About APPP

Africa Power and Politics (APPP) brings 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.

More about the aims of APPP research


Who we are

Africa Power and Politics (APPP) is a five-year programme of research and policy engagement. We aim to identify ways of ordering politics and regulating power and authority that might work better than those now in place. We want to do that on the basis of a careful and critical look at what has worked well in Africa itself in the recent and not-so-recent past.

We work across 17 African countries and this website is available in both English and French .

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

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Man and boy at demonstration, Ethiopia - ©ODI, Antony Robbins