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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…

How Poor Governance and Corruption Affects the Youth in Kenya

The quest for youth participation in governance, politics and other developmental processes is an increasing global concern. To this end, the UN General Assembly adopted the World Programme of Action for Youth to the year 2000 and beyond to advance …

The Big Governance Issues in Botswana: A Civil Society Submission to the African Peer Review Mechanism

Botswana is praised globally for its prudent economic management, good governance and multi-party democracy. Elections are held every five years, fundamental human rights and freedoms are protected, citizens have access to essential goods and servic…

Anticipatory Governance in SADC: Reducing Disaster Risk After COVID-19

Humans exist in complex adaptive socio-ecologically linked systems that interact, learn, react, change and adapt. Disaster risk reduction (DRR) functions within these systems in SADC and its member states. However, DRR cannot be viewed as the respon…

Juventude (des)Interessada? Perspetivas dos Jovens Sobre a Democracia e a Governança em Cabo Verde / Youth (un)Interested? Young People's Perspectives on Democracy and Governance in Cape Verde

According to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation (2019), trends with regard to promoting youth integration in Africa are worrying. Considering that in 2019, around 60% of the continent's population was under the age of 25, the socio-economic integration of yo…

Youth Submission to the APRM in South Africa 2020/2021

South Africa’s African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) civil society working group identified nine governance issues to be included in this submission: The first is youth political participation. Despite having a youth population of over 60%, young Sou…

Strengthening Collaboration between Civil Society Organisations and the State in Ghana: Indicator Tracking and Strengthening

Research shows that National Evaluation Systems (NES) have been emerging in various African countries, differing in maturity, capacity and effectiveness. African governments are implementing evaluation systems to measure outcomes and impacts of thei…

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…

International Tourist Arrivals in Africa: Do Issues of Good Governance Matter?

Political stability, good governance, and an enabling business environment provide the foundation for tourism growth. Promotion of good governance in Africa, it is believed, has the potential to enhance the image and attractiveness of the continent …

Visites de Touristes Internationaux en Afrique: Les Questions de Bonne Gouvernance sont-elles Importantes ? / International Tourists Arrivals in Africa: Do Issues of Good Governance Matter?

Political stability, good governance, and an enabling business environment provide the foundation for tourism growth. Promotion of good governance in Africa, it is believed, has the potential to enhance the image and attractiveness of the continent …

Togo: Unlocking the gate to political succession

Protests have erupted over constitutional reforms and the Gnassingbé family dynasty. Will the people of Togo finally get the change they’ve long been demanding? 

Cameroon's Anglophone crisis demands urgent attention

Since October 2016, protests around sectoral demands have degenerated into a political crisis in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions, sparking concern about violence and instability ahead of next year's elections. Analysts from the International Crisis Gr…

Book extract: Fate of the Nation – 3 Scenarios for South Africa’s Future

Ahead of the African National Congress's elective conference next week, this extract from Jakkie Cilliers' new book is a timely reminder of what's at stake for Jacob Zuma and the country.

5 papers to read on APRM Day

Africa’s most important governance self-evaluation and promotion instrument – the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) – turns 15 today. We round up recent related research from our library. 

What to expect from Brookings' Foresight Africa 2019 report

The Brookings Institution this week launched its annual report on Africa's priorities in 2019 at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg. Below is a letter from the editor, Brahima S. Coulibaly. Download the full report …

Return of the generals: Reflections on the military coups in Zimbabwe and Sudan

"The question for Sudan, as it was for Zimbabwe, is to what extent any substantive and genuine reforms will be realised if the military entrenches itself within the corridors of executive power," writes David Kiwuwa. 

How to ensure effective government responses as COVID-19 spreads to rural areas

Policy makers and researchers tracking the impacts of COVID-19 and control measures have thus far focused mostly on urban areas, where the disease can spread rapidly. In this post, Katrina Kosec and Catherine Ragasa point out the need to pay attenti…

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