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Our Resource Guide on Governance issues concentrates on research relating to democratic governance, fragile states, institutional development, justice, good governance, public sector & service delivery and urban governance.

 

Are we heading towards more open government?
People in gap
M. Henley / Panos Pictures
Open government and open data are new areas of research, advocacy and activism that have entered the governance field alongside the more established areas of transparency and accountability. In this issue of the Institute of Development Studies’ Bulletin – an open access publication – articles review recent research which explore contributions to more open, transparent, accountable and responsive governance.

Latest Documents

The state of governance in Africa: what indices tell us
Y. Turianskyi / South African Institute of International Affairs 2016
Governance is notoriously difficult to measure – yet numerous global indices attempt to do so. This paper tracks the governance progress of 52 African countries through various indices. A total of 17 of these states have undergon...
The African Union: regional and global challenges
Centre for Conflict Resolution, University of Cape Town (UCT) 2016
The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, hosted a three-day policy research seminar in Cape Town, from 27 to 29 April 2016, on the theme “The African Union: Regional and Global Challenges”. The meet...
Networks of organized violence: conference documentation
E. Isikozlu; S. Heinke / Bonn International Center for Conversion 2016
Networks are part of the current landscape of peace and security—they have likely always been, but they are perhaps more so today. Rather than consider them as a challenge only, they could also be seen as having...
Integrated Urban Development Framework and Implementation Plan
Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs, Government of South Africa 2016
In 2009, the number of people living in urban areas surpassed the number living in rural areas, announcing the 21st century as the urban century. The world’s attention is on the pivotal role of cities and identifying  altern...
Ageing in the Caribbean and the human rights of older persons: Twin imperatives for action
F. Jones / United Nations [UN] Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean 2016
Over the next twenty years, the Caribbean will see a rapid and dramatic ageing of its population. Over this period, the number of older persons will double: the number of persons aged 60 and over will increase from 1.1 million...
The institutionalisation of mediation support within the ECOWAS Commission
African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes 2016
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission established the Mediation Facilitation Division (MFD) in June 2015 to backstop mediation efforts undertaken by its mediation organs, member states, non-state actors and...
Parliamentary oversight of UK development cooperation: the experience of DFID
Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa 2016
The Department for International Development, the UK government body responsible for foreign assistance and international development cooperation, has garnered global respect for its work in the developing world since its ince...
Rural banditry and conflicts in Northern Nigeria
Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme 2016
Ipastoralists and farmers in Nigeria have been on the rise. This social conflict has traditionally consisted of disputes over natural resources and is often presented as a conflict between settlers and nomadic people. However, what be...
South African scenarios 2024: politics, violence and growth in the rainbow nation
J. Cilliers; C. Aucoin / Institute for Security Studies 2016
South Africa may experience a political turning point in the aftermath of the December 2017 National Conference of the ruling African National Congress. Building on an associated publication, Economics, governance and instability in S...
Economics, governance and instability in South Africa
J. Cilliers; C. Aucoin / Institute for Security Studies 2016
FORTY YEARS AGO a combination of frustration against local government, the enforcement of Afrikaans  language policy, trade-union activism and the politicising impact of the black consciousness movement culminated in the ...
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