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Transformation of the Pan-African Parliament A path to a legislative body?

"The inauguration of the Pan-African Parliament reflects a commitment towards enhancing and deepening democratic values and principles on the continent. The PAP forms part of the ambitious process of deepening the institutional framework for achiev…

The Security Agencies and the South African Constitution

"The purpose of this paper is to provide a basic yardstick with which the final Constitution can be measured, specifically regarding those clauses affecting the security agencies. As such, it discusses in turn the content of the draft Bill of Rights…

The African Peer Review Mechanism at country level: Views from Kenya

"In Kenya, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) began well. In 2006 the country became the third African state to be peer reviewed and thus one of the APRM pioneers. But neither government nor civil society championed the implementation of the…

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 3, no. 1, 1979

The first article focuses on the first elections in Rhodesia that allowed all Africans above the age of 18 to vote. The next article has one premise: the best guide to a government's response to external stimuli, pressures and incentives, lies in a…

Corporate Governance: South Africa, A Pioneer in Africa

" Africa is a continent which continues to suffer from high poverty rates and disease. While 30 years ago the average income in sub-Saharan Africa was twice that of both South and East Asia, Africa's is now well below half that of East Asia. There …

S A Reconciliation Barometer Tracking Socio Political Trends Vol 10 Iss 3

"In this issue, our focus returns to South Africa and, our own ongoing challenges in transition, it comes in the aftermath of the killings at Marikana, amid a protracted series of strikes in other mines and different sectors, and in the frenzied bui…

Make Peace Happen: Strengthening Political Governance for Peace, Security and Stability in Africa

"A research report based on the AU High-level Retreat held in Cairo, Egypt, from 4–5 September 2011, organised by the African Union Peace and Security Department in cooperation with the Government of Egypt, the African Centre for the Constructive Re…

Land Politics, Trust Relations in Government and Land Reform in South Africa: Experiences from the Western and Northern Cape Provinces

"The land question, as it is posed academically in South Africa, is at the cutting edge of the development debate. Should land held by poor peasants, often under some kind of communal tenure, be reorganised as private property and absorbed into the…

Somalia: The Trouble with Puntland

Excerpt: "The semi-autonomous north-eastern Somali region of Puntland, once touted as a success of the 'building blocks' approach to reestablishing national stability and widely viewed as one of the most prosperous parts of Somalia, is experiencing…

More Continuity Than Change? Reconfiguring Relations between ANC and Civil Society Post-Polokwane

"The material in this Policy Brief is drawn largely from this research, and opinions cited emanate from the interviews on which the research was based. The discussion interrogates perceptions of the nature and extent to which the ANC has revised its…

Decentralization and Public Service Delivery in Nigeria

"Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. The 2006 provisional census counted over 140 million people, 64 percent of whom live in rural areas. These rural areas are undergoing radical, noticeable change, particularly in the agricultural secto…

eAfrica: The Electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 1, October 2003

The African Peer review Mechanism is the leading subject in this volume. Peer Review may mark the start of a new diplomacy and the success of this will determine the survival of NEPAD. Practical implications for this process are given. A short art…

Mitigating the Adjustment Costs of International Trade

The evidence demonstrating that nations gain from trade is overwhelming. However, trade liberalization can cause disruption to firms and workers, and its gains and losses are spread unevenly. While many gain from trade, import surges have sometimes…

Mainstreaming Managing for Development Results: Where do we Start? Lessons from Tanzania

Managing for Development Results (MfDR) is a management strategy that focuses on using performance information to improve decision making. MfDR involves using practical tools for strategic planning, risk management, progress monitoring, and outcom…

Trust in Institutions, Evaluations of Government Performance decline in Cabo Verde / Confiança nas instituições, avaliações do declínio do desempenho do governo em Cabo Verde

For 15 years after independence, Cabo Verde’s one-party regime did not allow for the evaluation of politicians by citizens. The establishment of a democratic regime from 1991 onwards birthed a new form of relationship between elected leaders and v…

Better but not Good Enough? How Africans see the Delivery of Public Services

Africa has long been characterized as a continent of strong societies and weak states. This image suggests that, compared to an informal sector rich in networks of self-help, mutual aid, and private entrepreneurship, public sector institutions are i…

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…

Ugandans Commend their Government's Performance in Bridging the Gender Gap

Bridging gender gaps is a global priority, embodied in the United Nations (2019) Sustainable Development Goal No. 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” Its importance is underscored by the insight that countries cannot develo…

Using M&E to Improve Government Performance and Accountability

The policy- and decision-making environment is inherently political – both party political in terms of achieving an electoral mandate, and in terms of organisation politics and the political economy of the country. This leads to webs of power and in…

The Challenge of Prioritisation and Alignment in Public Sector Planning and Implementation - Literature Review

The aim of this research is to undertake a literature review focusing on two areas: Approaches, processes and tools that could support more effective plan prioritisation and budget alignment; and The utilization of monitoring and evaluation systems…

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