GGA Eastern Africa

Focusing on the region and the African Union

Who we are

Good Governance Africa-Eastern Africa is located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the headquarters of the African Union and Economic Commission for Africa are also situated. This GGA regional office is dedicated to working in Eastern Africa and liaising with the African Union.

Our vision

Good Governance Africa-Eastern Africa strives to improve the lives of all citizens by promoting enhanced governance on the African continent, with a particular emphasis on eastern Africa.

Our mission

GGA-EA’s mission is to promote fact-based knowledge and good practice through topical research, critical conversations and advocacy.

Our values

Our values include integrity, accountability, transparency, tenacity and moral courage.


GGA-EA has the following key objectives:

  • Improving governance in its areas of operation;
  • Advancing the key governance principles of democracy, accountability and transparency; and
  • Upholding the rule of law and respecting human, civil and political rights.

Where we work:

GGA-EA works in 10 countries located in the Horn and East Africa. These are Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. Of them, seven (Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) are members of the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD).

GGA-EA works in close collaboration with national, regional continental and international development organisations, including the African Union (AU), Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and the East African Community (EAC).


GGA-EA is a registered civil society organisation under Ethiopia Civil Society Proclamation No. 1113/2019. It is governed by a board and its current board chairperson is Professor Bahru Zewde. The day-to-day activity of the centre is led by Dr Zerihun Mohammed, the Executive Director of GGA-EA.


Good Governance Africa works in the following thematic areas:

  1. Natural Resource Management (NRM):- the livelihoods of the majority of people in the eastern Africa region are based on the use and access to natural resources such as arable land, pasture, water, forest and forest products. Natural resource management is one of GGA-EA’s thematic areas. Under NRM, the regional office puts particular emphasis on land and land tenure, small-scale peasant agriculture and large-scale agricultural investment, pastoralism and trans-boundary relations and the rising industry.
  2. Grassroots Governance: Since bringing about good governance in Africa is central to GGA’s vision, improving grassroots governance is one of the regional centre’s main thematic programmes. The centre gives due attention to local-level governance, where it directly affects the day-to-day lives of citizens.
  3. Ethics and society: Lack of ethics, accountability and the perception of increasing moral ‘decadence’ are often cited as some of the major factors contributing to bad governance and social injustice in Africa. We believe that socially accepted ethical values serve as a fabric to keep societies together and set moral standards that govern the behaviour of citizens. Nurturing these values for common good, justice and development is the primary goal of this thematic area.
  4. Youth development and Migration: In Africa the youth constitutes about 20% of the continent’s fast-growing population. Despite their numbers, however, the youth is disproportionately exposed to various social, political, economic and political challenges, including unemployment/underemployment, social marginalisation, political exclusion, and drug abuse. Migration (both documented and undocumented) is often considered a solution to the various challenges youth face. The GGA-EA countries have become a major source of migrants to different parts of the world, including Europe, North America and the Middle East. Thus, the programme will deal with youth=related challenges, with a particular emphasis on youth migration.
  5. V. Peace and Security: Ensuring national and regional peace and security in the Eastern Africa is of paramount importance to cultivate stable political institutions and systems, ensure the rule of law and bring about all-round socio-economic development in the countries. This thematic program focuses on identifying the major threats of peace and security, causes and consequences of conflicts and conflict resolution mechanisms.

Our activities

GGA-EA implements its thematic programmes through the following activities:

  1. Research: a gap in knowledge and information is one of the major challenges to forming the appropriate development policies and good governance at different levels. Towards generating “scientific” knowledge that contributes to the betterment of African governance systems, research will be one major activity of the regional centre.
  2. Informed Public engagement: creates a space and forums to deliberate on national and regional agendas, which contribute to the ultimate improvement of the governance system of member countries. Various forums, seminars, conferences, and electronic debate blogs are organised and deliberated among different stakeholders
  3. Knowledge management and dissemination: knowledge and information obtained from research, public engagements/dialogues and other events are organised and disseminated using appropriate channels, including publications, print and electronic media.
  4. Capacity building: the provision of capacity building services to local government offices, civil society organisations, community-based organisations and other relevant entities.
  5. Advocacy and Lobbying: using scientific knowledge and field evidence, in collaboration with other actors, the office conducts advocacy activities on important issues (mainly policies, strategies and legislations) that contribute to alleviating the socio-economic and political problems of the people of the region. Advocacy and lobbying topics will be systematically selected after intensive research, dialogue and public deliberation among all concerned stakeholders.

Events and publications 


Below is a video interview on the effect of COVID-19 in Ethiopia featuring an interview with GGA Eastern Africa chair, Professor Behru Zewde.