What is the focus of this GGA Programme?
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In the run-up to South Africa’s Local Government Elections on 1 November 2021, it is apparent that municipalities are in a state of decline. Going forward, there is a need to prioritise efficient...
To those who scorn “clubs” such as the African Union, it may come as a surprise that Israel has long wanted to be friends with the AU. All states have strategic interests, some more so than others,...
While we wait for the official results to be verified and released, the following will provide a summary of events that took place on election day in Zambia. Introduction For the 2021 Zambian...
Since Zambia’s independence in 1964, the country has experienced several successful changes in leadership, and peaceful transfers of power.
A number of countries are offering military support to Mozambique to quell violent extremism in Cabo Delgado The Southern African Development Community (SADC) met virtually this week to examine...
The impact of municipal maladministration and corruption on SA's local government elections In a briefing to the parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Standing Committee on the...
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Governance Delivery and Impact
Our GDI team performs the primary research role of monitoring and evaluating governance performance across the continent. We view governance through the simple lens of who gets what, when and how. In other words, governance is about the allocation of public resources. Good governance is the effective, efficient, broad-based distribution of those resources in a manner that grows economies to the benefit of all citizens.
To achieve good governance, it is our firmly held belief – informed by the evidence – that the basic building blocks must be in place:
- Governance must be transparent and accountable to citizens
- Rule of law must be adhered to
- Corruption must be rooted out in all spheres (in the private and public sectors)
- Media freedom must be upheld, respected, and reinforced at every opportunity
We therefore produce research that assesses whether these institutional building blocks are in place or at least being built. Where these are lacking, we produce policy briefings that inform government policymaking to strengthen key institutions to achieve the above four objectives. We similarly produce intelligence reports – driven by the ADD and procured by the GIA team – that indicate to the private sector how firms can become development partners to the end of achieving good governance.
The GDI team also evaluates service delivery quality. Effective delivery is ultimately a function of basic institutional building blocks being in place. Nonetheless, we focus on how well governments are doing in terms of providing access to electricity, water, sanitation and health for citizens. We similarly focus on education, evaluating what types of intervention are successful and which are not. Decent healthcare and education remain pivotal to development.