Spotlighting Governance Challenges: Lessons from Namibia

In January 2017 Namibia became the 37th state to join the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the continent’s self-assessment tool promoting good governance. In 2018 Namibian civil society organisations (CSOs) met to develop an evidence-based written submission, highlighting 13 of the most critical governance issues in the country. Through the APRM Sensitisation Project in Namibia (ASPIN), the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) provided ongoing technical support while the Windhoek-based Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) brought together the Namibian CSOs and helped develop the submission. This policy insight unpacks the key lessons from these experiences, to serve as guidance for civil society in other countries that may want to adopt a similar approach for their own national APRM processes.