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Housing policy in Ghana: Providing Incentives to Investors and Consumers

"A discussion of the housing market problems in Ghana must recognize the pervasive role of Government. Not only does Government exert an indirect influence generally on housing markets through tax policies, but it also exerts, in particular, a direc…

The New Sub-Metropolitan District Council Establishment Instruments: Lack of Policy Clarity or Failure of Legislation Drafting?

"The otherwise serene existence of Sub-Metropolitan District Councils as the first levels of the metropolitan structures of the metropolitan assemblies has been thrown into confusion as a result of the enactment of four pieces of subsidiary legislat…

Job Performance of MPs, Local Councillors: Are Representatives Serving Voters or Themselves?

"Members of Parliament (MPs) and local government councillors are elected to represent their constituents. In a functioning democracy, these office-holders are expected to represent the public interest and to be accountable to those who elected them…

Upholding Good Governance: Democracy, Elections, and Local Institutions under Political and Social Uncertainty

The first issue brief in this chapter is titled: We need to learn from recent crises in West Africa: Local governance and civil society solutions on pages 94-97. Major progress was made in 2016, firstly with cooperation between African governments,…

A Follow-up Report on the Community Work Programme in Bokfontein

In this community, people worked in various projects such as road maintenance, gardening, home-based care, afterschool care, cutting grass, installing pipes for water, and working on the park. All these projects were also found to be effective in f…

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…

A New Chapter Beckons: South Africa at the Crossroads

This paper analyzed the recent developments on the South African political landscape, which marked a rupture from one chapter within an epoch to a new one. To be more explicit, the recent manoeuvres by President Jacob Zuma facilitated the conclusion…

Democratic Devolution: Structuring Citizen Participation in Sub-National Governance

Public participation has become a central concern of modern democratic politics. It is increasingly recognised that citizens have the right to ongoing involvement in their own governance, and that systems to facilitate it need to be put in place. Co…

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 Allianc…

Business, Growth and Inclusion: Tackling Youth Unemployment in Cities, Towns and Townships

In this research report, CDE focuses on the 20 municipal regions with the highest number of unemployed young people and considers possible solutions that will have a significant impact in these, sometimes very different, locations. Youth unemploy…

Citizens in Action: How to Build Constructive Business-Government Relationships in Urban Areas

In this report, we focus on how to promote and sustain a momentum for growth and change at the municipal level. In Part One, we start by assessing what municipalities are empowered to do, and how they have different capacities to initiate solutions…

Governance and Security Challenges in Post Apartheid Southern Africa

This report by the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, considers the key governance and security challenges facing Southern Africa, with a focus on the 15-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region’s…

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…

The Role of Fiscal Decentralization in Promoting Participatory Development in Ethiopia

"Decentralization is used to denote the transfer of responsibility from central government bodies and its agencies to field units of the central government, and semi-autonomous private or voluntary organizations. This definition is obviously too bro…

Fiscal Decentralization : Experiences of Selected Countries

"The objective of this paper is therefore to investigate the experiences of three selected countries - the United States of America, Brazil and Russia - and draw appropriate lessons for Ethiopia. The rationale for selecting these countries is strai…

Reflections on the 2008 Zimbabwe Elections

"This analysis seeks to explore how the 2008 elections in Zimbabwe remained central in addressing and/or worsening the persisting political and economic landscape in Zimbabwe and its impact on regional peace and security in southern Africa and the …

Local Government and Democracy in Lesotho

"This briefing, describing changes in democratic attitudes in Lesotho, is based on a survey of 1,161 Basotho who are 18 years of age or older, administered between 6 July 2005 and 17 August 2005. The survey was conducted in 145 villages, in census e…

Local Government Councils' Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda Mbarara District council Score-card Report 2012/2013

"This is the second Local Government Scorecard assessment report for Mbarara District Local Government. Using the scorecard, ACODE assesses the performance of the District Council, the Speaker and individual Councilors who are vested with powers and…

Local Government Councils' Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda Moroto District Council Score-Card Report 2012/2013

"This is the fourth report for Moroto District Local Government for the Local Government Councils’ Score-card Initiative. The score-card assessed the performance the Local Government Council, the Chairperson, the Speaker and individual Councilors wh…

L’impact de la Qualité de la Gouvernance sur la Rentabilite Durable des Entreprises Familiales dans le Contexte d'un Pays en Développement : Le cas du Cameroun / The Impact of the Quality of Governance on the Sustainable Profitability of the Family Busine

The objective of this paper is to identify the determinants of the quality of corporate governance and to empirically evaluate the relationship between the sustainable profitability of the company and three indicators, namely: the size of the manag…

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