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DFID research: Governance for development in Africa: building on what works

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Governance for development in Africa: building on what works.

Millions of dollars have been spent on programmes to make private enterprise work in Africa as it does in the US, elections work as in Sweden, audit authorities as in Germany and civil society campaigns as in the Netherlands - with results that have been mixed at best.

In the Africa Power and Politics Programme’s first policy brief, Governance for development in Africa: building on what works, director David Booth argues that currently, ‘good governance’ and most associated donor programmes are ideological, not evidence-based, and that it is ‘the aid business that has to change to meet the needs of development, not the other way round.’

The APPP Policy Brief 1, April 2011, is free to download here.