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Making the News: Why the APRM didn't

In this paper, Brendan Boyle who covered the South African peer review process for the Sunday Times newspaper, reflects on why, in his opinion, the APRM failed to capture the imagination of the public and the press, and generate a national convers...

Using Representative Opinion Surveys in the African Peer Review Mechanism Process

Opinion surveys capture public perceptions. What are the key considerations when designing and implementing them in the APRM? All participating countries in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process have had to struggle with the long, compl...

Payment and Independence: Does a client relationship with government inhibit ‘think-tank' criticism?

This paper explores how policy research institutions (or think-tanks) will be challenged to retain their objectivity on public policy issues regardless of their source of funds, in processes such as the APRM. Drawing from the Nigerian situation (w...

Do think tanks benefit from APRM work? Kenya’s experience

This paper gives a view from three members of the research team employed in the Kenyan APRM Process as the Lead technical Agency (LTA) on socio-economic development issues, from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Nairobi. Th...

The Evolution and Development of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy in Zambia

The liberal democratic wave that swept through Africa after the collapse of the USSR and communist regimes in eastern Europe spelled an end to several one-party states and military governments on the continent. Among other things it prompted the f...

Integrating Governance Education into University Education in Africa: Perspectives, Challenges and Lessons

"Higher education in many African countries continues to be characterised by a crisis of overcrowding, inadequate staff, deteriorating standards, decaying physical infrastructure,insufficient equipment and declining budgetary and policy support f...

Digging Deep for Profits and Development? Reflections on Enhancing the Governance of Africa’s Mining Sector

"Africa’s wealth in mineral resources has seldom been used to the benefit of the inhabitants of the countries concerned. More often it has provided an area of contestation between governments, multinational mining companies, local communities and ...

Forest Governance in Africa

"This paper sets out to provide an overview of key forest governance issues across the African continent. Due to limitations of length, it focuses particularly on the experiences in western, central and, to a lesser extent, eastern subregions of t...

Managing Resources and the Democratic Order: The Experience of Botswana

"Africa is a potentially rich continent that remains one of the poorest in the world. For most African countries, an abundance of resources has not only contributed to underdevelopment but has undermined democracy. Public office is a major source ...

Prospects of the SPLA/M's Transition into a Political Party in Sudan

"This paper argues that the predominant circumstances in Sudan are likely to prevent the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M) from evolving into a political party. At present, the political class in the North has not reached a consensu...

The APRM's Economic Governance and Management Standards: What Civil Society Should Look For

Civil society research and advocacy groups dedicated to safeguarding the rights of citizens, may find an unexpected opportunity to monitor their own governments through the APRM process. This paper argues that, in a democratic state, citizens have...

The State of Governance in Africa

"Informal, neo-patrimonial power structures partly explain why over 30 years of structural adjustment and calls for good governance have failed to inspire lasting change in Africa. What can be done? The good governance agenda, advocated in the N...

Democracy and Accountability: Balancing Majority Rule and Minority Rights

This paper identifies accountability as the essential ingredient required to make the ideals of constitutionalism a reality. The author offers a definition in which three tests for constitutionalism are set out. These are, firstly, limitations on ...

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, A...

The African Peer Review Mechanism: Assessing Origins, Institutional Relations and Achievements

"This paper assesses the origins of the APRM, the benefits that it has brought to the continent, and the obstacles that militate against success. To assess the impact of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), it is necessary to understand where...

SAIIA Roundtable: The African Peer Review Mechanism - Progress and Prospects

"The roundtable agreed that, seven years on, the APRM has notched up notable achievements. It has defied the sceptics by attracting 30 member states to accede voluntarily to its rules. After a slow start, a dozen states have now completed their Co...

Falling between the Cracks? Prospects for Environmental Litigation Arising from Oil Production in Southern Sudan

"Oil production in Southern Sudan has degraded agricultural lands and caused mass displacement and suffering of local pastoralist and agriculturalist communities. This paper seeks to identify the legal system governing the adjudication of environ...

The DRC at 50: Confronting the Challenges of Peace and Territorial Consolidation

"On 30 June 2010 the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) celebrated 50 years of independence from colonial rule. At 50, the country is torn between competing and contradictory internal forces as it tries to negotiate a path towards self understandi...

Public Administration for a Democratic Developmental State in Africa : Prospects and Possibilities

"The goal of this paper is to examine the concept of a developmental public service and administration within the context of a democratic developmental state (DDS) in Africa. Developmental public service and administration means an efficient and ...

Promoting Accountability Through State Audit: A Review Of The Auditor General’s Report On The Consolidated Fund 1994-1999

"Public auditing is one of the cornerstones of public sector financial accountability. Auditing involves the examination of public revenue and expenditure with the aim of ensuring that revenues collected are spent in accordance with the legal mand...

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