Effectiveness of African regional professional associations

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Research reports & papers
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Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC)
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A GSDRC Helpdesk Report which answers the following questions: Provide examples of African regional professional associations considered effective. What explains their success and what role does leadership play?

This report provides examples of professional and academic associations that work across three or more African countries, and that have some evidence of success. Types of impact are varied, but are usually identified as strong membership, attendance at national or international meetings, awareness of the organisation in the wider sphere, dissemination and uptake of publications, and connection or influence on policy and policymakers. The report particularly tries to draw out any impacts on governance in the wider public sphere, but most of the indicators of success focus on inputs or outputs rather than outcomes, and do not identify broader social or policy change.