The World Bank (2010) infers that countries which implement prudent macroeconomic policies, governance and social policies supported by effective and efficiently implemented institutional frameworks tend to experience higher economic growth, development and enjoy tolerable levels of democratic institutions and good governance. Guided by the scholarly domains of contemporary economic growth, governance and social justice theories, the contemplated research will examine aggregate figures of economic performance in Kenya, Ghana and Zambia. The traditional measures of economic growth and development such as GDP, GNI, HDI and MDGs will be utilized. Country Policy & Institutional Assessment (CPIA), Performance-Based Allocation (PBA) and Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) are other generally accepted measures that will be utilized to assess quality and efficacy of governance, social policies and institutional performance. By comparing the aggregate and country level indicators of economic growth and development with the quality and efficacy of institutional policies, the contemplated research will attempt to provide data based indication about the relationship between economic growth, governance and social justice and link the findings to actual development outcomes in Kenya, Ghana and Zambia. The contemplated research will use common research methodology based on a standard set of questions that will permit systematic comparison across countries and over time. The aim is to identify the major institutional policies that have promoted efficient utilization of scarce resources and achieved development and growth, as well as the frameworks of governing institutions that improved quality of public administration, service delivery and were associated with transparency and accountability. The evidence based findings will recommend the most appropriate economic growth and development approach, relevant policies and institutional framework that can be applied for accelerated poverty reduction, sustainable growth and effective utilization of development resources for Kenya and similar post-independence developing countries.
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Mr. Samuel Mwaura is a Doctor of Economics Candidate. He holds a Master in Development Studies from the University of the Free State and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nairobi. He is an expert on providing consulting support & improvement for the institutional capacity building of NAO office, Line Ministries & implementing agencies to enhance the delivery of the Government’s Development Strategy.