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Corruption as an Obstacle to Reconciliation: Its Impact on Inequality and the Erosion of Trust in Institutions and People

This paper explores the relationship between inequality and reconciliation, corruption and inequality, and corruption and institutional trust. We have seen how corruption and mismanagement, at a local and national level, has affected access to basi…

Nigeria Conflict Insight

The modern state of Nigeria was the product of a merger, by the British, of the North and Southern Protectorates with the Colony of Lagos in 1914. Prior to the amalgamation, the country had been home to numerous kingdoms and tribes over millennia. …

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 suggest …

Peace and Security Council Report: Issue 104

This issue explores Africa’s new free trade area and violence in Cameroon. The 31st African Union (AU) summit in Nouakchott for the first time saw a vigorous interrogation of the organisation’s proposed budget. Issues of corruption and mismanageme…

The Buhari Meter: Matching Campaign Promises, Public Expectations and Government Actions in the first year of President Muhammadu Buhari's Government

The 2015 Presidential Election no doubt ranks among the most issue-determined contests in the history of elections in Nigeria. There was a clear divide between the then ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the main opposition, the…

Illicit Financial Flows in Kenya: Mapping of the Literature and Synthesis of the Evidence

I llicit Financial Flows (IFFs) are a persistent challenge in developing countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). IFFs account for huge sums of money transferred out of SSA countries illegally, stripping these countries of resources t…

Les Camerounais, conscients de leur rôle dans la lutte contre la corruption, hésitent à s’y engager / The Cameroonians, aware of their role in the fight against corruption, hesitate to engage in it

As in most African countries, corruption is an obstacle in the development of Cameroon. The state has put numerous procedures in place to curb the progress of corruption. Despite this process, Cameroon's ranking in the Corruption Perception Index of…

Arresting Corruption in Africa: Role of the Youth

Young people are most exposed to and hardest hit by corruption in Africa. Corruption remains a major obstacle to the continent’s social, political and economic transformation, and the causal relationship between corruption and instability is particu…

Nigeria Economic Update Issue No. 46

This short report discusses : the Debt Service Payment that Rose Significantly in the Second Half of 2018, it further talks about the Revenue Projections which declined by 26.3% in the Second Half of 2018, the following heading : Foreign Reserve De…

Making Information Disclosure in Extractive Governance Count for Accountability in Mozambique

In Mozambique, there has been some instances where Civil Society Organisation (CSO) work on information disclosure has contributed to actions resulting in the compensation and resettlement of affected mining communities, information about extractive…

Best Practices: Formalization and Due Diligence in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

This paper introduces various formalization and due diligence efforts within the ASM sector. We provide a general overview and explore examples of three countries—looking at the positive and negative impacts of these processes— to provide key lesson…

Corruption and State Instability in West Africa: An Examination of Policy Options

This paper raises a number of questions on corruption and state instability in West Africa and attempts to answer them: (a) What are the manifestations of corruption in West Africa? (b) Is there a causal relationship between corruption and state in…

Beyond the Card Reader: Elections Rigging as an Emerging National Security Threat in Nigeria

This paper provides an evaluation of the existing technological strategies in the Nigerian electoral process with a view to ascertain their reputed efficacy for solving the problem of electoral malpractices in the country. Are the devices really f…

From Civic Education to Anti-corruption Education: Building on the Experiences of South Africa and Tanzania

Corruption remains a major challenge for development in Africa. People worldwide perceive corruption as a widespread problem. Over the last two decades, anti-corruption and related education were almost absent from the development policy agenda, a…

Tax Administration Reforms: Lessons from Georgia and Uganda

Several tax revenue administrations have implemented significant reforms along their journeys with the aim of attaining higher tax revenue collections, improved taxpayer compliance and more efficient service delivery. The results defer from country …

Small Improvements, Not yet a 'New Dawn': South Africans Still See High Levels of Corruption

In his first State of the Nation Address, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (2018) announced “a new dawn” signaling the end of “all the negativity that has dogged our country,” including perceptions of widespread corruption under his predecess…

Africa and the New Rentier Effect: Oil, Aid, Regime-Type

Rentier state theory grew out of an attempt to understand political development in the oil-rich states of the Middle East. The framework has since been applied to understand the politics of resource-rich countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa,…

Ressources Naturelles et Fuite des Capitaux aux Cameroun / Natural Resources and Capital Flight in Cameroon

This study calls on the government (Ministry of Finances, of Economy and Plan, of Trade, of Mine), the to ameliorate governance in the oil and timber sectors, and also quality of institutions particularly those in charge of the country's trade. In…

Declining Trust: Basotho Perceptions of Government Corruption and Performance Drive Drop in Popular Trust

In a democracy, citizens delegate powers to individuals and political parties charged with building and maintaining institutions that will ensure the people’s well-being. In this arrangement, trust is one of the most important ingredients in the leg…

Les Malgaches Déplorent L’ampleur de la Corruption, mais Craignent de la Signaler /The Malagasy People Deplore the Extent of Corruption, but are Afraid to Report it

Corruption hampers economic and democratic development, and in Madagascar it is present both in the political sphere and in public services. That is why, since 2004, the country has engaged in the fight against corruption by setting up several insti…

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