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.



Political governance

Democratic politics and practises have taken a significant leap in Africa in the last two decades. Competitive multiparty democracy has been enthroned in many African countries. The political space has been gradually liberalised with political parties of various shades and colours. And civil society organisations have received a new lease on life, contributing to the development process and influencing policies in various aspects of public life. Ethnoregional diversities have also been given political expression and accommodation. Marginalised groups of women, youth, children and the disabled are progressively getting their views on the policy agenda. And electoral institutions are gaining more credibility and legitimacy with the move to relatively free and fair elections in many countries. The trend: a new social pact, with the institutions of the state and the processes of governance is gradually being reconstructed to promote democracy and good governance.


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