1st Edition

Governance and Inclusive Growth in the Africa Great Lakes Region Progress, Problems, and Prospects

By Paul Mulindwa Copyright 2022
    194 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the development and governance nexus in Africa’s Great Lakes region.

    The Great Lakes region continues to experience many challenges, yet much of the literature continues to focus on political governance, leaving behind the socio-economic aspects of the everyday lives of people in the region. This book seeks to bridge this gap in information, considering the social, economic, and cultural dynamics of the population as they inter-play with political discourse as key factors of sustainable development. Drawing on empirical cases and examples from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda, the book analyses each of the major governance and development issues in Great Lakes region of Africa, including region building and integration, social protection, inter-state relations, democracy and participation, and sustainability.

    Written by an African scholar with over 20 years of experience of working with indigenous groups in over 34 African countries, this book will be an important read for students and scholars across the fields of international relations, political studies, sustainable development (social and economic), sociology, public policy and management and public administration.

    Introduction: Governance-development nexus

    1 Governance from below: The role of the state and non-state actors in promoting and creating an inclusive society for sustainable development in Uganda

    2 Governance versus development: Re-thinking the efficacy of the World Bank’s safeguards for protecting Batwa indigenous peoples in World Bank-funded projects in Uganda

    3 Understanding minority democracy theory in governance: A pathway for sustainable development to manage the marginalisation indigenous peoples

    4 Achieving the sustainable development goals: The challenge of social protection for indigenous ethnic minorities in Uganda

    5 The effective participation of vulnerable and marginalised communities in governance and development processes: Towards a framework

    6 Generating sustainable peace and leadership for development in South Sudan: The role of local peace committees

    7 Interstate border conflicts: Their effects on region-building and integration in the East African Community



    Paul Mulindwa is a Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg, and Global Advocacy and Campaigns Officer – Africa Lead, for CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizens Participation, Johannesburg, South Africa.