Effective Governance in Challenging Environments

Voters waiting in line to vote in South Sudan. Photo: USAID
Insecurity related to socioeconomic marginalization remains a persistent challenge facing African countries as they attempt to bridge the gap between democratic aspirations and consolidation. One of the primary root causes of continued insecurity is poor governance. The AU has created numerous instruments and normative frameworks to help African countries achieve their goals—from the African Peer Review Mechanism to the African Governance Architecture. Political will and stronger partnerships between citizens, their governments, regional and international participants must be formed to promote effective governance from the ground up.

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Security Topics: Security and Development