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Put ethics at the heart of governance

Values and principles on which the means of regulating society are founded should be hammered out on the basis of shared references that populations know and accept.

Yet in reality there is a total void separating the processes of governance—in the administrative sense of the term—and the debate on values and principles.

At its core, the governance crisis in Africa is a crisis in values, particularly ethical values, whose remobilisation is a sine qua non condition for proper public action and appeased societies built on strong consensuses of how the public sphere should be managed.