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Governance Trends in West Africa 2006: A Synthesis Report

A Synthesis Report

Adebayo Olukoshi

Publication Year: 2009

It is hoped that readers of this synthesis report will find it useful as a quick and easily digestible summary of some of the key developments in West Africa that had a direct bearing on governance in the sub-region during 2006.

Published by: African Books Collective

Front Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 4


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pp. 8-9

The production of this synthesis report on governance trends in West Africa during 2006 drew on the quarterly monitoring reports that were prepared by researchers based in different countries across the sub-region. The report is a direct product of a collaborative endeavour that was launched in the last quarter of 2005 between the Council...

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Governance in West Africa: Historical Background, Contemporary Context

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pp. 10-14

The history of the West African sub-region's engagement with issues of governance is a long one that can be traced far back in time to the earliest experiments with the constitution of political communities in the area. In the context of those experiments, which entailed nation- and state-building projects, historians have directly...

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Scope of the Report

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pp. 14

This synthesis report is derived from quarterly country monitoring briefs prepared by resident researchers on governance trends in their countries as they unfolded in 2006. A broad definition of West Africa was employed for the monitoring exercise and the countries covered include: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger...

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Recurring Themes in West African Governance in 2006

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pp. 15-30

In virtually every West African country, the question of the exercise by ruling parties of the advantages associated with their incumbency was a recurrent theme. Having control of the resources of the state in a context of widespread poverty and seeking to consolidate their hold on power, ruling parties from Burkina Faso, Ghana and Niger...

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Looking Ahead to 2007

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pp. 30-31

Overall, 2006 was a mixed year for the West African sub-region from the governance point of view. Progress was made in some domains and difficulties encountered in others. The experiences registered suggest that in the sub-region, as elsewhere, governance is a permanent work-in-progress. While some of the governance issues that arose in West Africa may have been tackled, others remain outstanding...

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Proposed Policy Dialogue Themes

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pp. 31

Obviously, there is no shortage of topics on which, potentially, policy dialogues for the enhancement of governance in contemporary West Africa could be organised. However, from the point of view of pertinence, and in the light of the broad calendar of political...

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E-ISBN-13: 9782869784024
Print-ISBN-13: 9782869782129

Page Count: 68
Publication Year: 2009