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Zimbabwe could learn from South Africa's social grants programme amid its COVID-19 crisis

Zimbabwe’s first confirmed COVID-19 case was announced on March 20, and the first death on March 23. Ten days later, the government, through the promulgation of a series of statutory instruments such as statutory instrument 83, announced a preventio…

Citizen Governance, the Informal Economy and Enterprise Development: Southern (Johannesburg, South Africa) West Africa (Accra, Ghana)

The informal economy accounts for 35.2% of total non-agricultural employment in South Africa, according to the World Bank Development Indicators (2018); and in Ghana, about 88 % of the workforce is employed in the informal sector. Economic and socia…

Government Performance Index 2019

The performance of local municipalities in South Africa is the indicator of the country’s heartbeat. Local municipalities are the closest institution to citizens; they reflect in great measure levels of citizen engagement - as recipients but also as…

Advancing the Social Compact 2020 and Sustainability Workshop

Natural Resources is one of GGA’s five programmes and is centred on effective and sustainable management of Africa’s resources. This programme looks at measures to manage and sustain natural resources, reporting on progress, shortcomings and offerin…

Nigeria should enlist Foreign help to Rebuild Anti-Corruption Institutions

Despite commendable successes such as Nigeria’s surge up the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking, its citizens are disillusioned with the President Buhari-led government and its unfulfilled promise of change and a stalling anti-corruption wa…

Effective Taxation of Informal Sector through Local Community Partnership

By and large, as citizens begin to see value for money, the burden of enforcement becomes lighter. People will pay taxes when they see the good use that tax revenues are put to. Encouraging tax compliance demands not only lowering costs but also str…

Improving Citizen’s Participation in Governance

To achieve meaningful progress in development before the next election cycle in 2023, there is a need to increase participation in governance beyond the elections. Citizen’s participation in governance which entails more than voting and seeking publ…

Mainstreaming Good Governance into Nigerian Tax Reform

This study seeks to shine a light on key governance issues in the Nigerian tax system beyond the technical issues that have so far been emphasised in Nigeria's tax reform efforts. Those principles are isolated for indepth analysis in the hope of pro…

Establishing a Risk Profile of Socio-economic Vulnerability in South Africa during the COVID-19 Pandemic using GGA Survey data (2017-2019)

To assist with the emergency response to COVID-19, Good Governance Africa (GGA) has compiled a socio-economic profile of vulnerability of the average South African citizen encountered in our work, based on aggregated data from research that we have …

Patrolling during a Pandemic: Recommendations to the South African Police Service and South African National Defence Force during the COVID-19 Deployment

On 5 March, 2020, the Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus in South Africa. On 15 March, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a National State of Disaster and announced a series of immediate measures to m…

Gandhi now, COVID-19 and the Need for Solidarity Economics: Blessed are the Peacemakers and Sustainers of Life

The COVID-19 global pandemic has made a few things clear. The first is precisely how interdependent we are on each other. What should have remained obvious as a self-evident fact has, sadly, become obscured by the predominant socio-economic, politic…

The Likely Impact of COVID-19 on the Extractive Industries and its Governance Implications

COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Global policy responses have shut down economic activity in attempts to flatten the curve – to prevent a stiletto-type impact …

A Study towards Deepening Fiscal Decentralization for Effective Local Service delivery in Ghana: Final Report

Evidence suggests that local governments are unable to provide high levels of public goods such as roads, electricity, sanitation, education, schools, health, and recreational facilities mainly due to their inability to mobilize adequate resources.…

Understanding Slums and Informal Settlements through their own Lenses towards making Ghanaian Cities Resilient

The past three decades have seen increased concern to make cities in poor countries resilient. Evidence however shows that one of the important factors that can undermine this effort is the development of slums and informal settlements in urban area…

Economic Development Pathways for Local Area Development: A Guide to Understanding Local Economic Development and its Implementational Challenges in Ghana

Since 1988, Ghana has embarked on a more vigorous agenda of decentralisation where power and resources have been made available to the local governments to realise their own development agenda. This policy decision has engendered more praise and adm…

Making Local Economic Development (LED) work in Ghana: An extract from the GGA-WA Publication titled “Economic Development Pathways for Local Area Development

Local Economic Development (LED) aims to boost local economies, promote job creation and income generation and improve governance and municipal performance. Making LED work in Ghana is based on a different approach (bottom up approach) to traditiona…

Changing the Paradigm of Illegal Galamsey in Ghana

In Ghana, small-scale miners need a license before they can operate. However, majority of small-scale miners are operating in Ghana without any legal license. The activity, which has kept on attracting several thousands of local Ghanaians, particula…

COVID-19 - The Ghana Case

The 23rd June 2020 marked exactly 100 days since the first cases of Covid-19 were reported in Ghana. Before the formal announcement (13th March 2020) of the first two cases in Ghana involving returning residents from Norway and Turkey, Ghanaians wer…

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