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Between Hope and Scepticism: Civil Society and the African Peer Review Mechanism

history. We are currently witnessing major ferment in the development of the poorest continent on the planet. In the wake of the failure of the structural adjustment policies of the Bretton Woods institutions and of the negative effects of natio...

Socio-economic Problems Facing Africa: Insights from six APRM Country Review Reports

"The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) tries to identify both problems facing participating countries and solutions to these problems. This paper seeks to identify common socio-economic development problems revealed in six African countries th...

Addressing the African Peer Review Mechanism's Programmes of Action

Examining the first six APRM Programmes of Action, this paper traces how PoAs are developed, implemented and monitored, and how they could be strengthened going forward. This edition of the SAIIA Occasional Papers Series presents two papers by SAI...

Media Freedom, Transparency and Governance

This paper, by veteran journalist Raymond Louw, asks a fundamental question: 'Can good governance exist without a free and independent media?' And he argues that Africa's premier governance and accountability tool - The APRM - seems to have ignor...

The Evolution and Development of the New Patriotic Party in Ghana

"This paper examines the emergence and development of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government in the context of a broader examination of the roles of political parties within the Ghanaian political landscape. After describing the political...

Common African Political Governance Issues: Lessons from Six Early APRM Reports

"This paper analyses the discussion and recommendations about Africa's pressing political governance issues - including the separation of powers, election management and corruption - from the APRM reports of Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, , South Africa, A...

Ghana after Rawlings

"Ghana is today at an important international, regional and domestic crossroads. The outcome of its journey could affect wider perceptions of the continent generally, and South African business interests specifically. Domestically, Rawlings has...

Ghana's relations with China

Ghana has gained independence in 1957 and has been very proactive in originating and implementing development programmes for which it has received substantial donor support. Ghana is not a resource-abundant country but enjoys a favourable coastal ...

Will Oil Build or Break the Back of Ghana’s Democracy?

Ghana is about to start producing oil commercially. Amid great excitement, there is also legitimate cause for concern. Given the importance of economic diversification and the need to consolidate democratic institutions to avoid a resource curse, ...

Agricultural Expansion and Water Pollution: The Yin-Yang in the Quality of Natural Water Resources

"Global increased agricultural productivity aims at meeting the food and commercial demands on agriculture. This boost is associated with agricultural expansion practices including irrigation and use of fertilizers, which could increase negative e...

Design and Analysis of a 1 MW Grid-connected Solar PV System in Ghana

This study is being conducted with the aim of developing a standard procedure for the design of large-scale institutional grid-connected solar PV (Photovoltaic) systems using the roofs of buildings and car parks.The study is necessary because Ghan...

Norms, Power and the Socially Embedded Realities of Market Taxation in Northern Ghana

The progress of decentralization efforts in Africa has brought with it expanded discussion of local government taxation, and the potential for tax reform to spur broader state building and governance gains. This paper correspondingly provides a g...

Africa Rising: Inequalities and the Essential Role of Fair Taxation

"This report investigates the issue of income inequality in eight sub-Saharan African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe). While there is growing public recognition that inequality is the issu...

Annual Meles Zenawi lecture : Reflections on Late President Kwame Nkrumah’s Pan Africanism Legacy

In this document, Mr Ali A. Mufuruki, Chairman and CEO of 
Infotech Investment Group, addressed distinguished guests at a Forum held in Nigeria. The focus of his lecture was to reflect on Kwame Nkrumah's Pan Africanism credential and legacy. In th...

Who Really Governs Urban Ghana ?

"Ghana is one of Africa’s most urbanised – and rapidly urbanising – countries. In the past three decades, the number of city dwellers has risen from four to 14 million; more than 5.5 million live in slums. Urban growth exerts intense pressure on ...

Empowering Ghana's Anti-Corruption Institutions In The Fight Against Corruption

One of the most herculean developmental challenges confronting Ghanaian society is purging it of the canker of corruption. Since the attainment of political independence in 1957, several anti-corruption policies and measures have been instituted t...

Parliament's Role in the Fight Against Corruption

Ghana embarked, in the late eighties and early nineties on an agitation for Good Governance. We demanded: Human Rights, Media Freedom, Law and Order, Personal Liberties and Parliamentary Democracy. These were the governance challenges at the tim...

Macroeconomic Policy Impacts on the fight against HIV/AIDS in Ghana

"The HIV/AIDS pandemic has been perhaps the worst health challenge in recent history killing approximately 22 million people. In 2005, 3.1 million people died of AIDS related illnesses; an estimated 2 million come from Sub-Saharan Africa. Signific...

The Macroeconomic Framework & the Fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa: The Cases of Ghana and Malawi

"HIV/AIDS has become a leading cause of death in the African continent. It not only constitutes a serious constraint to growth and stability of most African economies and societies, but has actually begun to destroy the hard-won development. Even ...

The effectiveness of Foreign Aid beyond Busan: Case Studies Zambia, Ghana and Mozambique

"The overall objective of this research is to influence African governments and donors to put in place mechanisms for aid effectiveness and sustainable development by 2015. The research identifies processes taking place to support implementation o...

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