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Analysis of Governance Standards

Using and Interpreting the APRM Standards

The official APRM documents cite nearly 3,000 pages of standards that have either been promulgated by the African Union or embraced by it. Understanding such a large volume of material can be a challenge for civil society. However the standards contain valuable descriptions of what governments are expected to do. To assist civil society in learning about the standards, this section includes a variety of scholarly papers and interpretations that can help users find the relevant portions of the standards and cite them in country review reports.

How Africans access – or ‘own’ – their landholdings is a matter of profound importance for the continent’s future. It touches on social welfare as well as prospects for economic development. This policy briefing provides an overview of the land question, drawing heavily on the Country Review Reports (CRRs) of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). It argues that weak property rights are a major problem for Africa, but cautions against an assumption that full titling is an immediate solution. Rather, drawing on existing informal rights regimes in Africa – and gradually building formalised systems on this basis – offers a more promising avenue for creating effective and durable systems of property rights aligned with the continent’s realities. (by Terence Corrigan)

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This guide assesses how participatory processes like the IMF backed PRSP process achieve what they intend to achieve with public participation.

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This article, first appearing in Foreign Affairs, offers valuable insights into the meaning of democracy and constitutional order  (by Fareed Zakaria)

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An analysis of the report with notes on its most important elements.

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This short document provides an overview of the 47 standards cited in the political and democratic governance section of the APRM questionnaire. (by SAIIA)

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The Revised Code on Fiscal Transparency is arguably the most important economic governance standard, offering key information on what good fiscal governance systems should include.

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This document provides a thoughtful declaration on the meaning of democracy, reflecting on points that are not precisely stated in AU standards (1997). (by Inter-Parliamentary Union)

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