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A Tangled Web The Perceived Influence of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Legislation on Corporate Social Investment in South Africa

This paper examines the perceived role of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) legislation and it’s Codes of Good Practice on the nature, scope, extent and reach of Corporate Social Investment (CSI) in South Africa. Key findings, incl…

The Future of Democracy in Africa

Democracy in much of Africa is currently constrained from delivering on its development potential for three reasons. Firstly, governance capacity is lacking. Secondly, the quality of electoral democracy is thin. Finally, neo patrimonialism undermine…

The Presidential (Transition) (Amendment) Bill: A Move from Diagnosis to Prescription

The first test for implementing major aspects of the Presidential (Transition) Act was presented during the post 2012 election period. Following the transition, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) initiated research to critically evaluate the pr…

Dealing with Winner takes All Politics in Ghana : The Case of National Development Planning

"During 2011, the Constitution Review Commission (CRC), recommended a national development plan that should be entrenched in the constitution and binding on successive governments. While the government accepted the need for a long-term plan, the rec…

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…

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 soc…

The Social Significance Of Ghana’s 2002 District Level Elections – In The Upper East Region

"This paper attempts to analyse the social structure of the District Assemblies created by the District Assembly Elections of 2002. The Upper East Region of Ghana, which is the poorest region in the country, is the focus of the study. The analysis i…

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…

Confronting the Challenge of Development, Environmental Management and Peace Building in Nigeria's Niger Delta: Beyond the Amnesty

This edition focus on reporting the key issues of the international workshop which confronted the challenges of development, environmental management and peace building in the Niger Delta: Beyond the Amnesty. It then presents recommendations for the…

Participation of Stakeholders in Development: Issues and CPED's Experience in Nigeria

The first article in this document is titled: Sixty five years of planning in Nigeria without stakeholder participation. This article gives some insight into the path of Nigeria's development planning during the time of colonial rule under Britain …

The Strategic Future of the ACP Group in the Aftermath of the Brexit Vote

In spite of the awareness about the campaign to leave the European Union (EU) by the United Kingdom (UK), the global markets showed their vulnerability in the wake of the referendum results on the Brexit of which 51.9% of British voters elected to l…

Assessing Policy Responses of African and International Actors on the Threats of Transnational Terrorism to Africa’s Security and Stability

The global war on terror and transnational terrorism have come to define the current political climate in the world. Transnational terrorism is everywhere from the United States of America to Australia, from Kenya to France, from Indonesia to Turkey…

Central African Republic’s Coup D’état: Underlying Causes and the Resulting Future Prospects for the State

The Central African Republic appears to be heading on a path of peace and stability, shown by the adoption of a new constitution and the election of a new president. In order to ensure this path's sustainability, the policy brief proposes a number o…

Africa at 50+: Still Searching for the “Political Kingdom”

For the 21st century to become “Africa’s century”, it would require strong political leadership from the top—leadership that is committed and capable of mobilizing the population around a common “national project.” In the coming decades, African lea…

Brexit: Lessons for Regionalism in Africa

Many European Union (EU) member states and their citizens were shocked by the Brexit outcome, forcing them to re-evaluate the costs and benefits of EU membership. This policy brief addresses the factors that led to the referendum decision and quest…

Indirect Colonial Rule and the Political Salience of Ethnicity

"This paper identifies indirect colonial rule as an important determinant of whether ethnicity becomes politically salient in the post-colonial context. We first demonstrate the existence of a cross-national relationship between indirect colonial ru…

African Centred Solutions: Building Peace and Security in Africa

This book comprises nine chapters focusing on the theoretical foundation for exploring and investigating the AfSol concept, offering examples and applications of AfSol practices aimed at addressing peace and security challenges. Chapter two - Interr…

Paradigm Shift: Youth Engagement in the Conduct of the 2015 Elections in Nigeria

This paper focuses on the engagement of youth in the conduct of the 2015 general elections in Nigeria, against a backdrop of historical experiences. The article illustrates a paradigm shift in youth engagement with regards to the conduct of election…

Two Decades of Election Observation by the African Union: A Review

This article discusses the various phases the African Union Election Observation Missions (AUEOMs) have passed through since participation by the Organization of African Unity OAU in the UN-led mission to monitor Namibia’s referendum in 1989. The …

Accountability, Contract Officers and the Integrity of the 2012 Election Outcome in Ghana

This paper presents a critical analysis of the 2012 election petition as an expression of dissatisfaction with the EC’s performance. The focus is on the role of temporary electoral officers in eroding public confidence in electoral processes, and …

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