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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 achi...

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 Righ...

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 t...

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 a...

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 experienci...

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 i...

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 sec...

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...

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. Ther...

Indigenous Knowledge Systems And Good Governance In Ghana: The Traditional Akan Socio-Political Example

"This paper explores the relationship between aspects of indigenous African political culture and the quest for appropriate principles and practices for Africa's political future. Its main thesis is that some political values of traditional Akan s...

Needed: A Legal Framework for Strengthening Oversight Role of the Kenyan Parliament

This policy brief is drawn from a research paper on Horizontal Accountability of the Executive to the Legislature in Africa: A Case of Kenya. Key questions revolved around: the mechanisms used by parliament to get information on the performance ...

Horizontal Accountability of the Executive to the Legislature in Africa: A Case Study of Kenya

"This paper assesses the legislative, representative, financial control and oversight roles played by parliaments in Africa, with Kenya as the main case study in a context of accountability. The regional focus includes all the countries of East ...

Can the APRM be an Effective Tool to Monitor Agenda 2063 and the SDGs?

"Monitoring and evaluation has emerged as a central concern in development thinking. Both the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the AU’s Agenda 2063 represent responses to Africa’s developmental deficits, with much overlap between t...

Performance Measurement in Capacity Building: A Review of Frameworks and Indicators by Development Partner Institutions in Public Service Management

"Africa suffers from a conspicuous shortage of human and institutional capacity, which is a major constraint to economic growth, poverty reduction and sustainable development. Many of the African governments lack capacity to design, implement and ...

Review of Parliamentary Scorecards in Africa

"This study seeks to establish the state of parliamentary scorecard development, challenges to its future development, and possible routes forward to develop a universal parliamentary evaluation framework using a scorecard methodology that will as...

Public Service Delivery in South Africa: Councillors and Citizens Critical Links in Overcoming Persistent Inequities

The August 2016 local government elections in South Africa sent an earthquake through the political class when the African National Congress (ANC) lost power in three major cities of the country. Coalition governments led by the Democratic Allia...

Social Inclusion and Service Delivery in A Fragile and Post-Conflict Environment in Africa

The post-colonial state in Africa has attracted great interest from scholars and development partners because of the recognition that no development can take place without a proper functioning state. The state is expected to provide and deliver ...

Almost Half of Zimbabweans have Considered Emigrating: Job Search is Main Pull Factor

According to some estimates, up to 3-4 million Zimbabweans live outside their country – a diaspora that may be one-fourth the size of the entire in-country population (UNDP, 2010). Perhaps more than 2 million Zimbabwean emigrants live in South Afr...

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 sometim...

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 outc...

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