Effective states and institutions are crucial for peaceful and productive societies. This is why, the Governance and Democracy Division of the Nkafu Policy Institute strives to promote the fundamental principles of democracy and governance, including free and fair elections, independent media, accountable and transparent governments, the rule of law, and respect of human rights. We believe that democracy cannot thrive where a governance system is poor, human rights are not respected, citizen participation is non-existent and civil society and the judiciary are weak. Therefore, our policy prescriptions are directed to create the foundation for a free economy that stimulates domestic and foreign investment.

Our vision is in line with the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 and the African Union’s Agenda 2063, which are geared towards building an Africa where good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law are on the agenda. This is the dream of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, led by its own citizens, and a dynamic force on the world stage.

The activities of the Governance and Democracy Division range from publishing policy briefs, opinion pieces, specialized newsletters, podcasts, and reports on the state of governance and democracy in Africa, to organizing high-level panel discussions on relevant issues threatening governance and democracy in Africa. The Division’s work is published on the Nkafu Policy Institute’s online website (www.nkafu.org) and on the online On Policy Magazine (www.onpolicy.org).

The Governance and Democracy Division is staffed with policy analysts, research assistants, research associates and fellows with proven professional experience and expertise in conducting research projects on governance and democracy in Africa and beyond.

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