Good Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa (GGA)

Judging by what the Bertelsmann Transformation Index 2016 has to say on the regions of sub-Saharan Africa, the situation regarding governance issues is not good. As some headlines in the media would have it, there is ‘Less light than shade’. In some countries in the region the quality of democracy has declined. Restrictions have been placed on the freedom of opinion, the right to organise and the freedom of assembly, for instance, and civil society organisations have had their scope for action reduced. Particularly striking in the defective democracies is the erosion of stability, political participation and the rule of law. There is also little sign of improvement in the autocracies. The number of fragile states in Africa is rising once again. More and more often, religious conflicts are leading to displacement and migration.

This is creating challenges for German development cooperation organisations in the governance sector. The Sector Network for Good Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa is responding to these challenges by developing joint approaches to tackle them.

The Sector Network for Good Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa is a network for sharing knowledge and lessons learned between GIZ experts in our partner countries in sub-Saharan Africa and in Germany. Through joint learning and conceptual work, the sector network aims to ensure the effectiveness and quality of GIZ’s advisory and consultancy services, improve these and help further develop the approaches we take.