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Analyses of the APRM

This section includes reviews and analyses of the APRM from academics, research bodies and conferences dedicated to the subject.

This is a discussion of APRM by several presenters at Strengthening Democracy Through Nepad - The Role of African Civil Society conference.

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National Governing Councils (NGCs are the lynchpin of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). Situated between the state’s political leadership and the technical institutions carrying out the research, NGCs are crucial to the development of a meaningful Country Self-Assessment Report and viable National Programmes of Action(NPoAs). They provide oversight for all subsequent stages of the APRM. To achieve maximum impact, NGCs need to be free of political interference, have clear and concise mandates, and receive meaningful technical support. To date, a lack of consistency across APRM countries on the protocols for NGCs, including their scope of responsibility and sources of funding, has tended to hinder progress. (by Jacob Kurtzer)icon View file (67.76 kB)

 This paper examines the difficulties that exist with regard to citizenship in African states (by Bronwyn Manby)

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Analysis of the APRM system from the South African Journal of International Affairs, Vol 14, Issue 1, Summer/Autumn 2007 ( by Ross Herbert and Steven Gruzd, SAIIA)

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This survey recommends that the issue of protected disclosures be added as an indicator of good economic governance and management.

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This study is the result of research carried out in the framework of the German Development Institute’s Training Programme for young professionals (by Sven Grimm, Kristin Nawrath, Robert Roth, Simon Triebel and Britta Utz)

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This review of the APRM process in Mauritius is one of a series commissioned by AfriMAP, the Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project of the Open Society Institute’s network of Africa foundations. The report – which was written by and represents the views of Sheila Bunwaree of the University of Mauritius – analyses the extent to which the Mauritius process of self-assessment for the APRM has respected the criteria of effectiveness and credibility defined by the APRM founding documents, in particular the extent to which it has been open, participatory, transparent and accountable. Based on interviews with many of the participants, Bunwaree reviews the challenges faced during the process to date, including a failure on the government side to provide real political leadership and the necessary financial resources, the weaknesses of the National Economic and Social Council as APRM focal point, and a lack of real engagement from civil society. Bunwaree concludes that to be successful, a revived APRM in Mauritius will require ‘a major re-think amongst the key players responsible’ in order to open up the process to broader participation. (by Sheila Bunwaree)

This paper assesses the benefits that the APRM has brought to the continent, and the obstacles that militate against success.

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This review is one of a series commissioned by AfriMAP, the Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project of the Open Society Institute’s network of African foundations. The report – which was written by and represents the views of L. Adele Jinadu, an independent consultant – analyses the extent to which the Nigerian process of self-assessment for the APRM respected the criteria of effectiveness and credibility defi ned by the APRM founding documents, in particular the extent to which it was open, participatory, transparent and accountable. (by Adele Jinadu, AfriMAP)

This article seeks to assess both the AU and Nepads achievements in terms of institution- and capacity-building.

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This paper analyses the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa's Development in the context of African governance.

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This paper argues that the right of Access to Information has been endorsed by the African Union, the APRM's parent body, and is a core principle of democracy.

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Mozambique’s implementation of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process shared many of the strengths experienced by other countries that have undertaken this process of governance assessment. (by Marcelo Mosse and Jonas Fernando Pohlmann)

This report, published by AfriMap, describes the South African APRM process and discusses it's strengths and shortcomings (by Nobuntu Mbele)

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This study was commissioned by the Open Society Institute of Eastern Africa (OSIEA) and the Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP) to carry out an assessment and evaluation of the APRM process in Uganda and its outputs. (by Samuel Bamulanzeki Tindifa and Babuuzibwa Mukasa Luutu)

This paper provides an overview of the Ghana country report, citing successes and weaknesses in the four areas the African Peer Review Mechanism.

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This paper provides an overview of the APRM, points out its unique approach to governance in Africa and recognises the key challenges faced by the process (2007).

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This paper was prepared for the 2007 Bergen Seminar: Governance Assessments and the Paris Declaration: Towards Inclusive Participation and National Ownership ( by Dr. Adotey Bing-Pappoe)

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