CCAPS democratic governance research examines the effectiveness of foreign aid in promoting democracy and good governance in Africa. The success of these programs is potentially of great relevance in building African countries capacity to respond to future policy challenges such as climate change. CCAPS research aims to assess the effectiveness of democracy promotion in Africa as a way of building resilient societies and responsive government.

Paired case studies include Burundi and Rwanda, Benin and Guinea, Kenya and Tanzania, Ghana and Malawi, and Congo and Niger, allowing researchers to explore which democracy programs"under what conditions"are most effective in Africa. The studies will also consider how democracy programming must shift in response to varying degrees of conflict, ethnic division, and human development.