Democracy strengthened by good governance PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 March 2009 21:47
The Unit for Corporate Governance in Africa recently introduced a range of research-based activities under the project banner of Strengthening Democracy through Governance.

The Unit believes that effective corporate governance is the key to building stable and healthy institutions in Africa. It is currently rolling out a two-year programme focusing on the important link between democracy and governance.

The project has three main phases. It will start with an initial planning and research phase, which will culminate in a research conference. This will be supported by selected sub-projects exploring specific themes and which are linked to issues and/or geographic areas. Finally there will be a major conference and final publication, comprising an assessment of the status quo and best practice guidelines.

The sub-projects include assisting in developing a governance framework for Ethiopia, developing a governance-rating matrix on behalf of the Public Investment Corporation and applying it to the top 40 listed companies in the country, and writing African case studies on governance.

Furthermore, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has asked the Unit to write research papers for the planned new Business and Democracy unit at the HSRC. A sub-project with the theme, UN Global Compact in Africa, will aim to develop a structured interview questionnaire and sample by interviewing key business, academic and political representatives in 10 African countries. The Unit will also appoint two full-time PhD students to perform research on corporate governance and democracy.

This will all culminate in a major conference with the theme, Strengthening Democracy through Governance, and an accompanying research publication.
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