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RESEARCH PROJECTS

The Integrity Program considers research to be its primary role and obligation. In addition to undertaking its own original research, the Program seeks to partner in governance-related research projects with other universities and organizations. Though concerned broadly about all dimensions of governance, the Program is particularly interested in "governance in Africa", that is, in governance issues that reflect the specific circumstances of the African continent.The program has seven areas of primary research:

 

 

African Ideals and Institutions

African ideals and institutions such as government by consensus, reciprocity, community solidarity and respect for elders have long been recognized as strengths of African societies. The decline of these ideals and institutions is usually viewed as the inevitable consequence of colonial rule and modernization. Some argue that Western ideas and systems have weakened the conceptual framework of the African society, thereby undermining its very foundations. Research projects in this field will seek to understand those African ideals and their shaping of institutions that embodied and expressed them with a particular focus on government by consensus may produce results that are very relevant to true political legitimacy.

 

 

Citizenship

Research projects in this area will look at the manifold contexts within which civil society has existed and exists in Africa, particularly its relation to the state, ethnicity and kinship. Communal and moral dimensions proper to the African sense of community have the potential to reform the democratic deficit observed in modern African leadership. The scope of study will cover the impact of ideologies on the perceived purposes of civil society, as well as analyze the implications of new paradigms such as governance and participatory democracy. Of particular interest are indigenous African expressions of civil society responding to circumstances of political and social accountability that differ from those in the West.

 

Local Government

The institutions of local government in Africa are, by and large, a colonial creation inherited by African states at the time of independence. Given the importance of local governments as nodes and catalysts for economic growth, their governance is considered crucial for effective and equitable development. Research seeks to gather evidence about the ways in which such local authorities govern "in practice" with a view to understanding how best to improve that practice.

 

Sports Development

The project will analyze the enormous regional potential of sports development in terms of social integration and responsible citizenship. The project will include a comparative study of the existing policy of the Kenya government and that of other countries with the aim of providing possible solutions to governance deficiencies that undermine performance and growth.

 

Contact Details

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