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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 ignored…

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 conversat…

Whither Human Rights in African International Relations?

"Strict observance of state sovereignty, once a mainstay of international relations, has given way to a global concern to protect human rights wherever they are threatened. On paper, at least, Africa shares this international commitment in its estab…

Aid to Africa: What can the EU and China Learn from Each Other?

"With China’s increasing role in Africa, the issue of aid to Africa has been high on the China–EU agenda and the subject of considerable debate. This occasional paper focuses on one area of potential co-operation, i.e. China’s and the EU’s aid poli…

Creating incentives for reform: The EU accession process

"The aim of this report is to provide an overview of the EU accession process, and to extract possible guidelines as to the internal and external incentives necessary to generate higher rates of economic growth and development in African states.This…

The OAU, AU, NEPAD and the Promotion of Good Governance in Africa

"The paper argued that there are ample grounds for optimism on the ability of NEPAD and the APR to promote good governance. NEPAD is dubbed as a home-initiated project, which give it some degree of support and legitimacy in Africa. Besides, the grow…

West Africa Insight Vol 5 No.1: Secessionist Movement

This journal comprises several articles. The first article on page 4 is titled: Biafran Separatist Agitations in Nigeria: Causes, trajectories, scenarios and the way forward by Prof. Jideofor Adibe discusses the causes of the civil war in the Republ…

Urban Areas Performance Index 2017: Eldoret

This brief shows performance of Eldoret town based on three areas, namely: service delivery, conditions for investment and governance. This town's performance was assessed using the Urban Areas Performance Index, a composite Index comprising 67 ind…

Urban Areas Performance Index 2017: Nakuru

This brief shows performance of Nakuru town based on three areas, namely: service delivery, conditions for investment and governance. This town's performance was assessed using the Urban Areas Performance Index, a composite Index comprising 67 indic…

International Tourist Arrivals in Africa: Do Issues of Good Governance Matter? - Paper

Political stability, good governance, and an enabling business environment provide the foundation for tourism growth. Promotion of good governance in Africa, it is believed, has the potential to enhance the image and attractiveness of the continent …

Review of the Security Situation in the West African Sub-region: Advocating for Security Improvement to Promote Regional Development

West Africa and Ghana face serious security challenges that have consequences for public safety. The sub-region over the years has encountered several unresolved security problems that are further compounded by emerging threats and health pandemics.…

Human Development as a Pathway to Transformed and Peaceful Societies: Governance and Development in Zimbabwe

This research document investigates the role of human development as a pathway to a transformed and peaceful Zimbabwe. It shows that the quality of governance and its impact on development outcomes matter. Periods of poor governance have exacerbated…

Third Time's a Charm? Reflections on the First and Second APRM Reports of Kenya, Mozambique and Uganda

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) was designed to enhance governance on the continent through self-assessment and the sharing of experiences between countries. Since its establishment in 2003, only three out of a possible 41 African countries…

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