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A Critical Review of the on Going Public Finance Management Reforms: Are the Reforms Yielding on the Expected Outcomes?

This policy brief investigated into the progress and impact of the on-going public finance management reforms undertaken by the MFPED since 2012/13. These reforms include the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA); upgrading the Integra…

European Report on Development : Rwanda Case Study

This case study considered two key questions: 1. The amount of progress that was made and the achievements of Rwanda since 2000? What have been the key drivers of that progress and what have been the obstacles and bottlenecks, and the role of exter…

Assessing Public Expenditure Governance in Uganda’s Health Sector: The case of Gulu, Kamuli, and Luweero Districts. Application of an Innovative Framework

"This research report is one of the policy analyses prepared by ACODE to assess the governance of public expenditure (hereafter, public expenditure governance or PEG) in Uganda’s health, road, education and agriculture sectors. The report is premis…

Cost Effectiveness and Benefit Cost Analysis of Some Water Interventions in Bauchi State in Nigeria

A Cost-Effectiveness analysis of water interventions in Bauchi state, Nigeria, is presented in this report, with particular emphasis on pipeline and borehole (Hand pump) water supply schemes. Using the measures adapted from Whittington et al (2008),…

Capital Flight and Institutional Frameworks to Promote Transparency

"The paper has three main objectives. First it identifies the kind of institutional frameworks at the global, regional and country level which have evolved to address the issues of illicit financial flows. Second, it analyzes the factors that have …

Capital Flight: Measurement and Drivers

"This paper describes the nature of capital flight, the methodologies used to measure it, and its drivers. The paper presents updated estimates of the magnitude of capital flight from 39 African countries for which adequate data are available for th…

Non-State Social Protection in Ethiopia: Characteristics and Dimensions

The contribution of Non-State Social Protection (NSSP), with a long history in Ethiopia, has not been systematically researched and recognized. The primary objective of this study therefore, is to investigate the characteristics and dimensions of N…

A Good Governance Driver: Is the African Peer Review Mechanism up to it?

"The introduction of the AU’s Agenda 2063 means that yet another governance initiative has entered the African political landscape. This policy briefing examines the place of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) within Agenda 2063, as well as th…

Next Time Better? Conducting the APRM's 'Second Generation' Reviews

"Reviews conducted under the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) are intended to occur at regular intervals, helping countries conduct an ongoing assessment of their governance. However, after 12 years of the APRM’s existence, no country has yet co…

Implementing the Fiscal Responsibility Act at the State Level in Nigeria

In many countries, fiscal responsibility acts have become increasingly common tools to enhance fiscal prudence and public expenditure transparency. Fiscal profligacy at the sub-national level in Nigeria, has emerged as a major contributor to state …

What’s in it for me? Personalities, Enticements and Party Loyalties in Tanzania’s 2015 Elections

The fifth multi-party elections in Tanzania on 25 October 2015 could mark a watershed in national politics. Edward Lowassa, the former prime minister is the flagbearer for Ukawa, an opposition alliance forged during a heated contest over constitut…

Implementing the Fiscal Responsibility Act at the State Level in Nigeria

A discussion of the policy, technical and wider institutional factors was presented in this paper, which is relevant to the implementation of fiscal responsibility acts at the state level in Nigeria. It is evident from the analysis here, that some p…

A Next-Generation Peer Review: What does the Open Government Partnership have to Offer

"This policy briefing is based on a collaborative research effort comparing four international peer-review processes – the AU’s African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the Organization for Economic Cooperatio…

South Africans have Lost Confidence in Zuma, Believe he Ignores Parliament and the Law

"Analysis of new public opinion data clearly indicates that South Africans have lost confidence in President Zuma and are dissatisfied with his performance. Negative evaluations of the president are higher among urban residents and minority race gro…

Zimbabweans Support Taxation but Perceive Tax Officials as Corrupt, Demand Accountability

"This analysis shows that a majority of Zimbabweans regard the payment of taxes as an obligation of a “good citizen.” Similarly, they affirm the right of tax authorities to collect taxes, although they also express high levels of tolerance for non-p…

Zambians Gaining Confidence in Elections as Tools for Accountability

"As one of the first post-independence countries in Africa to effect leadership change through peaceful and competitive elections, Zambia has a history of multiparty politics dating back to 1991, when the United National Independent Party (UNIP) par…

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 go…

Parliament of Kenya Parliamentary Service Commission Eleventh Parliament Concept Note - Formation of a Parliamentary Caucus on Evidence-Informed Oversight and Decision-making

In this concept note the formation of the Parliamentary Caucus on Evidence-Informed Oversight and Decision-making is proposed. The membership of this informal network will comprise of both the members of National Assembly as well as Senate who are c…

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 to …

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 time.…

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