ECDPM wants to contribute to a context-specific and politically informed understanding of the drivers of governance and accountability. Our vision is a more accountable governance and a more engaged citizenry across Europe and Africa.
We are seeing the most profound transformation of international cooperation and global governance since the end of the Cold War. Worldwide, we are witnessing a democratic recession, authoritarian resurgence, growing threats to basic freedoms and shrinking space for civic action. These trends are visible both in Africa and in Europe, reflected in a backslide on human rights and erosion of the rule of law.
Our research on governance includes work on effective state and institutional capacities for responsive multi-level governance. We also examine social mobilisation and civic action, domestic accountability and democratic governance, and women’s political power.