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Of Rent Seekers and Agencies: Insurgencies and Arms Proliferation in the Great Lakes Region of Africa

"This policy brief examines rent-seeking and agency activities in the Great Lakes region of Africa, with particular emphasis on Zaire/Congo and the Central Africa Republic (CAR). The brief contends that insurgencies and arms proliferations are a byp…

Planning Climate Compatible Development: Lessons from Experience

"Effective planning can both help make development resilient to the impacts of climate change and help policymakers identify opportunities to harness development benefits from lowering emissions. In developing countries, such planning requires the s…

Whose Agenda? Power and Philanthropy in Africa

"Any discussion of power has to be situated within context. In Africa, there are glaring power imbalances at all levels of society and they take many different forms – gender relations, asset ownership and resource rights, patriarchal systems, polit…

NEGOS-GRN : Rapport final Etat des lieux du cadre juridique et institutionnel de la gestion des ressources naturelles et foncières au Sénégal / NEGOS - GRN The Final Report State of the Legal Framework and Institutional Management of Land and Natural Res

"The launching workshop of the project is entitled: Combating desertification and decentralized management and negotiation of natural resources and land in Sahelian Africa. It was held in Ouagadougou during April and May 2009. It concluded with the …

Red Flags Ignored: Governance Values and Practices in Africa

"Values are essential to set up normative standards that are indicative of the qualities of governance. This paper describes and analyses trends of governance values and practices in Africa using secondary data. There are positive and negative gover…

Enforcing Competition Rules in South Africa Thieves at the Dinner Table

"This book is about a public policy intervention – in the form of the Competition Act – that has deep roots in this dominant narrative. In particular, it is rooted in the concentration of ownership of private wealth in the hands of a small number o…

Entrepreneurship and Development in Ethiopia

"Entrepreneurship is a process. It is a continuous process which is related to the development and continuity of business. Other tasks or responsibilities are accomplished by people who are accountable and responsible. But tasks that are done under…

The Link Between Political Leadership and Development

"The primary responsibility of any given country's leadership is the creation of favorable conditions for investors and the people to engage in development, not getting involved in the details of the every-day operation of the country's development …

Local Government Councils' Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda Moroto District Council Score-Card Report 2012/2013

"This is the fourth report for Moroto District Local Government for the Local Government Councils’ Score-card Initiative. The score-card assessed the performance the Local Government Council, the Chairperson, the Speaker and individual Councilors wh…

Observance of the Rule of Law in Mozambique

The briefing paper examines the extent to which Mozambiqans regard the success of the implementation of the rule of Law in Mozambique. It also analysis the degree to which Mozambicans feel that officials and citizens are punished when they do not ad…

Biological Weapons Convention - Confidence, the Prohibition and Learning from the Past

Confidence in the Biological Weapons Convention(BWC)needs to be strengthened. This can be done by asking what limits the relevance of Confidence Building Measures, but we also need to identify what else is necessary to establish and maintain confide…

Strengthening Prosecutorial Accountability in South Africa

This paper argues that independent and dedicated oversight of the South African National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is crucial if the organisation is to succeed in its mission and regain the public trust it has lost over the past few years. T…

Integrity in the Public Health Sector Service Delivery in Busia County

"The findings, highlighted in this report may serve as a basis for an action plan to improve service delivery in the county’s public health sector. The study will provide a foundation for empowering the citizens to increasingly demand for better ser…

Economic and Administrative Implications of the Devolution Framework Established by the Constitution of Kenya

The devolution framework entrenched in the Constitution of Kenya 2010 offers opportunities for the country to address key national challenges. These include: high poverty levels, inequalities, corruption and poor service delivery in the public se…

Understanding the Local Government System in Kenya A Citizen's Handbook

The first objective of this handbook is to provide citizens with information and insight on local government matters. The second objective is to sensitize citizens and other stakeholders to use the information and engage Local Authority leadership i…

Public Private Partnerships (PPP) Practice and Regulatory Policy in Kenya

PPPs may be defined as “institutional relationships between the state and the private for-profit and/or the private not for-profit sector, where the different public and private actors jointly participate in defining the objectives, the methods and …

Integrity in Water Supply Service Delivery in the Public Sector in Machakos County

The principal aim of this survey is to ascertain the extent of corruption in service delivery in the public water sector in Machakos County and to determine how citizens understand and perceive it and how actual “users” of the system, including bus…

Transparency and Accountability in Local Governance in Tanzania

When citizens perceive their government to be transparent and accountable to them - democracy will only grow and thrive. Citizens will support and complement government efforts if the government informs them of how decisions that affect them are tak…

Public Accounts Committees in Eastern Africa: A Comparative Analysis with a Focus on Tanzania

One of the standing committees of the Parliament of Tanzania — the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)— is an important institution for overseeing the implementation of the national budget and the expenditure of public monies. Properly functioning, the …

Building the Capacity of the Malian Police: Why MINUSMA needs to think outside the box

The policy brief aims to outline how the capacity-building aspect of the police component of MINUSMA can be strengthened to achieve the mission goal of assisting the re-establishment of state authority and the rebuilding of the security sector. The …

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