Good Governance and Effective Public Administration in Africa
AbstractThis paper is an attempt to respond to the question of whether Africa will be able to meet the NEPAD 2050 vision successfully. In addressing this question, a descriptive approach with a broad focus on the AU and NEPAD is undertaken. The case of South Africa is briefly considered to augment this discussion on the applicability of country-specific AU and NEPAD principles of democracy and good governance. While it is found that the AU and NEPAD initiatives have brought about initial achievements since their inception, a great deal of strengthening of these institutions is required. This discussion has also highlighted the fact that the upholding of AU and NEPAD norms and standards (through the Africa Peer Review Mechanism [APRM]) is declining in the continent, including in South Africa. The article concludes that in the twenty-first century, Africa needs to consolidate the role of civil society in order to effect good governance principles.
Africa Insight Vol 43(1) – June 2013