and the region. He was recently one of the lead authors of the Betrayal of the Promise report, a study that played a major role in galvanising support for a return to constitutional government in South Africa and joint author of the Shadow State: the Politics of State Capture (Wits University Press).

GAPP has a growing team, comprising some of the top policy thinkers in South Africa and from other transitional societies.