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Yarik Turianskyi

Yarik Turianskyi is a Ukrainian national who has been living in South Africa since 2001. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pretoria. Before joining SAIIA he worked as a lecturer at the Department of Political Sciences at both Hatfield and Mamelodi campuses of the University of Pretoria. He currently works as a researcher on SAIIA’s Governance and the APRM programme. His recent publications include Off Track? Findings from South Africa's First APRM Implementation Report and the Common African Political Governance Issues: Lessons from Six Early APRM Reports. Yarik closely follows South African politics, as well as international relations, and Eastern European politics.


  • African Peer Review Mechanism
  • South African Politics
  • International Relations


  • M.A (University of Pretoria)

Library Articles

A Good Governance Driver: Is the African Peer Review Mechanism up to it?

"The introduction of the AU’s Agenda 2063 means that yet another governance initiative has entered the African political landscape. This policy briefing examines the place of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) within Agenda 2063, as well as the African Governance Architecture (AGA). It argues that the APRM could effectively exist alongside them. However, at 12 years old, the APRM must...

Maintaining Momentum? Civil Society and the APRM in Zambia

"The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is intended to assist member states to identify and eradicate governance problems. The review of Zambia found positives as well as negatives in the country’s governance practices. Without the participation of civil society and on a very modest budget the APRM is, however, struggling to bring about positive change. This policy briefing looks at when...

South Africa's Implementation of the APRM: Making a Difference or Going Through the Motions

"South Africa’s 2007 African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Country Review Report (CRR) identified numerous governance challenges. The country committed itself to eradicating these challenges through implementing a National Programme of Action (NPoA). However, seven years later, these challenges persist and the APRM has fallen off the public radar. In January 2014, South Africa launched its...

The OAU/AU at 50 : Democratic Governance as a Precondition for a Sustainable African Future

"The 50th anniversary of the African Union (AU), previously the Organisation for African Unity (OAU), in May 2013 provided a fitting moment for the continental body to reflect on its achievements, challenges and the way forward. When compared with the OAU, the AU has been more successful in achieving greater security on the continent, thereby allowing development to take place. However, many...

APRM and the Media: Getting the Story Right

"Although the APRM is innovative and potentially headline-generating, it has so far failed to attract significant media coverage. It is aimed at improving their lives but most of the people of Africa do not know about it. This paper examines four factors that could account for the lack of APRM media coverage. They are, respectively, the unsatisfactory way reports are ‘packaged’ for the media...

The African Peer Review Mechanism Ten Years on: How Can it be Strengthened?

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) celebrated its tenth anniversary in March 2013. A voluntary and African owned framework, it aims to improve governance on the continent. The APRM utilises a system of peer reviews to achieve this goal. Its country reviews are analogous to a performance assessment in an office. In the case of the APRM, a member state develops a Country Self-Assessment...

Common African Political Governance Issues: Lessons from Six Early APRM Reports

"This paper analyses the discussion and recommendations about Africa's pressing political governance issues - including the separation of powers, election management and corruption - from the APRM reports of Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, , South Africa, Algeria and Benin. The author argues that these first six reports reveal a distinct gap between the admirable intentions enshrined in the...