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.

Download APPP's final synthesis report.

APPP worked across 17 African countries and seven research streams, each devoted to a particular field of governance for development in Africa:

APPP was led by staff of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London:

The Africa Power and Politics Programme was a Research Programme Consortium funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Irish Aid for the benefit of developing countries.
The views expressed on this website and in APPP's publications are those of the authors and should not be attributed to DFID or Irish Aid or any of APPP's member organisations.