GovInn Working Paper 02/2019: Innovating governance – integrating judicial systems in hybrid political orders: A case study of justice practices in the Namibian Erongo Region

The second GovInn Working Paper of 2019, by Erika Dahlmanns and Cori Wielenga, looks at integrating judicial systems in hybrid political orders, with as case study the Namibian Erongo Region. This paper is interested in dynamics arising from the attempt of the Namibian government to integrate the formerly “informal”, tradition-based community courts into the state’s justice system to understand how hybrid political orders and their integration stipulate or obstruct governance innovation and what this might suggest in terms of responding to governance challenges in the field of justice and conflict resolution typical to states in Africa.

Central to the functioning of the African state is the reality of parallel and hybrid political orders which are manifest in the so called “informal”, including economic, trade and governance systems which operate alongside the state. These generate governance challenges that African governments and local actors have dealt with in innovative ways, including in the field of justice, which is the particular interest of this paper.

In this paper, we are interested in dynamics arising from the attempt of the Namibian government to integrate the formerly “informal”, tradition-based community courts into the state’s justice system to understand how hybrid political orders and their integration stipulate or obstruct governance innovation and what this might suggest in terms of responding to governance challenges in the field of justice and conflict resolution typical to states in Africa.

 

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GovInn Working Paper 01/2019: The futures of rural migration in sub-Saharan Africa: A literature review and exploratory essay

GovInn researcher Dr Robin Bourgeois has contributed the first working paper of 2019 to the GovInn Working Papers series, titled “The futures of rural migration in sub-Saharan Africa: A literature review and exploratory essay”.

In a context where 200 million more people are expected to live in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) alone by 2050, the question of the futures of SSA rural migration is of crucial importance in a region which so far as remained essentially rural, in spite of a growing urbanization process. The first aim of this paper is to undertake a comprehensive review of the literature on the futures of rural migration in SSA. Drawing from 37 studies it provides a picture of anticipated drivers and migration patterns. It shows also that to our knowledge, rural migration in SSA is still largely an underexplored field of research. The second aim of this paper is therefore to provide some more insights about this question developing an essay drawing from general knowledge about population flows and specific scenario work connecting alternative global world orders and plausible scenarios of rural transformation into three alternative narratives about rural migration in SSA. This anticipatory work, with no predictive intention, provides some elements of thought regarding future migration patterns and briefly discuss governance-related implications.

 

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The DOI for this paper is https://doi.org/10.18167/agritrop/00453.