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Picking up the pieces: Liberia’s peacebuilding efforts post-Ebola

"Liberia is at a critical juncture in terms of its ability to maintain its hard-won peace and ensure that its reconciliation and sustainable development efforts are not derailed. The West African country, with a population of 3.124 million,1 celebra…

A Good Governance Driver: Is the African Peer Review Mechanism up to it?

"The introduction of the AU’s Agenda 2063 means that yet another governance initiative has entered the African political landscape. This policy briefing examines the place of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) within Agenda 2063, as well as th…

Next Time Better? Conducting the APRM's 'Second Generation' Reviews

"Reviews conducted under the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) are intended to occur at regular intervals, helping countries conduct an ongoing assessment of their governance. However, after 12 years of the APRM’s existence, no country has yet co…

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 …

Silencing the Guns, Owning the Future: Realising a Conflict-free Africa

"This report summarises the deliberations held during the high-level meeting, and its outcomes. Efforts are made to contextualise the discussions that occurred by providing information on overarching processes and developments that informed the gath…

Africa Mediators’ Retreat 2013

"This meeting report provides a summary of the discussions and highlights the issues which emerged during the retreat. The fourth Africa Mediators’ Retreat, which brings together experienced peacemaking actors to discuss conflict-related issues rele…

Illicit Financial Flows: Towards a more integrated approach for curbing Illicit Flows from Zimbabwe

"This study is an attempt to estimate the levels of Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) from Zimbabwe’s Mining, Fisheries, Timber and Wildlife sectors, over the period 2009 to 2013. It seeks to assess the possible drivers of IFFs and the existing legal a…

What has Tax Got to Do with Development Mozambique A Critical Look at Mozambique's Tax System

"The report takes a closer look at the relationship between taxation and development in Mozambique by examining the various complexities surrounding taxation as a development finance mechanism in Mozambique including the current tax framework, the a…

Social Protection in Africa: A Review of Social Protection Issues in Research: Policy and Programming Trends and Key Governance Issues in Social Protection

"The last decade has seen social protection gaining centrality in the development agenda of many African countries. Several factors explain this heightened interest. Firstly, despite evidence of considerable economic growth across the continent, po…

Delivering on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Africa

"The purpose of the global monitoring framework is to support international accountability for making progress in the implementation of commitments and actions agreed in Busan. The real work of implementing the Global Partnership for Effective Devel…

The Scope, Role and Impact of Publicly Supported Private Finance on Development and Poverty Reduction in Africa: The Case of Rwanda and Zambia

"The research reviewed and analysed the scope, role and impact of Publicly Supported Private Finance (PSPF) provided by Development Financial Institutions (DFIs) and bilateral donors to the private sector and their contribution to development and po…

A Critical Assessment of Aid Management and Donor Harmonisation: The Case of Tanzania

"Tanzania is one of the most aid dependent countries in Africa, though historically, it has been associated with a high degree of independence and policy space in matters of foreign affairs. The main focus of the study is to collect information on a…

A Critical Assessment of Aid Management and Donor Harmonisation in Ghana: A Case Study

"This study is a critical assessment of the aid architecture in Ghana against the principles of performance set forth in the Paris Declaration. The study explores the fundamental policies that guide the process of aid management and the evaluation o…

A Critical Assessment of Aid Management and Donor Harmonisation in Liberia: A Case Study

"This study is a critical assessment of how Liberia is implementing the desired mechanisms for improved effectiveness of aid. It seeks to determine how funds and knowledge are transmitted to Liberia and how recipients and donors are interacting in s…

An Assessment of the Progress made in the Implementation of the Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action on Aid Effectiveness: A Focus on Mutual Accountability and Democratic Ownership Principles: The Case of Nigeria

"Foreign Aid represents one of the funds accessible to National and Sub-National governments in Nigeria for the execution of development projects and programmes. As part of the deliberate will to ensure the good management, ownership and accountabil…

An Assessment of the Progress made in the Implementation of the Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action on Aid Effectiveness: A Focus on Mutual Accountability and Democratic Ownership Principles: The Case of Uganda

"Sustainable development and poverty reduction remain a challenge for many countries. Development Aid among other things, remains a key tool in reducing poverty and promoting sustainable development. The G8 summit in Gleneagles committed themselves …

Governance, Accountability and Effective Basic Service Delivery in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s Post-War development is normatively and politically hinged on a signpost of good governance. Almost all the governance related strategies and public policy documents articulate the consequences of bad governance. Most of these policie…

South Africa and FOCAC: Enabling a Partnership for Global Economic Governance Beyond the BRICS?

"In December 2015, South Africa will host the first Heads of State Summit of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Africa. Given the high level status accorded to the 6th FOCAC meeting, the forum promises to further enhance relations bet…

Measuring Sustainable Development for Post 2015 in Senegal

This report reveals Senegal’s national-level priorities under the post-2015 agenda and includes an assessment of the adequacy of data available for measuring post-2015 progress. In consultation with national stakeholders, IPAR identified opportunit…

Building Freedom? Securing Constitutionalism and Civil Liberties in Africa: An Analysis of Evidence from the APRM

"Africa’s turn to electoral democracy over the past three decades has rightly been hailed as a significant achievement, but it has not rid the continent of restrictive and authoritarian governance impulses. This report attempts to interrogate the c…

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