Peacebuilding as governance: The case of the Pan-African Ministers Conference for Public and Civil Service

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THE AFRIAN CHALLENGE IS ESSENTIALLY A CHALLENGE OF development, and the African crisis is primarily a crisis of the state. Africans therefore have to respond simultaneously to a two-pronged problematic, brought about by decades of internal misrule and externally driven wars and exploitation: governance and development. As such, the state has to be set at the very center of African politics and development. African states have since the end of the Cold War and apartheid searched for their own post-Cold War, postapartheid interstate paradigm to address the consequences of decades of African bad governance and superpower rivalries and proxy battles at the continent's expense. Since 2002 with the formal establishment of the African Union (AU), the continent's most credible and legitimate interstate body, African states have pursued an "African Agenda" that spells out four areas of dynamic cooperation, or "calabashes": peace and security; stability, or governance; socioeconomic development; and International cooperation. Many continental and subcontinental actors and forums have emerged to embrace and champion this continental African Agenda. the Pan-African Ministers Conference for Public and Civil Service, established in 1994, is one such African interstate actor that has provided indigenous intellectual support and acted almost as a lobby group in support of a governance approach to peacebuilding and statebuilding.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa
PublisherSwallow Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780821444320
ISBN (Print)9780821420133
Publication statusPublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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