What is the focus of this GGA Programme?
Articles from this programme
Why effective governance is important beyond the 2021 municipal elections As South Africa prepares for the upcoming Local Government Elections on the 27th of October 2021, the contested nature of...
Stuck in a rut “If we can just get to the next scheduled elections in 2022, that will be an achievement.” - Lesotho political commentator After barely a year in office, Prime Minister (PM) Moeketsi...
It has been two weeks since the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Extraordinary Double Troika Summit was held in Maputo, Mozambique, on 8 April 2021.
Reviewing the foundation for a meeting of minds A recent op-ed by Dr Ibbo Mandaza, director of the SAPES Trust, called for a paradigm shift to achieve reform in Zimbabwe, a country clearly in deep...
Crisis meeting on the insurgency in Cabo Delgado The Southern African Development Community (SADC) held an Extraordinary Double Troika Summit, in Maputo, Mozambique, on 8 April 2021 on measures to...
On 5 March 2021, South Africa reached an important milestone: 100 000 vaccinations were administered to healthcare workers. Exactly a year to the day after South Africa recorded its first case of the coronavirus, it is a bittersweet triumph, but in these uncertain times, a triumph nonetheless.
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Governance Delivery and Impact
Our GDI team performs the primary research role of monitoring and evaluating governance performance across the continent. We view governance through the simple lens of who gets what, when and how. In other words, governance is about the allocation of public resources. Good governance is the effective, efficient, broad-based distribution of those resources in a manner that grows economies to the benefit of all citizens.
To achieve good governance, it is our firmly held belief – informed by the evidence – that the basic building blocks must be in place:
- Governance must be transparent and accountable to citizens
- Rule of law must be adhered to
- Corruption must be rooted out in all spheres (in the private and public sectors)
- Media freedom must be upheld, respected, and reinforced at every opportunity
We therefore produce research that assesses whether these institutional building blocks are in place or at least being built. Where these are lacking, we produce policy briefings that inform government policymaking to strengthen key institutions to achieve the above four objectives. We similarly produce intelligence reports – driven by the ADD and procured by the GIA team – that indicate to the private sector how firms can become development partners to the end of achieving good governance.
The GDI team also evaluates service delivery quality. Effective delivery is ultimately a function of basic institutional building blocks being in place. Nonetheless, we focus on how well governments are doing in terms of providing access to electricity, water, sanitation and health for citizens. We similarly focus on education, evaluating what types of intervention are successful and which are not. Decent healthcare and education remain pivotal to development.