The third in our series, and the second this year, examining aspects of “Afro-Democracy”, we want to use this edition of the show to unpack the conversation on governance within the context of what seems to be democracy with a peculiar type of African-ness, which manifests itself in variations of a hybrid of ballot-box democracy and extended term limits.
Although it is a given that governance should be central to democracy, Africa’s different forms of popular representation all over the continent already suggest there should be an increased conversation on governance itself as well.
One definition of governance is “the processes of interaction and decision-making among…actors involved in a collective problem that lead to the creation, reinforcement, or reproduction of social norms and institutions”. If Presidents and Heads of State are the actors in this definition, then the story is not over as the “collective problem” still needs to be resolved.
If democracy alone is unable to resolve this problem that the “actors” (elected Heads of State) are involved in, surely we must further-unpack what governance means for Africa?
To help Emmanuel.K.Bensah demystify governance on the Show will be Marc Amaliya, who has spent much of his time examining governance and effective policy-making.
· Is there a type of democracy peculiar and specific to Africa?
· How central is governance in the security discussion?
· Has terrorism overshadowed our attempts at deepening democracy?
Guest in the studio:
Ø Marc Amaliya, Director of Research & Programmes, Mutatio Institute; Researcher in African Peace & Security