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Rebooting African economies: The place of science and technology in society

Dr. Calestous Juma, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School

The slump in commodity prices and the associated economic uncertainties are forcing African countries to explore new development strategies that are more durable. One obvious shift is investing in human resources by building scientific and technological capacities.   This would be a dramatic departure from the conventional focus on the continent’s natural resources. The transition … Continue reading “Rebooting African economies: The place of science and technology in society”


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Managing records as the evidence base for development: access and integrity in the digital environment

Anne Thurston, Director, International Records Management Trust

  Every public sector policy maker, auditor, court official and criminal investigator knows the importance of being able to find, use and trust official records as evidence of policies, actions, transactions, expenditure, precedents and rights. And yet, little if any attention is being given to the challenges of managing the records produced in the digital … Continue reading “Managing records as the evidence base for development: access and integrity in the digital environment”


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The Open Government Partnership and socio-economic development: A perspective from African countries

Mukelani Dimba, Executive Director of the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC)

  One of the enduring challenges faced by the African continent in lifting millions out of poverty is this: how do you ensure that Africa’s natural endowments are used to benefit Africans directly? It is the conundrum of all time that a continent so richly endowed with natural resources remains the poorest in the world. … Continue reading “The Open Government Partnership and socio-economic development: A perspective from African countries”


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Deploying E-Government Technology in Africa

Dr. Stéphane Monney Mouandjo, Director General of the African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD)

  What we today call information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been with us even here in Africa since the advent of radios, telephones and telegrams (telex) in colonial times and much later television, computers and smart phones.   The incident of the modern information technology (IT) has, no doubt, completely transformed our general approach … Continue reading “Deploying E-Government Technology in Africa”


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Why should we worry about the capacity of public institutions in Africa and what can we do about it?

Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation

  Africa has undoubtedly registered significant achievements since the turn of the century. Notwithstanding this success story, the continent still faces daunting economic, social, political, security and environmental challenges. Research shows that many African countries have for a long time had difficulties in quickly resolving these challenges, owing partly to the weak public institutions of … Continue reading “Why should we worry about the capacity of public institutions in Africa and what can we do about it?”


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Raising Revenue in Africa: New solutions to old problems

Nic Cheeseman and Dominic Burbidge, University of Oxford

  Introduction: The problem of revenue generation in Africa Raising revenue to fund government salaries, infrastructure projects and public services is one of the core tasks of any state. However, in Africa a shallow and narrow tax base has undermined the prospects for revenue generation since independence. It has also led to the evolution of … Continue reading “Raising Revenue in Africa: New solutions to old problems”


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Democracy and Good Governance as Tools for Africa’s Development: The role of the African Peer Review Mechanism

Prof. Eddy Maloka, CEO, African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)

  At the turn of the millennium, Africa faced an array of challenges, not least the eradication of poverty and the urgent need to foster socio-economic development. The adoption of the Constitutive Act of the African Union in 2000, which established the African Union, underlined the determination of African leaders to overcome these challenges and … Continue reading “Democracy and Good Governance as Tools for Africa’s Development: The role of the African Peer Review Mechanism”


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Terrorism: How Prepared is Africa?

Uyo Salifu, Researcher, Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

  With the steady decline in conventional armed conflicts, terrorism is now believed to be the most serious threat to peace, stability, security and development in Africa. Since the 11 September 2001 attacks in America, terrorist activities have grown exponentially, not only in the number of attacks but also in the number of countries affected. … Continue reading “Terrorism: How Prepared is Africa?”


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