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Peace versus Justice? Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and War Crime Tribunals in Africa

Whether moving from armed conflict; the end of authoritarian rule; or systematic state repression, there is often a demand in Africa’s post-conflict societies for justice that is often counter-balanced by the need for reconciliation. A key focus ...

Vers des Régimes efficients de la Concurrence par le Renforcement des Capacités dans des pays Sélectionnés d’Afrique de l’ouest / Towards Efficient Regimes of Competition through Capacity Building in Selected West African Countries

This project aims, firstly, to overcome the difficulty of finding information on current competition regimes in West African countries, and secondly, to support a program to promote culture of competition in the target countries. The purpose of th...

Civic Engagement: Activating the Potentials of Local Governance in Uganda

In this seventh Local Government Councils’ Scorecard Assessment Report, we present evidence-based performance results of the elected political leaders in 35 districts around the country during the FY 2016/2017. The assessment focuses on the role p...

The Future of Eastern African Cities: How Do We Want to Live in 2050?

Urbanization is inevitable and irreversible. Globally, around 3 billion new urban dwellers are expected to arrive in cities and towns by 2050. In contrast, it took the entire history of humanity to reach the 3.5 billion urban dwellers that live ...

Is the African Union’s Aspiration Towards Financial Autonomy Achievable?

The African Union (AU) is witnessing a potentially transformative era, through its decision on financial autonomy and broader reform agenda. Even though the discourse on financing of the Union is hardly new, this policy brief explains why the Ju...

The African Leadership Forum 2014: "Meeting the Challenges of Africa's Transformation"

A new Africa has emerged. An African renaissance is underway, whereby a growing number of determined and self-confident Africans are working to transform their countries’ economies to accelerate the rate of human and economic development. Given th...

Bridging the Gap between Commitment and Capacity

This paper set out to evaluate the extent to which the APRM has emphasised corruption, transparency and accountability to date by analysing the relative frequency of word clusters related to these concepts in the 16 Country Review Reports that are...

An Analysis of Zimbabwe's Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill

The Mines and Minerals Bill (MMAB, 2015) in Zimbabwe was introduced to amend and strengthen the 1963 Mines and Minerals Act. The 1963 Act lacked provisions that would prevent mineral revenue leakages, opaque mining licensing, poor flows of taxes a...

Freedom of Information: Batswana Back Private Communication, Public Accountability

Freedom of information is a critical facet of democratic governance. The right to information is not only essential to the news media in authenticating its reports and reducing the realm of speculation, but it is also a prerequisite for an informe...

Stakeholders' Dialogue on Government Approaches to Managing Defecting Violent Extremists

This policy brief outlines contributions from stakeholders and demonstrates how dialogue can help foster community understanding of government intervention on reintegration, foster citizenship ownership of government programmes and its many solu...

Buharimeter: PMB Performance Report

Nigeria's experience of corruption is unarguably troubling and continues to be a blight on the country's record toward economic, social and political progress. Despite natural resource wealth, Nigeria consistently under performs on the Human Deve...

Do Electoral Systems Affect How Citizens Hold their Government Accountable? Evidence from Africa

This paper asks whether a country’s choice of electoral system affects the methods citizens use to try to hold their government accountable. A large body of literature suggests that electoral system type has an impact on voting behaviour, but li...

Decentralization, Governance and Corruption at the Local Level: Evidence from Nigeria

The motivation for this study was to test theoretical debates around decentralisation. On the one hand, some theorists argue that decentralisation should reduce corruption through more accountable and transparent local governance. Others sugges...

Guide Methodologiques de Suivi et Evaluation des Politiques Sectorielles /Methodological Guide for Monitoring and Evaluation of Sectoral Policies

The implementation of the strategy of accelerated growth and promotion of employment through the program of priority actions, currently requires a system of effective monitoring and evaluation that can measure the efforts to achieve the objective...

Transparency Deficits in the Disclosure of Oil Sector Information in Nigeria

This Policy Brief presents the findings of the Transparency Building Initiative, a project of the Facility for Oil Sector Transparency (FOSTER) in Nigeria, implemented by CSEA. FOSTER is a five-year DFID funded project that aims to improve oil sec...

Who's Watching? Voters Seen as Key in Holding Elected Officials Accountable

In addition to the growing number of African states that conduct regular elections and embed democratic principles in their constitutions, evidence comes from survey-based research that most Africans support democratic values and reward governme...

Regional Integration in Southern Africa: Strengthening Participatory Governance in SADC

The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, hosted a policy advisory group seminar on the theme “Regional Integration in Southern Africa: Strengthening Participatory Governance in the Southern African Development Community...

Non-State Actors in Social Protection Services: Overview

"One of the most comprehensive studies of non-State social protection services in Africa reveals that more help can be delivered to more people in more places – with existing resources. To do this policy needs to recognise, harness and integrate ...

Accountability in Social Protection

"Recent governance analysis of 4,114 non- State actors of different sizes in social protection services in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda reveals that small groups tend to be highly accountable despite their lack of docum...

Governance of Non-State Social Protection Initiatives: Implications of Addressing Gendered Vulnerability to Poverty in Uganda

"Non-state actors (NSAs) are offering social protection services in Uganda to address vulnerabilities associated with poverty. Information is limited on their adequacy and efficacy and how their governance mechanisms address gender concerns. This ...

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