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Effective Budget Oversight in Botswana: Role of the Legislature and the Office of the Auditor General

"The paper discusses the effectiveness of public budget oversight in Botswana. It assesses the roles of Parliament and the Office of the Auditor General in budget oversight and makes recommendations on how to improve the effectiveness of oversight...

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...

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...

Public Spending at the District Level in Ghana

"Public spending may influence poverty alleviation objectives at several levels including overall spending plans of government (aggregate fiscal policy), policy decisions funded in the budget and the flow of budgeted resources to Ministries, Depa...

Public Administration for a Democratic Developmental State in Africa : Prospects and Possibilities

"The goal of this paper is to examine the concept of a developmental public service and administration within the context of a democratic developmental state (DDS) in Africa. Developmental public service and administration means an efficient and ...

Understanding the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Dispute Resolution System in South Africa: An Analysis of CCMA Data

"Dispute resolution has shown itself to be the most important section of the labour debate as it revolves directly around mistreatment of workers and a possibility to influence job creation in the future. With employment grievances coming to the C...

Unchecked Executive Powers: Lessons in Effective Government Design

"Without checks and balances, the executive branch of government will inevitably dominate governance structures. This tendency has been particularly pronounced in Africa, in part because countries inherited the structures of the colonialists and t...

Civil Society Participation in Uganda's APRM Process

Ugandan NGOs faced challenges in influencing their national APRM process, but this paper shows that with resourcefulness, focus and energy, motivated groups can make a difference. In Uganda, umbrella organisations were appointed to represent civil...

Understanding APRM Research: Planning, Process and Politics. A Practical Handbook for Peer Review Research

Based on experiences of researchers working on early APRM reports, this handbook offers practical advice on tackling all aspects of this complex research process. This edition of the SAIIA Occasional Papers Series presents two papers by SAIIA res...

Addressing the African Peer Review Mechanism's Programmes of Action

Examining the first six APRM Programmes of Action, this paper traces how PoAs are developed, implemented and monitored, and how they could be strengthened going forward. This edition of the SAIIA Occasional Papers Series presents two papers by SAI...

Lessons in Effective Citizen Activism: The Anti-Third Term Campaign in Zambia

Learn how Zambian civil society mobilised effectively to stop former President Frederick Chiluba changing the Constitution to run for a third term as president. Often, we complain that we lack the time, money and expertise to make any difference ...

Lessons from citizen activism in Uganda: Saving Mabira Forest

People power (and lessons from previous failures) enabled Ugandan environmentalists to save a vital forest from commercial exploitation. This paper examines how African civil society organisations have successfully influenced policy Often, we co...

Engaging with Parliaments: Advice to Civil Society

Practical strategies and hands-on tactics for CSOs seeking to influence policy-making in African parliaments. This paper examines how African civil society organisations have successfully influenced policy. Often, we complain that we lack the tim...

Preventing Corruption in African Procurement

This paper discusses some of the ingredients for building stronger systems. It examines public procurement - the purchasing of goods and services by government departments or state-owned enterprises - which involves enormous sums of money, and the...

What Makes for Effective Anti-Corruption Systems?

This paper is by Marianne Camerer, co-founder and international director of Global Integrity, an international non-governmental organisation that tracks anti-corruption systems. Drawing on international best practice, she argues that the condition...

Media Freedom, Transparency and Governance

This paper, by veteran journalist Raymond Louw, asks a fundamental question: 'Can good governance exist without a free and independent media?' And he argues that Africa's premier governance and accountability tool - The APRM - seems to have ignor...

Making the News: Why the APRM didn't

In this paper, Brendan Boyle who covered the South African peer review process for the Sunday Times newspaper, reflects on why, in his opinion, the APRM failed to capture the imagination of the public and the press, and generate a national convers...

Using Representative Opinion Surveys in the African Peer Review Mechanism Process

Opinion surveys capture public perceptions. What are the key considerations when designing and implementing them in the APRM? All participating countries in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process have had to struggle with the long, compl...

Payment and Independence: Does a client relationship with government inhibit ‘think-tank' criticism?

This paper explores how policy research institutions (or think-tanks) will be challenged to retain their objectivity on public policy issues regardless of their source of funds, in processes such as the APRM. Drawing from the Nigerian situation (w...

Do think tanks benefit from APRM work? Kenya’s experience

This paper gives a view from three members of the research team employed in the Kenyan APRM Process as the Lead technical Agency (LTA) on socio-economic development issues, from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Nairobi. Th...

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