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African Governance Report I - 2005

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The African Governance Report is the result of extensive research covering governance practices in 27 African countries. The findings were subjected to a rigorous process of reviews that involved both national and international experts working on governance, political and economic issues. The report is the first Africa-driven study of its kind, which aimed at gauging more empirically citizens’ perceptions of the state of governance in their countries, while identifying major capacity deficits in governance practices and institutions and recommending best practices and solutions to address them.

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Institutional effectiveness and accountability of the executive

The executive occupies a strategic position in the governance study because it constitutes the fulcrum of the policy process in terms of formulation and implementation. In addition, it is at the centre of the disbursement of economic resources appropriated by the legislative arm of government. As such, the executive is at the nerve centre of service delivery to the people and the major agency through which the tangible dividends of democracy are actualised. But the performance of the executive with regard to the provision of public services depends largely on its institutional capacity, effectiveness and acculturation to the values of public accountability. When this arm of the state is weak, with little institutional capacity and accountability, the government tends to perform poorly, especially in providing basic public goods.

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