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Job Performance of MPs, Local Councillors: Are Representatives Serving Voters or Themselves?

"Members of Parliament (MPs) and local government councillors are elected to represent their constituents. In a functioning democracy, these office-holders are expected to represent the public interest and to be accountable to those who elected them…

Does Personal Experience of Bribery Explain Protest Participation in Africa?

"This paper examines the effect of direct experience with bribery on collective action using survey data on reactions of citizens to a hypothetical situation of corruption as the first dependent variable and participation in protests as the second. …

South Africans Demand Government Accountability Amid Perceptions of Growing Corruption

A report by South Africa’s Public Protector has triggered the latest scandal involving President Jacob Zuma and other state officials, who are accused of improper and unethical conduct in the awarding of state contracts. The latest investigation foc…

Are Africans Willing to Pay Higher Taxes or User Fees for Better Health Care?

"In many parts of Africa, access to and quality of medical services remain poor. While economic growth in recent decades has fostered improved health care on the continent, weak funding, brain drain of trained professionals, and ongoing battles wi…

The Roots of Corruption: The Ghanaian Enquiry Revisited

Due to its deleterious and corrosive consequences on politics, governance, security and socio-economic development, corruption has engaged the attention of the international community, politicians and citizens. Several strategies including reform o…

A Follow-up Report on the Community Work Programme in Bokfontein

In this community, people worked in various projects such as road maintenance, gardening, home-based care, afterschool care, cutting grass, installing pipes for water, and working on the park. All these projects were also found to be effective in f…

Fighting Corruption in the Public Sector of Ghana: The Role of Assets Declaration

As indicated by both anecdotal and evidence based research, corruption is endemic in the public sector. Many people posit that where assets are declared, upon assumption of public office, officials could better yield to public scrutiny. The assets o…

Efficacy for Fighting Corruption: Evidence from 36 African Countries

Corruption is a major obstacle to economic growth, human development, and poverty reduction. The practice of demanding or expecting monetary or other benefits in exchange for preferential treatment has plagued the global South, and high-profile rev…

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 c…

Tax Compliance: Africans Affirm Civic Duty but Lack Trust in Tax Department

In any economy, balancing expenditures, revenues, and debts is a delicate and often politicized task. Competing interests and priorities buffet those tasked with planning a viable and stable national budget. For any state, taxes raised from indivi…

What is the Tanzania Governance Noticeboard?

"The Noticeboard’s overall objective is to collect, process and present information relevant to the strengthening of accountability, transparency and integrity in Tanzania. This should empower stakeholders to participate in governance issues for loc…

Money and Politics in Nigeria

"This book is a product of two seminars on the theme of ‘money and politics' held by IFES at the University of Jos and the University of Ibadan in May 2006. It addresses the dimensions of political corruption in Nigeria that has begun to attract the…

Part II Results from the 'Views of the People' Survey

This document comprises Chapters 4 to 8 which follows on from Poverty and Human Development 2007 entitled: Status of Growth and Poverty Reduction Part 1. "These chapters provide a summary of the key findings from the Views of the People Survey condu…

Implications of Cash Dominated Transactions for Money Laundering

"Money laundering has traditionally been associated solely with banks. Action to combat money laundering has therefore focussed on the banks, reflecting the historical emphasis on the laundering of street cash derived from the sale of drugs. While i…

Transforming Uganda’s Public Policy, Economy, and Politics; What we must do to make Uganda better

"Who should improve things? That is a question posed at the 7th meeting of the State of the Nation Platform, most of whose members fall in the dissatisfied age group. Appropriately, the discussion was led by a panel drawn from amongst the STON membe…

Transforming Uganda’s Public Policy, Economy and Politics; What We Must Do to Make Uganda Better

"It is quite common to hear Ugandans complain, quite reasonably, about the poor delivery of public services and goods. They do not like what they see in their hospitals (rotten facilities and not enough drugs), in their schools (crowded classrooms w…

War and Peace in Sierra Leone : Diamonds, Corruption and the Lebanese Connection

"This report presents an overview and analysis of the situation in Sierra Leone with respect to the diamond industry since United Nations intervention in 2000. It evaluates efforts made by the Sierra Leone government to ensure greater transparency a…

On Corruption in South Africa An Alternative Interpretation for the Case of the Police Service

"This paper seeks to shed some light on the complexities of the phenomenon of corruption and, by extension,institutional performance. It focuses on the SAPS to illustrate its assertions. As a key institution responsible for social order in a country…

Money and Morality 2006 Transformation Audit

"The thematic focus of the Transformation Audit this year enables us to present, in addition to our regular research updates, some studies relevant to that concern of many South Africans: enrichment and official malpractice. This covers a spectrum r…

Political Governance, Conflict Management and Anti-Corruption Policies

"Mauritius is regularly cited as an example of political stability and democracy at both the regional and global level. The Mauritian model has, over the decades, ensured that each component of our complex socio‐cultural fabric is represented at the…

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