This volume gives a comprehnsive account of the role of good governance for African development. Major concepts and strategies to enhance good governance in Africa are presented, evaluated and analysed. A new strategy to strengthen governance systems in Africa is outlined. Various national case studies document the wide diversity of country experiences with regard to governance systems. At the level of local government and local development, various case studies show how decentralisation policies and local development strategies can benefit from improved local governance systems. The human rights situation in African countries in relation to social and economic performance is also reviewed, and the implications for development cooperation are discussed. Most important in this Yearbook is also the dimension of strengthening the systems of good governance with regard to resource use and environmental protection. Major initiatives by development institutions and research institutions, as well as important African declarations and statements on the role of good governance in Africa are documented.
"Good Governance and Economic Development" and "Empowerment and Economic Development" do not only present facts, trends and analyses, but also lay the foundation for a comprehensive strategy of government reform and empowerment in African countries. Therefore, the two books are of use for all those working for Africa's development at the country, the sectoral and the project level. Development pracititioners, government officials, business executives, and development researchers as well as media people will experience the two volumes as indispensable sources of references and inspiration.