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African Peer Review Mechanism: Development Lessons from Africa's Remarkable Governance Assessment System

This case study of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) seeks to examine the lessons it holds about South–South knowledge exchange, South–South co-operation(SSC), capacity development and development effectiveness. This case study outlines the…

Consolidating the African Governance Architecture

"Collaboration and co-ordination among African Union (AU) and Regional Economic Community (REC) organs and institutions with the mandate to strengthen governance, human rights and democracy have been ad hoc and unpredictable. The results have been …

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…

Promoting Peer Review as a Compliance Mechanism for Regional Integration

Multilateral organisations have long used peer review as a means to encourage compliance with commitments made in the pursuit of various socio-economic goals. Africa established the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) as an indigenous system to mo…

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…

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…

Opening Borders: Extra-governmental Involvement in African Regional Integration

"Drawing extra-governmental constituencies into regional integration initiatives is important in ensuring that durable systems emerge. The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) shows that in Africa, as in much of the world, involving civil society …

Judicial Independence Under the APRM: From Rhetoric to Reality

"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, th…

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 …

Make Peace Happen: Strengthening Political Governance for Peace, Security and Stability in Africa

"A research report based on the AU High-level Retreat held in Cairo, Egypt, from 4–5 September 2011, organised by the African Union Peace and Security Department in cooperation with the Government of Egypt, the African Centre for the Constructive Re…

African Journal on Conflict Resolution Vol.12, No.2, 2012

"The contribution of the first article in this edition will offer an analysis of the ideal of ‘African solutions to African problems’ within the framework of APSA and its role and limitations in Africa’s quest for maintaining its peace and security.…

Political leaders in Africa: Presidents, Patrons or Profiteers?

"The perception is that African leaders rule failed states that have acquired tags such as “corruptocracies”, “chaosocracies” or “terrorocracies”. Perspectives on political leadership in Africa vary from the “criminalisation” of the state to politic…

The APRM A Case Study in Democratic Institution Building?

"This paper uses an institutional approach in analysing the progress made by the APRM across the currently signed up countries. It argues that the African leadership/government(s) is in the position of gate-keeper in this review exercise, hence, mea…

Peace and Security through Good Governance A Guide to the NEPAD African Peer Review Mechanism

"This paper is focused on the political and governance component of NEPAD peer review. Hunger, poverty, HIV/AIDS and lack of development in Africa are in the first instance political and governance issues. Both economic and corporate governance tak…

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