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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 mecha…

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 in…

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 form…

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 the…

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 after …

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 a…

Spotlighting Governance Challenges: Lessons from Namibia

In January 2017 Namibia became the 37th state to join the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the continent’s self-assessment tool promoting good governance. In 2018 Namibian civil society organisations (CSOs) met to develop an evidence-based writ…

Lessons from Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is an example of a multi-stakeholder initiative (MSI). Such frameworks became prominent in the early 21st century, bringing together governments, business and civil society to collectively solve governance ch…

Strengthening Participation of Civil Society Organisations in National Evaluation Systems: Insights from Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Ghana

Recent diagnostic studies unpacked the current status of a National Evaluation System (NES) in five partner countries, in order to determine the most appropriate interventions for strengthening evaluation systems in targeted countries. This work hig…

Report on Scoping Visit to Kenya: 19-22 June 2017

Twende Mbele programme seeks to support governments in South Africa, Uganda and Benin to strengthen government-wide Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems, practices, and their capacity to analyse M&E findings. The programme enhances government a…

Report on a Scoping Visit to Ghana: 13-15 June 2017

A Twende Mbele delegation, comprised of the Chair of the Management Committee, Director for CLEAR-AA, and the South African Project Coordinator: Dr Ian Goldman, Dr Laila-Ruth Smith and Ms Rendani Manugu, respectively, undertook a scoping visit to G…

Pathways to Strengthen the Quality of Public Service Delivery in Uganda: Barazas as Citizen Advocacy Forums

Studies on governance show that the provision of information and the involvement of beneficiaries in project monitoring can significantly improve both the quantity and the quality of local public service delivery. Drawing on findings from a qualit…

Assessment of Country Progress in CSO Enabling Environment in Tanzania

The current report is an assessment of the progress made by Tanzania in implementing the Busan Commitments on creating enabling environment for Civil Society Organisations. Specifically, the assessment analyses the extent to which the rights and f…

Burundian Civil Society Organisations and the Monitoring of Development Effectiveness: Capacity, Structure and Engagement Framework for Government, Donors and Civil Society Organisations

The purpose of the research is to study in detail the environment (legal, economic and political) in which the Burundian civil society is operating as well as Burundi's compliance with its international commitments on CSO development after the fourt…

South Africa in the World: Navigating a Changing Global Order

This report was compiled from Institute for Global Dialogue’s (IGD) flagship symposium South Africa in the World, held in November 2018 and February 2019 and engaged government, academia, business, non-governmental and civil society actors. The symp…

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 lea…

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 govern…

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 paradigm…

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 be…

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