African Governance Report III - 2013

Elections and the Management of Diversity

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This report is the most comprehensive report on governance in Africa, assesses and monitors the progress African countries are making on governance, identifies capacity gaps in governance institutions and proposes polices and strategic interventions aimed at promoting good governance on the continent. It focuses on political and economic governance, development of the private sector and corporate governance, checks and balances in political power, institutional effectiveness and accountability of the executive, human rights and the rule of law, corruption and institutional capacity building. The theme of this third edition of the report revolves around elections in Africa becoming a significant tool for political change and genuine democratization.

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The dominant theme of this report is how to organize elections in a credible, fair and transparent fashion amid an environment of wide diversity— whether in ethnicity, religion, region, class, gender or age. As democracy has deepened in Africa, elections have occupied a central place. Elections have become more regular but also more closely contested, making them tinder boxes that must be sensitively organized— and occasionally doused.

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