Why the state, not Nigeria, has failed 

An article published this May in the Foreign Affairs journal provoked heated debates about whether Nigeria is a failed...

The sparks that lit the flame for the recent violence in South Africa

In mid July 2021, widespread looting and violence swept through many parts of South Africa, concentrated mainly in the...

Making sense of South Africa’s week of anarchy

Confronting the confusing narratives to better understand South Africa’s quagmire South Africans find themselves...

Kenneth Kaunda – His choices, legacy and shadow

“History is not the soil in which happiness grows. The periods of happiness in it are the blank pages of history.” -...

Africa’s mass trauma 

Why Africans still vote for toxic post-liberation tyrants Since the end of colonialism, apartheid and white-minority...

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The Africa Governance Papers aim to solve the problem of young African academics often not having access to the world of peer-reviewed publishing.

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Governance Insights and Analytics (GIA)

The GIA team is the primary custodian of the Africa Digital Databank (ADD), a dynamic and integrated store of data relevant to governance. In addition to ensuring that the ADD functions optimally for our clients’ needs, we build research products such as Intelligence Reports for the private sector. For more bespoke research requirements, we offer advisory services. The team also provides data visualization support and analytics to the other research streams.

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The HSCC team explores the nexus between violent conflict, extremisms and climate change. Climate change is the single biggest challenge of our age, exacerbating and accelerating pre-existing challenges, of which pandemics like C-19 are only one. Africa bears the brunt of the impact burden, and our HSCC team is dedicated to building policy solutions that help African countries to secure greater human security in the midst of these challenges.

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Africa is blessed with substantial natural resource endowments. In the absence of strong governance institutions, these resources have, with a few important exceptions, been extracted in a way that generates rents for a small elite at the expense of citizen welfare. Our NRG team is dedicated to realizing the Africa Mining Vision and championing governance initiatives in the extractive industries that will turn the resource curse into a resource blessing.

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The GDI team performs the role of monitoring and evaluating governance performance across the continent. We track elections, providing expert analysis on their credibility and whether they are free and fair. We hold governments to account through calling for transparency and sensible resource allocation for the benefit of citizens. Simultaneously, we equip civil society with high-quality content with which to exercise their voice and constrain elite abuse of power.

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