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Analysing and sharing best practice in developing institutions as a means to creating robust and democratic states – covering legal and judicial reform; parliamentary development and the media.

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The governance of basic education in the Eastern Cape
Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre 2017
The Eastern Cape province experienced extensive governmental re-organisation following South Africa’s 1994 democratic transition. This entailed significant structural consolidation in the provincial government, and the in...
Competitive clientelism and the politics of core public sector reform in Ghana
D. Appiah; A.-G. Abdulai / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre 2017
lthough Ghana has implemented several donor -sponsored public sector reforms (PSRs) in an attempt to improve core areas of state functionality, the impact of such reforms remains generally disappointing. In this paper, we show that th...
The Bangladesh paradox: why has politics performed so well for development in Bangladesh?
Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre 2017
Bangladesh is widely seen as a ‘paradox’ in terms of governance and development because of the apparent imperfections of its political institutions and its leading players. It scores low/very low on many indicators o...
Do electoral handouts affect voting behavior?
J. Guardado; L. Wantchekon / Afrobarometer 2017
The literature on vote-buying often assumes a complete transaction of cash for votes. While there is ample evidence that candidates target certain voters with cash handouts, it is unclear whether these actually result in highe...
Lessons from Rwanda: female political representation and women’s rights
Y. Turianskyi; M. Chisiza / South African Institute of International Affairs 2017
Gender equality is a basic human right that entails equal opportunities for men and women in all facets of life: socially, economically, developmentally and politically. According to the Beijing Platform for Action, without th...
Public trust in elections: the role of media freedom and election management autonomy
N. Kerr; A. Lührmann / Afrobarometer 2017
As multiparty elections have become a global norm, scholars and policy experts regard public trust in elections as vital for regime legitimacy. However, very few cross-national studies have examined the consequences of elector...
Capacity building for decision makers to use evidence in policy making in Sudan
International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications 2016
Sudanese public policy is often seen as typically based on party ideology and the changing interests or socio-cultural beliefs of the National Congress party, which is a leading political party in the country. This is particul...
Building capacity for the use of research evidence in Ghana’s Ministry of Employment
International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications 2017
The importance of evidence in public policy making is widely recognised in Ghana at top levels of government. The overarching national development strategy, the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Strategy (GSGDA II), sees evi...
Increasing evidence use among Ethiopia’s health planners and policymakers
M. Sudhakar; M. Woldie / International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications 2016
Between 2015 and 2016, Jimma University developed and ran a training and mentoring programme with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health to improve the Ministry’s capacity for using evidence in policy making. This case study di...
Can the APRM be an effective tool to monitor Agenda 2063 and the SDGs?
T. Corrigan; S. Gruzd / South African Institute of International Affairs 2017
Monitoring and evaluation has emerged as a central concern in development thinking. Both the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the AU’s Agenda 2063 represent responses to Africa’s developmental defic...
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