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BIDPA Briefing Public Sector Reforms

"Public sector reforms in Botswana are broadly perceived to mean structural and procedural changes aimed at obtaining a more efficient and effective public service. Amongst the above-listed components of public sector reforms, Botswana has given…

Supporting Democracy: The South Africa-Canada Program on Governance

The purpose of this report is to record and analyze (evaluate) the accomplishments of the South Africa– Canada Program on Governance (PoG) and the lessons learned in the course of its operation from its origin in 1992 through to the end of 1997. Thi…

African Civil Society: Prospects for Raising Awareness on Priority Issues

Sub-Saharan Africa is grappling with such severe and recurring economic, political and social crises that some of them, including HIV/AIDS, food insecurity and civil war, have ended up as humanitarian disasters. Making such a statement is not indic…

Between Hope and Scepticism: Civil Society and the African Peer Review Mechanism

history. We are currently witnessing major ferment in the development of the poorest continent on the planet. In the wake of the failure of the structural adjustment policies of the Bretton Woods institutions and of the negative effects of nationa…

Local Initiatives in the African Great Lakes Region: Community Voices and Sustainable Development

The research for this study was undertaken in Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo during the latter part of 1997, three years after the crisis in Rwanda. The study is not an analysis of the crisis of 1994, despite the fact that th…

NEPAD in Perspective: A New Development Agenda for the Peoples of Africa

The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) has been called many things in the past including; "a plan of African leaders", "a commitment to good governance, democracy, human rights, economic and social development", "a holstic, integrated …

Inducing Development Results in Sierra Leone's Public Sector: A Look at the Performance Tracking Table as a Results Tool

Sierra Leone has witnessed massive public sector reforms to maximize development results since the end of its civil war in 2002. The reforms included the introduction of results-based management (RBM). Since 2006, the country has experimented with a…

Mauritians Still Trust their Institutions but Think Corruption is Strongly Affecting Them

"Afrobarometer’s latest survey shows that although Mauritians still trust their political institutions, they are increasingly concerned about corruption. In this context, six in 10 (60%) Mauritians said in the latest report by the Independent Commi…

Mauritians Trust their Institutions but Say Corruption is Growing

"Mauritians trust their political institutions but are increasingly concerned about corruption, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows. More than two-thirds (69%) of Mauritians say corruption increased “somewhat” or “a lot” over the year preceding th…

Capacity Development in Africa: New Approach Motivated by Thinking on "Animal Spirits"

Animal spirits in modern economics has a specific meaning; it refers to the restless and inconsistent element in the economy as well as the peculiar relationship people have with ambiguity and uncertainty, which tends to lead to paralysis or incre…

Moving Beyond Africa's Crisis of Institutions

"This paper explains the dysfunctional state of African institutions and suggests possible interventions for effective and resilient institutions at the national, regional and continental level. It argues that institutional failure in Africa can be …

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