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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.

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Africa and external actors
Centre for Conflict Resolution, University of Cape Town (UCT) 2016
The Cape Town seminar in August 2016 brought together about 30 key scholars, policymakers, and civil society activists to assess bilateral and multilateral relations between Africa’s traditional and non-traditional actors...
Zambia’s constitutional Groundhog Day: why national debate about constitutional reform is not going away anytime soon
G. Masterson / South African Institute of International Affairs 2017
Since independence, Zambia has had five major constitutional amendments (an average of one every 10 years), a fact that has raised concerns about the country’s constitutional foundations. The constitution has been made a ...
Partnering with the New Development Bank: what improved services can it offer Middle-Income Countries?
C. Prinsloo / Global Economic Governance Africa 2016
Multilateral development banks increasingly struggle to respond effectively to the needs of middle-income countries, influencing not only their potential development impact but also their own financial stability. This challenge has be...
Illicit financial flows estimating trade mispricing and trade-based money laundering for five African countries
K. Nicolaou-Manias; Y. Wu / Global Economic Governance Africa 2016
Illicit financial flows (IFFs) are garnered through the proceeds of illicit trade, trade mispricing, transfer pricing and other forms of organised profit-motivated crime. This paper focuses on the commercial tax evasion component of i...
Improving infrastructure finance for Low-Income Countries: recommendations for the ADF
C. Markowitz / Global Economic Governance Africa 2016
Low-income countries (LICs) in sub-Saharan Africa face a substantial infrastructure-financing gap. multi-lateral development banks (MLDBs) have traditionally played an important role in mobilising finance for infrastructure in LIcs, b...
Côte d’Ivoire’s comeback: the revival of Ivorian regional diplomacy
O. Padonou / South African Institute of International Affairs 2016
Over the past few decades, Côte d’Ivoire has been a passive and often problematic actor within its region. This has been the case since the death of the first president of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Fé...
South Africa’s state-building role in the DRC: kicking the can down the road
South African Institute of International Affairs 2017
As the mooted presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is postponed to December 2018, South Africa’s most significant engagement in post-conflict reconstruction and development (PCRD) since i...
Climate Justice: The international momentum towards climate litigation
K. Boom; J.-A. Richards; S. Leonard / Heinrich Böll Foundation - European Union 2016
The Paris Agreement is ground breaking yet contradictory. In an era of fractured multilateralism it achieved above and beyond what was considered politically possible – yet it stopped far short of what is necessary to sto...
The role of human rights in climate change adaptation: evidence from civil society in Cambodia and Kenya
Danish Institute for International Studies 2014
Inconsistent climate change policies increase the vulnerability of marginalised populations and lead to resource conflicts. A human rights-based approach can help protect the adaptive capacities of climate vulnerable populations. ...
Decentralized climate change responses in Uganda: climate change adaptation lacks local government funding
Danish Institute for International Studies 2015
Local governments in Uganda are the most appropriate level for implementing national climate change adaptation and mitigation policies. They provide the best institutional interface between local people’s aspiration and i...
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