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Transformation of the Pan-African Parliament A path to a legislative body?

"The inauguration of the Pan-African Parliament reflects a commitment towards enhancing and deepening democratic values and principles on the continent. The PAP forms part of the ambitious process of deepening the institutional framework for achiev…

The Security Agencies and the South African Constitution

"The purpose of this paper is to provide a basic yardstick with which the final Constitution can be measured, specifically regarding those clauses affecting the security agencies. As such, it discusses in turn the content of the draft Bill of Rights…

The African Peer Review Mechanism at country level: Views from Kenya

"In Kenya, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) began well. In 2006 the country became the third African state to be peer reviewed and thus one of the APRM pioneers. But neither government nor civil society championed the implementation of the…

eAfrica: The Electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 1, October 2003

The African Peer review Mechanism is the leading subject in this volume. Peer Review may mark the start of a new diplomacy and the success of this will determine the survival of NEPAD. Practical implications for this process are given. A short art…

Somalia: The Trouble with Puntland

Excerpt: "The semi-autonomous north-eastern Somali region of Puntland, once touted as a success of the 'building blocks' approach to reestablishing national stability and widely viewed as one of the most prosperous parts of Somalia, is experiencing…

More Continuity Than Change? Reconfiguring Relations between ANC and Civil Society Post-Polokwane

"The material in this Policy Brief is drawn largely from this research, and opinions cited emanate from the interviews on which the research was based. The discussion interrogates perceptions of the nature and extent to which the ANC has revised its…

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 …

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 o…

Lessons from Implementing the APRM National Programme of Action in Nigeria

"The way in which the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) has unfolded in Nigeria – a key regional player with Africa’s largest population – offers lessons and guidance to other participating APRM countries. The peer review process must be followe…

'Good Citizens': Corporate Social Responsibility in Africa

"Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a growing consideration for businesses. The Country Review Reports (CRRs) compiled through the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) provide a unique lens through which CSR application in Africa can be gaug…

Corporate Governance in Africa's State Owned Enterprises: Perspectives on an Evolving System

"The African Peer Review Mechanism’s (APRM) Country Review Reports (CRRs) provide a unique overview of central themes in Africa’s political economy, and the insights they provide into corporate governance are particularly useful. State-owned enterp…

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)…

Building an African Corporate Governance

"Developing a suitable system of corporate governance is an important priority for Africa. Corporate governance is underdeveloped on the continent – outside particular pockets – but the emerging system reflects a mix of universal and distinctly Afri…

Strengthening the African Peer Review Mechanism: Insights from National Governing Councils

"National Governing Councils (NGCs)2 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…

Why the African Peer Review Mechanism Must Remain Voluntary

"Membership of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), which stands at 35 of the 54 states of the AU, is based on voluntary accession. Speculation about making participation mandatory has long existed but is a mistake. As a voluntary process, the…

(Auto) Évaluation de Politiques et des Institutions du Pays Cameroun / Political Assessment of Institutions in Cameroon

This exercise of Country Policies and Institutional Assessment (CPIA) has been done for years by the World Bank (WB) as well as the African Development Bank (ADB). In the approach, there is a questionnaire in sections 4 and 16. The main criteria li…

Getting Down to Business: Lessons from the African Peer Review Mechanism A Look at the Corporate Governance Thematic Area in the Country Review Reports on Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia

"Focussing on the six Southern African Development Community (SADC) states that have thus far completed their first Country Review Reports (CRRs) – Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia – this report shows that corporate…

Puzzling Over the Pieces Regional Integration and the African Peer Review Mechanism

"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 …

Strengthening Peer Learning in the African Peer Review Mechanism: The Case for Best Practices

"This policy briefing argues that best practices remain an underutilised output of the APRM, although they have the potential to stimulate and enhance robust engagement by all stakeholders. The best practices already identified in the 15 published …

State-Civil Society Relations: The Potential Contribution of the African Peer Review Mechanism

"The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is Africa’s home-grown governance promotion and monitoring tool. It has made one of its priorities the involvement of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the assessment of national initiatives; they have…

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