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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.

The greatest challenges to good governance in Africa lie at the intersection of two problems: (i) low horizontal and vertical accountability, and (ii) weak constitutionalism. While courts are a critical player at these intersecting fault lines, the role of the judiciary has frequently been understated or marginalised in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) This paper seeks to identify gaps between, and within, the APRM CSARs and CRRs as they relate to judicial independence, protection of rights and separation of powers. The APRM findings from Uganda, Lesotho and Tanzania are analysed in relation to existing knowledge and literature on judicial independence. Ways in which the APRM questionnaire and assessment could be adjusted to broaden analysis and understanding of judicial independence and power are also outlined. (by Rachel Ellett)    pdf  View file (214.85 kB)

Newspaper interview with the Head of APRM Support Unit at ECA (by Kojo Busia)

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A list of recommendations with regard to the APRM process (by Hanss Siedel Foundation)

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This article focuses on the fact that the APRM does not list the existence of a free media as a necessary feature of 'good governance' (by Raymond Louw)

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This paper reviews Mozambique in terms of citizenship, participation in the political process, elections, political parties, traditional authority, local government and development assistance.

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This paper discussed civil society participation in the APRM process and raises questions about possible manipulations of the process by the reviewed governments. (by Len Verwey) pdf

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Reviews conducted under the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) are intended to occur at regular intervals, helping countries conduct an ongoing assessment of their governance. However, after 12 years of the APRM’s existence, no country has yet conducted a full ‘second-generation’ review. Settling on a format for these reviews is of considerable strategic importance, since it will set a precedent for future reviews. However, weaknesses in the first-generation reviews demand that some adaptations be made. The second-generation reviews also offer an opportunity to examine the implementation of countries’ National Programmes of Action (NPoAs), a critical part of the system yet one sometimes overlooked. (by Terence Corrigan)  pdf  View file (67.69 kB)

This paper summarises and analyses the First Report on the Implementation of South Africa’s African Peer Review Mechanism Programme of Action (Implementation Report).

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This paper discusses the changing relationships between donors and recepients of aid (by Meyer and Shultz (FRIDE)

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This paper provides a background to the OECD peer reviews as well as describes the review process itself (2007). 

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This paper focuses on the APRM and its role in strengthening governance in Africa, mentioning both constraints and opportunities (by United Nations)

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Regional integration has long been recognised as an important vehicle for Africa’s development; currently, the African Union (AU) officially intends achieving a continent-wide common market by 2023 and a currency union by 2018. One of the goals of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the continent’s indigenous governance assessment system, is to promote regional integration. The enquiries it has made into the integration attempts and experiences of the 19 countries that have undergone review so far provide valuable new insights. (by Terence Corrigan)  pdf  View file (401.27 kB)

The Rwandan APRM review showed that the country is making progress after the 1994 genocide.

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This paper is concerned with identifying common trends with regard to common African socio-economic issues.

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This paper discussion the South African government's reaction to the APRM Report and recommendations.

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This research paper advises civil society organisations on conducting succesful advocacy campaigns and using modern technology to achieve their aims.

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This paper provides a look into the APRM and how it is able to transform governance structures in Africa. A specific focus is strategies that could be utilised by stakeholders.

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