The Governance Working Group of the Justice, Peace and Development Commission (JPDC) of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) met in Accra from 15 to 18 May 2019 to discuss among other things the terms of reference for a research activity aimed at addressing current topical governance issues confronting Africa.
The meeting became necessary because even though many African countries are embracing democracy with multi-party elections, SECAM has observed that quite a number of African countries have not significantly reaped the dividends of democracy that translates into improved living standards of the populace.
SECAM has also noted that endemic corruption, lack of accountability and transparency in political and other public institutions were some of the reasons why African countries are unable to reap the dividends of democracy and development.
The outcome of the meeting was thus to ensure that the root causes of Africa’s bad governance and development issues can be flagged based on scientific research for the information and necessary action of the African Bishops and other stakeholders.
The research will also cover areas of security in Africa, arms trade, military spending and conflicts in Africa; in line with AU’s efforts to silence the guns in Africa by 2020.