Johannesburg, South Africa (SADC regional office)

Accra, Ghana (West African regional office)

Lagos, Nigeria

Harare, Zimbabwe

Programmes: Natural Resources

Programmes: Child Development and Youth Formation

Programmes: Local Governance and Grassroots Democracy

What is Good Governance Africa?

Good Governance Africa is a research and advocacy non-profit organisation with centres across Africa focused solely on improving governance across the continent.

GGA engages in applied research and stimulates critical debate. All our work is based on exploring and advancing the key governance principles of democracy, accountability and transparency, and combining these with upholding the rule of law and respecting human, civil and property rights.

Statement on Sustainability

Sustainability implies being ethical, which cuts across social, environmental/ecological and financial considerations. What we do is governance, how we are is ethical, which serves both as a point of departure and the end of the work that we do. Being ethical for GGA means authentic engagement, demonstrating self-confidence, responsibility, self- and other- consciousness; It means knowing our raison d’etre.

We need to understand the needs of others in broad terms, which necessitates empathy and an appreciation of context and complexity. Good governance is impossible without diverse perspectives and an inclusive approach. GGA will build on existing experience to ensure continuity, consistency and sustainability, without reinventing the wheel. Thinking differently means that we embrace common but differentiated responsibilities. We seek to match ends to available means. Such consciousness results in trade-offs and the need to prioritise.  

At GGA, we have identified cross-cutting core areas (natural resources, peace and security, democratic governance and political processes, improving the economic environment, and youth and marginalised/vulnerable groups). We recognise country and regional specificity in leveraging our group’s cooperation and synergies, and we seek to promote networking and branding. GGA is a critical coordinating hub that brings together grassroots CSOs, as well as high-level policy actors, serving as a bridge for a “whole-of-society” approach to improve governance in Africa. We strive to build trust through effective communication, knowledge generation and sharing, which we regard as key to our mandate of societal transformation.  

Centres and coverage

GGA Operational Centres:

Johannesburg, South Africa
(SADC regional office)
Accra, Ghana
(West African regional office)

Harare, Zimbabwe


Lagos, Nigeria

West Africa
(Francophone Centre)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
(AU/East Africa region)
(SADC/East Africa region)

Democratic Republic of Congo
(SADC/Francophone region)

(West Africa/Francophone region)


Good Governance Africa SADC seeks to build a bridge between government and the private sector in the African countries we work in, while striving to strengthen civil society and promote grassroots democracy.

GGA Nigeria

The primary objective of GGA-Nigeria is to contribute to good governance, through research, policy engagement and other such activities that help promote sustainable socio-economic development in Africa’s largest economy and most populous country.

GGA West Africa

The centre, independently, without any political manipulation carries out its mandate through academically based research and facts-based advocacy campaigns which improve governments’ performance within the sub-region by strengthening institutions and building consensus through capacity building, sensitization programmes and orientation of the citizenry on best governance practices.

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