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Title:A critical understanding of good governance and leadership concepts written in the context of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the challenges to contextual discourse on Africa's development paradigms
Authors:Maserumule, Mashupye HerbertISNI
Gutto, Shadrack B.O.ISNI
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies
Geographic term:Africa
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/18186870902840358
Abstract:Good governance is a value-laden concept that is characteristically nebulous; it can mean different things to different people, depending on the context in which it is used. The same applies to leadership. Concepts, as J.C. Pauw (1999) puts it, are 'tools of thinking' and contexts are 'the environments or frameworks in which they [concepts] operate'. To maintain their power, concepts must be used in their proper contexts. This necessitates an understanding of the art of contextual discourse. Good governance is used in NEPAD as a principle and emphasized as a sine qua non for sustainable development in Africa. On the other hand, NEPAD premises Africa's re-birth or Renaissance on good governance and leadership, with a vision and commitment to repositioning the continent in global power balances. In this article good governance and leadership are considered as concepts. NEPAD is a textual context within which the two key concepts are used and should, consequently, be engaged. The article attempts a critical review of African scholarship engagement with good governance and leadership within the NEPAD context to determine the extent to which contextual discourse is practised. It further grapples with the immediate historical background to scholarship on Africa's development between the 1960s and early 1990s. The exercise reveals that much of the accumulated body of African scholarship and scholarship on Africa's development reviewed does not sufficiently contextualize discourse on good governance and leadership within NEPAD and its key assessment and monitoring device, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), and offers an alternative framework. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]