Africa's Governance Challenge: Why Clientelism Remains the Greatest Impediment

March 25, 2014 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity
Most African countries evolved through existing social and traditional institutions. In recent history, modern governance institutions in Africa have run parallel alongside these traditional institutions and informal structures with failed attempts for national unity and state integration. Clientelistic relationships have superseded any positive agenda for inclusive political arrangements or distribution of state benefits. This state of affairs has distorted the development agenda, slowed development, increased corruption, and affected overall success of forming national unity and statebuilding.  Africa Program Scholar Paul Mensah and Mike Jobbins from Search for Common Ground  will discuss why patron-client relations in African state-building and development continue to be the continent's greatest challenge. Africa Program Director Monde Muyangwa will moderate this event.
Snacks and Refreshments will be served.
For more insights from Paul Mensah, please visit our program blog, Africa Up Close!
Photo Credit: M*rten via Flickr.
5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Program Manager for the Africa Region, Search for Common Ground
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