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Implementing The Presidential (Transition) Act: Lessons, Challenges And The Way Forward

"The post-2012 election period presented the first test for implementing major aspects of the Presidential (Transition) Act, 2012 (Act 845). This paper undertakes a preliminary assessment of how the law has been implemented. The approach taken invol…

The Unconstitutionality Of The Serious Fraud Office Bill

"In almost all countries, the world over, it has been the experience of the various inhabitants that, for most of their problems, a trial and error approach with appropriate correction has been the significant hallmark that stamps them all as progre…

Enhancing The Decentralisation Programme: District Assemblies And Sub-Structures As Partners In Governance

"Ten years ago, Ghana embarked on a major programme of local government reform and decentralisation. Ten years ago in 1989, the phased programme of District Assembly elections was concluded and the Assemblies inaugurated. Ten years ago, the then PND…

Constitution-Making in Côte d’Ivoire

Ivorians will vote on 30 October 2016, regarding the adoption of a new draft constitution unveiled only 25 days earlier. Few citizens have read the text, which was drawn up by a committee of experts and which parliament rapidly endorsed. The governm…

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 Af…

Les Changements de la Gouvernance d’Entreprise : Une Lecture de la Dynamique du Conseil d’Administration à partir de la Théorie Sociologique du Champ / Changes in Corporate Governance: A Reading of the Dynamics of the Board of Directors from the Sociologi

This document aims at explaining the changes of the board of directors with the aid of the sociological field theory. The said changes depend on the modifications operated on the various forms of capital distribution between the directors which mod…

Civic Engagement: Activating the Potentials of Local Governance in Uganda

In this seventh Local Government Councils’ Scorecard Assessment Report, we present evidence-based performance results of the elected political leaders in 35 districts around the country during the FY 2016/2017. The assessment focuses on the role pol…

South Africans Increasingly Dissatisfied with their Elected Leaders' Performance

"Public approval of the performance of the president, members of Parliament (MPs), and local government councillors has declined. The president’s approval rating is at its lowest level since 2000, well below the regional average for presidents. Unsu…

Parliament of Kenya Parliamentary Service Commission Eleventh Parliament Concept Note - Formation of a Parliamentary Caucus on Evidence-Informed Oversight and Decision-making

In this concept note the formation of the Parliamentary Caucus on Evidence-Informed Oversight and Decision-making is proposed. The membership of this informal network will comprise of both the members of National Assembly as well as Senate who are c…

Dakar’s Municipal Bond Issue: A Tale of Two Cities

Currently the rapid growth of Africa's cities overwhelms their central and municipal governments. Strategic planning has been insufficient and the provision of basic services to residents is worsening. Widespread devolution, since the 1990's has s…

South African Scenarios 2024 : Politics, Violence and Growth in the Rainbow Nation

Three different political, economic and social scenarios is presented in this paper for South Africa until the year 2024. This is one of three publications on the future of South Africa released simultaneously by the Institute for Security Studies …

Kenya’s Coast: Devolution Disappointed

The enormous public expectations which was raised by the devolved government on Kenya’s coast have turned into disappointment. Patronage politics that marked the former centralized system has been replicated in the new counties, making government ev…

l’Émission de l’Obligation Municipale à Dakar : Le Conte de Deux Cités / Dakar’s Municipal Bond Issue: A Tale of Two Cities

Municipal and central governments are being overwhelmed by the rapid growth of Africa’s cities. The provision of basic services to residents is worsening and strategic planning has been insufficient. Since the 1990s, widespread devolution has substa…

Election 2004 and the Policy Challenge of the NPP Government

"Election 2004 has come and gone. The conduct was transparent and the outcome peaceful. The euphoria and the celebrations have ended and the furor over results subsided. The process of forming the new Government is now seriously under way. The time …

Ghana's Presidential Transition Bill: A Timely Opportunity for Institutional Reform

"The Presidential Transition Bill provides a framework for managing the political transfer of power from an out-going democratically elected President to an incoming President. This article evaluates key attributes of the proposed legislation. First…

To Cap or Not to Cap: The Supreme Court of Ghana

"There are fears that our present Constitutional provision leaves room for the eventuality that a determined President of the Republic may or can deliberately use his appointive power to increase, unduly, the number of Supreme Court Justices with t…

Chiefs And Traditional Authorities And Their Role In The Democratic Order And Governance

"The paper makes a strong defense for the relevance of the chieftaincy institution in modern democratic Ghana, and argues the need to integrate our cultural and traditional values into modern government and society. The forced acquisition of stool a…

Money and Politics in Nigeria

"This book is a product of two seminars on the theme of ‘money and politics' held by IFES at the University of Jos and the University of Ibadan in May 2006. It addresses the dimensions of political corruption in Nigeria that has begun to attract the…

Elections, Politics and External Involvement in Djibouti

"The first part of this situation report provides a brief overview of the political and electoral history of Djibouti. The second gives the legal framework for the conduct of elections and then examines the preparations for the April 2011 presidenti…

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 47 and 48

“Southern Africa Record contains the original texts of or extracts from, important statements by political leaders, government representatives and international organisations, concerning international relations in the southern region of Africa. In a…

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