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Governance and APRM

SAIIA’s Governance and African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) programme has the overall purpose of putting governance and African development at the centre of local and global discussions. In doing this, the programme seeks to accelerate the transformation of the African public sphere, which in turn has a direct effect on people’s livelihoods options. The programme does this through the prism of the APRM. The aim is to improve the ability of the APRM to contribute to governance reforms, institutions and processes.

Good governance is broadly recognised as a necessary condition for peace and development in Africa. At the EU-Africa Summit held in Brussels on 2 to 3 April 2014, one of the five key priorities identified for joint action was ‘democracy, good governance and human rights’.
Published in News & Announcements
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:23
An internal Ukrainian crisis dating back to November 2013 took on an external dimension last month. Just as Ukrainians were starting to rebuild their country after months of protests and a change of leadership, Russia’s intervention in Crimea has shifted the focus, and set off alarm bells throughout Europe.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:32
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the Institute for Research and Debate on Governance (Institut de recherche et débat sur la gouvernance - IRG) based in Paris and the Embassy of France in South Africa held a roundtable on ‘Making Elections More Legitimate in Africa’ on 25 March 2014.
Published in Events
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 16:57
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 177, February 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
SAIIA Report No 15, January 2014

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Governance and APRM Programme

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. The report is based on desk research, personal interviews and an online survey.
Published in Research Reports
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 16:12
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 174, February 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Monday, 24 February 2014 00:00
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 172, January 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:35

APRM and the Media: Getting the Story Right

By Yarik Turianskyi and Jeggan Grey-Johnson
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 171, January 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:00
On 29 January 2014, the highest decision-making body of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the Forum, met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to admit its 34th and newest member – Equatorial Guinea – and to review progress in implementation of governance programmes in South Africa and Mozambique. Accession to the continent’s premier home-grown governance assessment instrument is voluntary and involves opening up a country for rigorous scrutiny of its governance practices. SAIIA researchers were there to observe proceedings, captured in the official communique from the Forum and an analysis of the 2014 Forum by SAIIA.
Published in News & Announcements
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 19:52
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), a voluntary African governance promotion tool, now boasts an unprecedented 34 member states, 17 of which have completed their first reviews. But a lack of political enthusiasm for it – especially by heads of state – is endangering its relevance and impact on governance.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 00:58
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 82, January 2014
Published in Policy Briefings
Monday, 27 January 2014 01:19
2013 was marked by two important anniversaries related to governance in Africa, with the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) celebrating its tenth year in existence and the African Union (AU) marking fifty years since the establishment of its predecessor, the Organisation of African Unity. Both events were celebrated at the May 2013 AU Summit.
Published in News & Announcements
Sunday, 19 January 2014 23:43
On New Year’s Eve 2014 over 100,000 Ukrainians attempted to set the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people simultaneously singing their national anthem. While such activities normally symbolise national unity, Ukraine remains as divided as ever. The former Soviet republic, independent since 1991 and with a population of 46 million, is faced with a choice of aligning itself closer to the European Union (EU) or Russia. The country’s unique geo-political location between the two actors makes it a highly desirable of area of influence for both.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 01:21
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 80, December 2013
Published in Policy Briefings
Monday, 13 January 2014 08:47
Travel in Africa can present serious challenges – especially if you are African. A few months ago I travelled to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia and headquarters of the African Union. I have been traveling to this beautiful country about twice a year for the past decade. What struck me and prompted this reflection on African integration was noticing that in the past few years restrictions on entry have become increasingly harsher. One is tempted to ask questions about the dream of free movement of citizens across Africa – and therefore continental integration and unity.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 17:42
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 76, November 2013
Published in Policy Briefings
Thursday, 31 October 2013 14:00
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) has the potential to dramatically change the governance landscape on the continent. However, 10 years after its formation, the APRM has not fully captured the interest of African citizens and media. Why is this the case?
Published in News & Announcements
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 17:57
The head of SAIIA’s Governance and African Peer Review Mechanism Programme (GAP), Steven Gruzd, speaks to PowerFM’s Chris Vick about the African Union’s special summit (on 12 October 2013) to discuss Africa's continued involvement in the International Criminal Court. Joining Steven on the panel is Tiseke Kasambala from Human Rights Watch.

Click on the PowerFM player above to listen.

