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Africa at 50+: Still Searching for the “Political Kingdom”

For the 21st century to become “Africa’s century”, it would require strong political leadership from the top—leadership that is committed and capable of mobilizing the population around a common “national project.” In the coming decades, African l...

Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis at the Crossroads

Since October 2016, protests around sectoral demands have degenerated into a political crisis in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions. This crisis has led to the reemergence of the Anglophone question and highlighted the limits of the Cameroonian gove...

Adedeji at 80: Moving Africa from Rhetoric to Action

This report informs on the millenium seminar which focused on strengthening Africa’s regional integration efforts and had three important goals: • To review the continent’s socio-economic and political condition and consider the development paradi...

Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance Through the APRM

Pan-Africanism has historically played a crucial role in shaping the foundations of African institutions, and continues to do so today. Divergent opinions on the structure of African institutions raise the question of how these ideologies should ...

The State of the South Sudanese National Unity

This paper discusses the state of South Sudan’s national unity. Ever since the outbreak of the violent conflict in 2013, the landscape in South Sudan has not been the same. The conflict has created very bitter divisions and experiences that have h...

The Implementation Gap of the Regional Integration Agenda in SADC / Seminar Report

This paper discussed the two-day policy advisory group seminar with the theme : “The Implementation Gap of the Regional Integration Agenda in the Southern African Development Community (SADC)”. The meeting brought together about 30 key policymaker...

The African Peer Review Mechanism at 15: Achievements and Aspirations

As the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) turns 15 on 9 March 2018, this milestone provides an ideal opportunity to acknowledge recent progress. The APRM Secretariat’s new ‘Three Rs strategy’ has begun to restore, reinvigorate and renew the mec...

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...

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 ...

Angola: One year into the Lourenço Presidency. What's next?

This policy brief analyzes Angola after João Lourenço was elected president of the country on August 2017. The election of Lourenco to presidency marks a pivotal shift for Angola’s political system, especially since José Eduardo Dos Santos, the fo...

Angola: Présidence Lourenço An I et après ? / Angola: One year into the Lourenço presidency. What's next?

After João Lourenço was elected president of Angola in August 2017, succeeding José Eduardo Dos Santos, who had led Angola for thirty-eight years, the country started to break away from the Dos Santos system and a very large number of members of t...

Africa Dialogue: Complexities of Coalition Politics in Southern Africa

When this publication was first conceived, it was meant to provide answers to three different, albeit inter-connected questions. Firstly, the question of what are the political conditions that lead to the formation of coalitions, either at the lev...

Local Government Property Tax Administration and Collaboration with Central Government: Case Studies of Kiambu, Laikipia and Machakos Counties, Kenya

Property taxes are a major source of revenue at sub-national levels in most countries, but their administration is complex, and in most cases the process involves both national and sub-national governments. In Kenya, county governments have legisl...

Les Cahiers du Conseil de Politique Economique / Economic Policy Council Papers

The main objective of the Economic Policy Council is to examine major themes likely to influence the short-term direction of our economic development. It aims to inform the decision-making of the Minister of Economy, and to stimulate debate on our...

An Institutional Account of Public Service Reforms: A Case Study of Civic Engagement in Water and Sanitation in Tanzania#

This brief snapshot key findings from an explanatory qualitative case study that examined the role of civic engagement (CE) in the evolving systems for providing water and sanitation (WATSAN) services in Tanzania. This issue is timely because afte...

Traditional Authority and State Legitimacy: Evidence from Namibia

Do African traditional leaders weaken state legitimacy at the local level? Past scholarship raises the possibility that unelected chiefs might undermine trust in national-level institutions. Relying on an original map of areas governed by chiefs...

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