The Department of Political Affairs (DPA) will be hosting a series of dialogues on Shared Values in the coming months.
Democracy and Anti-Corruption Policies in Africa
“Democracy is never a finished task; it is always a work-in-progress that can progress, stagnate or regress depending on the actions and omissions of the governed and the government…” Gyimah-Boadi (2005)
This article examines anti-corruption policies in Africa in general, and narrows the discussion to two countries within the same region having similar democratic policies, but different results. It argues that African countries have never lacked commendable ideas on how to deepen democracy, promote transparent governance, and sustainable development; but the challenge has always been the political commitment to transform the excellent good governance ideas and policies into practicable and sustainable development projects. It concludes that the solution to poor governance and ineffective anti-corruption policies in Africa is a collective will of both the political leadership and the citizens.
By John G. Ikubaje
John G. Ikubaje is a governance and development expert at the African Union Commission. He holds degrees from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Formerly Ikubaje has worked as the pioneer senior governance officer for the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption, and as governance and public administration officer in the AU’s Department of Political Affairs. He has published in several international journals and is well quoted on issues of governance and development beyond the African continent.
The opinions expressed in this paper are by no means associated with the African Union but are strictly those of the author.
Do all African communities share the same values? How do you think the differ?