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Governance and APRM Programme

Good governance assists countries to adhere to the rule of law, enhance economic performance and minimise conflict. This programme seeks to stimulate informed discussion and insightful research on governance in Africa, through the lens of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the continent’s innovative governance monitoring and promotion instrument. The GAP programme also works with civil society organisations to strengthen their interest and meaningful participation in the APRM and related processes in the emerging African Governance Architecture (AGA). We aim to improve the ability of the APRM to contribute to governance reforms, institutions and processes. As a result SAIIA is widely seen as the leading independent authority on the APRM.

The current programme is a collaboration between SAIIA and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA). GAP also works with the APRM Secretariat on a project to enhance the interaction of the Pan-African Parliament with the APRM.

SAIIA Policy Briefing 140, July 2015
Published in Policy Briefings
Thursday, 23 July 2015 00:00
CLOSING DATE 7 AUGUST 2015: The Governance and African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Programme (GAP) of the South African Institute of International Affairs is coming to the end of its current funding period on 31 December 2015. GAP is currently conceptualising a new programme from 2016-2018 and several concept notes for smaller projects have been sent out in response to calls for proposals. GAP seeks to solicit the services of a qualified consultant to assist in finalising a fundable proposal, and to develop the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) skills of the programme team members.
Published in Opportunities
Monday, 13 July 2015 16:25
Since its institution in 1989, World Population Day on 11 July has drawn attention to the Earth’s rising population, and the demographic and social trends accompanying it. These serious and complex matters address the opportunities and hurdles confronting countries’ development aspirations. Nowhere is this of more profound – even existential – importance than in Africa.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 13 July 2015 12:34
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 136, May 2015
Published in Policy Briefings
Friday, 22 May 2015 13:58
A special workshop for regional stakeholders, ‘The African Peer Review Mechanism in Southern Africa: Exploring Synergies with the Southern African Development Community,’ was held on 20-21 May 2015 in Gaborone, Botswana.
Published in Events
Thursday, 21 May 2015 16:52

Getting Back to Good Governance this Africa Day

By Steven Gruzd and Yarik Turianskyi
This year’s Africa Day commemorations on 25 May – celebrating the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in Ethiopia in 1963 – occur against the backdrop of deadly xenophobic attacks in South Africa. A governance assessment of South Africa under the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in 2007 emphasised these underlying tensions with foreign nationals.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 18 May 2015 10:04
Combating gender-based violence was a key theme raised by African countries at the March 2015 session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland. It is clear that this is a serious problem across the continent, as speeches from leaders from South Africa to Egypt demonstrated.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 20 April 2015 10:44
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 134, April 2015
Published in Policy Briefings
Monday, 20 April 2015 10:30
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 212, March 2015
Published in Occasional Papers
Thursday, 02 April 2015 11:22
The Sharpeville Massacre is deeply engrained in the pages of South African history. The events of 21 March 1960 are now commemorated on Human Rights Day.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:27
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 130, March 2015
Published in Policy Briefings
Monday, 09 March 2015 09:28
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) – the continent’s governance assessment and monitoring tool – turns 12 on 9 March 2015. This anniversary commemorates the meeting in Abuja, Nigeria in 2003 that officially inaugurated the APRM, and saw the voluntary accession of the first member states.
Published in News & Announcements
Monday, 09 March 2015 09:27
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 129, March 2015
Published in Policy Briefings
Saturday, 07 March 2015 12:28
The African Union’s emerging 50-year development plan, Agenda 2063, aims to cap a century of the organisation’s work with a thoroughly transformed continent. A central theme is the integration of the AU’s 54 member states, opening up borders, merging markets and speaking with a common voice in global fora.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 09:14
SAIIA Report No 18, January 2015

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Governance and APRM Programme

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 the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the continent’s indigenous governance assessment system, is to promote regional integration. The enquiries it has made into the integration attempts and experiences of the 19 countries that have undergone review so far provide valuable new insights.
Published in Research Reports
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:19

Where is the African Peer Review Mechanism Heading?

By Steven Gruzd and Yarik Turianskyi
Africa may be rising, but its success is primarily measured by economic growth and development, while discourse on democratisation is far less prominent than at the onset of the new millennium. At the same time, many African states are forging ever-deeper ties with emerging powers that seem to place little value on democracy and human rights.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 16:40
On Friday 30 January, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe was appointed the new chair of the African Union. His appointment was made during the annual two-day heads of state summit at the African Union's headquarters in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.
Published in Multimedia
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 11:50
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 209, January 2015
Published in Occasional Papers
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 10:17
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 120, December 2014
Published in Policy Briefings
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 14:29
Global experience in the last century demonstrated that it is possible for societies to move rapidly from poverty to prosperity. The past decade has seen growing hope that Africa may be on the cusp of emulating these experiences.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 08 January 2015 07:51
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 204, October 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Monday, 24 November 2014 09:41

Getting Down to Business

By Terence Corrigan
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) recognises that a well-designed system of corporate governance is essential for creating an environment that at once enables profitable business and keeps business behaviour within responsible boundaries – together, the preconditions for development. To explore this, it devotes an entire thematic area to corporate governance, but to date this topic has tended to attract relatively little attention.
Published in News & Announcements
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 13:32
A new report on Corporate Governance in Southern Africa by the South African Institute of International Affairs was launched this week in both Zambia and South Africa.
Published in Events
Thursday, 13 November 2014 17:17
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 114, November 2014
Published in Policy Briefings
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:53
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 203, October 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Thursday, 06 November 2014 15:36
How do emerging democracies act on human rights concerns, particularly in a multipolar international system where most states consistently choose self-interest over values? This question and others were addressed at a public panel and an experts’ seminar, on 12 to 13 May 2014, organised by SAIIA, the Ford Foundation and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre.
Published in News & Announcements
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 11:03
Sociologist Robert K Merton’s ‘Law of Unintended Consequences’ is the observable phenomenon of purposeful actions having unexpected results, most often negative ones. Mozambique’s 2014 elections have been characterised by continuing tensions between the Government of Mozambique and the Resistência Nacional Moçambicana (RENAMO) opposition political party, which the latter has sought to escalate in the post-election period, and ahead of the final results.[i]
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 27 October 2014 09:33
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 108, October 2014
Published in Policy Briefings
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 19:13
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 106, September 2014
Published in Policy Briefings
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 14:52
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 105, September 2014
Published in Policy Briefings
Monday, 20 October 2014 13:28
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