Research Clusters/Thematic Areas
Since its establishment in the 1980s, OSSREA has been promoting its intellectual agenda through conducting research in various areas of social sciences. As part of its five year strategic plan – 2011 – 2015, OSSREA has now developed research themes that are grouped under five research clusters and focus on theoretical, methodological and policy alternatives. The themes are based on the vision of OSSREA and will be pursued within the framework of OSSREA’s main objectives: generating and disseminating of knowledge in social sciences; as well as promoting dialogue and interaction between social scientists and policy makers in Eastern and Southern Africa with a view of enhancing the impact of social science research on policy making and development planning.
The Role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations in Sub-Saharan Africa
This researcgh project is under the Political Governance and Conflict Management cluster and aims to facilitate critical inquiry into the role of CSOs in conflict prevention and escalation and their role in post-conflict reconstructions so as to derive comprehensive knowledge on the subject which can inform interventions toward invigorating the positive roles of the CSOs in sub-Saharan African countries.
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State Fragility in Eastern and Southern Africa: Drivers, Nature, Extent and Capacity Building Efforts
This research project is under thePolitical Governance and Conflict Management cluster and was intended to allow African researchers and experts in the field of social sciences to conduct in-depth country case studies and analyse the root causes of state fragility, its nature and extent and assess the effectiveness of capacity building programs aimed at transforming fragile states into a well-functioning states. Accordingly, OSSREA invited abstracts from researchers/experts/academics as well as practitioners who are interested to write scientific articles that deal with state fragility of a specific country.
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Three Decades of Public Sector Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa
This research project is under the cluster Political Governance and Conflict Management and was intended to make comparative analytical studies on the thirty years of experience of public sector reforms in sub-Saharan Africa and offer relevant information on best practices, challenges and strategies for improving public sector management performance. The 13 chapters included in the book journey across 30 years and through nine countries, namely; Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. They explore public sector reforms ranging from telecommunications and public transport, to higher education, agriculture, city management and health services. They take readers through issues of decentralisation, restructuring, outsourcing, corruption, electoral processes and security. The chapters also examine various managerial techniques, including project-based budgeting, business process re-engineering, performance management, e-governance, new public management, contract management and private-public partnerships.
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