From Non-interference to Good Governance: Shifting Perspectives on Development Africa

"The paper has provided an overview of the meaning of governance and its relationship to development, including how this is expressed in development strategy using the good governance agenda. In the case of Africa there is a shift from ‘non-interference’ towards proactive strategies, such as the APRM, which feeds on a healthy civil society to participate in governance. Such strategies are at least indicative, if nothing else, of recognition by African leaders that the age of non-interference has come to an end and that they must make efforts to change how governance works in order to achieve sustainable development. It is especially important that they recognise that there is a role for civil society and public participation in national and regional governance agenda."