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 preparation of this report was a long and painstaking process of roughly three years. The long process arose from the complexity and comprehensiveness of the project, in which national research institutions were engaged that conducted field-based research and desk studies in 40 African countries. Given the sensitivity of elections and diversity management in many African countries, against the backdrop of varying levels of democratization and political tolerance, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the national research institutions had to negotiate the process carefully in some countries to undertake the country studies. Overall, most African governments and political authorities lent their support to the project, without any attempt to unduly influence or control it, for which we are immensely grateful.

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