About Africa Power and Politics (APPP)
The Africa Power and Politics (APPP) research consortium ran from 2007-2013. It aimed to identify ways of ordering politics, and regulating power and authority, that might work better than those currently in place. APPP brought together research centres and think-tanks in France, Ghana, Niger, Uganda, the UK and the USA to work on four main issues:
- Moving from a ‘best practice' to a ‘best fit' approach to governance
- A realistic take on elections, citizen empowerment and public goods
- The leadership factor - and the politics of it
- Implications for aid effectiveness.
APPP worked across 17 African countries and seven research streams, each devoted to a particular field of governance for development in Africa:
- Developmental Patrimonialism? Business and Politics 1
- Cotton Sector Reform Business and Politics 2
- Local Justice Comparing state-sponsored dispute settlement institutions
- Local Leadership - Formal and informal governance in sub-Saharan Africa
- Parliamentarians Surveying Ghana's MPs
- State Bureaucracies Forest and water service officials - a comparative study
- Parental Preference and Religious Education Religion, social demand, and educational reform in the Sahel.
APPP was led by staff of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London: