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The New Frontier of Governance in Africa


Kafui Tsekpo

African Leadership Centre, Nairobi, KE; Kings’ College, London, GB
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Appreciations for valuable comments go to Eric Tei-Kumadoe, Samuel Amoako, Albert Mbiatem, Frederick Omondi-Ochieng, the reviewers and the editor of The Public Sphere. A version of this article was first presented at a graduate seminar at the Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Copperbelt University - Zambia, where he is currently a Visiting Fellow. The author is responsible for any fallacies or inaccuracies in the paper.

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This article examines Africa's good governance agenda since the early 1990s, tracing the emergence of the ideas of democracy and self-governance in the region. As a point of departure, the paper argues that self-governance as practised in Africa today is disconnected from the everyday challenges of the masses. The paper uses a social perspective approach to provide insight about self-governance in Africa. Centrally, it argues that in light of social, economic and political issues, the purpose of governance should be reframed in terms of service delivery. To achieve this, actors within the governance process, both in and outside government, must see their function primarily as rendering services to the citizens with whom they have a social pact. The paper acknowledges globalisation as the most important challenge that governments will have to grapple with in delivering much-needed development on the continent. Nevertheless, leadership in all spheres of society remains critical for improving self-governance for development.

How to Cite: Tsekpo, K., 2015. The New Frontier of Governance in Africa. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 3(1), pp.71–83.
Published on 01 Jan 2015.
Peer Reviewed


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