Published in Multimedia
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 03:40
In 2013, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic mark twenty years of their independence. The negotiated split of former Czechoslovakia on 31 December 1992 remains an example of peaceful conflict resolution. Both countries continued on the path of political and economic transformation after the fall of the totalitarian communist regime in 1989, on the basis of the reforms undertaken in the early 1990s in Czechoslovakia.
Published in Events
Monday, 16 September 2013 09:06
It is not surprising that African countries bordering the Indian Ocean see themselves as ‘gateways’ or entry points to the continent. The coastal towns and communities of South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique have for centuries had complex and dynamic cultural and economic links with their counterparts along the Indian Ocean Rim. Today, with the global liberalisation of trade and investment, these countries increasingly seek to position themselves between Africa’s interior and the broader world, and particularly the fast-growing economies in Asia.
Published in Events
Monday, 09 September 2013 21:35
In this podcast, SAIIA looks at the upcoming national elections in the Kingdom of Swaziland. The first round of elections began against the backdrop of continuing economic difficulties in Swaziland. The final round of parliamentary elections will take place on 20 September 2013 and King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, will subsequently appoint a new government. 
Published in Multimedia
Sunday, 08 September 2013 02:00

Swaziland: Southern Africa's Forgotten Crisis

By SAIIA Governance and APRM programme
South African Institute of International Affairs invites you to a roundtable discussion to be addressed by Alex Vines, speaking on "Swaziland: Southern Africa's Forgotten Crisis."
Published in Events
Monday, 02 September 2013 04:59
National identity, a sense of belonging and the right to citizenship are fundamental human rights. In South Africa last week, in addition to celebrating the 95th birthday of Africa’s living legend, Nelson Mandela, the government also started rolling out “smart” national identity documents (IDs). These secure, tamper-resistant documents were issued to, among others, senior political activists who were at the forefront of the struggle against Apartheid. It has also been hailed as another step on the way to consolidating inclusive and non-racial citizenship – in contrast, for example, to apartheid-era documents that limited the movement and employment of many in…
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 25 July 2013 02:03

Egypt's unrest

By Tom Wheeler
At the beginning of July, millions of Egyptians marched to demand that Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi resign. He was overthrown by the military on 3 July 2013 and the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, was installed as interim president. Hazem el-Beblawi, a 76-year-old liberal economist became interim prime minister to govern under a temporary constitution until parliamentary elections could be held in the next six months.
Published in Multimedia
Sunday, 14 July 2013 22:54
In a new podcast, SAIIA interviewed participants of the “African Peer Review Mechanism +10: Reviewing a decade of Peer Learning and Projecting a Future of Governance in Africa” colloquium, which took place on 17 and 18 May 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.[notice class="attention"]Participants were asked to reflect on the following questions:1) What is the single biggest achievement of the APRM in its first decade of existence? Click here to download the podcast, part 12) What new aspect would they introduce to the APRM or what existing aspect would they change, if they had the decision-making power? Click here to download…
Published in Multimedia
Monday, 08 July 2013 16:38
The recent 19th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, injected new momentum into the decade old African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) with the appointment of new leadership to the APR Forum and the APR Panel. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Barrister Akere Muna will play pivotal roles in the two afore-mentioned governing bodies of Africa’s unique voluntary governance assessment instrument. How will the new appointments affect the mechanism that is heading into its second decade of existence?
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:54
SAIIA has recently relaunched its two regular newsletters, which are freely available to all. Trade Perspectives is a bi-monthly newsletter providing insights, analysis and updates on economic governance, trade policy and trade negotiations. This newsletter is produced by the Economic Diplomacy Programme at SAIIA. The next issue will be available this month. Governance Perspectives is a bi-monthly newsletter on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), governance, democracy and accountability in Africa. It is published by the Governance and APRM Programme at SAIIA. The next issue will be available next month. [notice class="attention"] To subscribe to either of these newsletters, please…
Published in News & Announcements
Monday, 10 June 2013 03:44

Which Way Forward for Zimbabwe?

By Nicole Beardsworth
This year’s elections in Zimbabwe may well prove to be a watershed for the Southern African country but as the elections move ever closer, the outcome appears less and less certain.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 27 May 2013 07:43
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -  As the leaders of the African Union gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to celebrate the continental organisation’s 50th anniversary, more than 46 civil society organisations deliberated on the present state of governance in Africa, by placing the continent’s premier governance mechanism, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), under the microscope.  
Published in Media
Monday, 20 May 2013 10:02
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