The 2012 school was held at the Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the support of the Institute of African Economic Studies (IAES, Addis Ababa). Thirty participants from different African countries were selected from universities, the not-for-profit-sector, government, trade unions and businesses. They met for a week between 26th and 31st March at the Hilton Hotel in Addis to discuss issues of governance, with various speakers coming from Africa and Europe.
Among the speakers – representative of different sectors – were Jok Madut Jok (Ministry of Culture and Heritage, South Sudan); Professor Christopher Cramer (SOAS, University of London); Dessalegn Rahmato (Forum for Social Studies, Addis Ababa) and Yao Graham (Third World Network – Africa). Themes included state-building, regional integration, natural resources and land tenure, taxation. Both the speakers and the participants challenged common understanding of ‘good governance’ as an idea and a practice, drawing from their own experiences as governance practitioners and experts.