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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.

African Accountability: What Works and What Doesn't

By Yarik Turianskyi and Steven Gruzd (Eds)
SAIIA has published a new book, African Accountability: What Works and What Doesn’t? to assess the current state of governance and accountability in Africa.
Published in Books
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 10:14
SAIIA has launched a new book, African Accountability: What Works and What Doesn't, with South Africa’s Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela.
Published in Events
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 09:03
It’s that time of the year again: the month that marks 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. Familiar terms again dominate the discourse: violence against women, gender-based violence, sexual violence, intimate partner violence and domestic violence.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 23 November 2015 11:09
Ahead of the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign (25 November - 10 December), Ugandan human rights lawyer Laura Nyirinkindi paid a visit to SAIIA. Nyirinkindi has been working on combating violence against women in Africa for the last ten years.
Published in Multimedia
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 16:01
On 11 November 2015, SAIIA held a media briefing on 'G20: From Turkey to China – taking stock and looking forward'.
Published in Events
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:56
Since independence, most African states have struggled to develop effective institutions that are responsive to the governance and development needs of their respective societies. This challenge is reflected not only in the prevalence of social and political strife in many African countries, but also in the poor socio-economic performance of the continent as a whole. The same could be said of the slow progress towards greater regional and continental integration, which, to a large extent is symptomatic of a weak institutional culture across the continent.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:21
SAIIA Policy Briefing 143, October 2015
Published in Policy Briefings
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 10:02
‘Change’ was the word de jour as citizens headed to the polls for the fifth multi-party elections in Tanzania on 25 October 2015. At first glance, Tanzania seems to be a country on a clear trajectory to prosperity – maintaining a GDP growth rate of around 7 percent. Despite this impressive macroeconomic growth, distribution of wealth has been inadequate and poverty levels remain high. So did these polls deliver anything different?
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 02 November 2015 09:26
In February 2016, Uganda will go to the polls. It is only the country’s third election held since the constitutional restoration of multi-party democracy in 2005 and it is widely expected to be one of the most contentious. How might Uganda’s participation in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) contribute to better elections?
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 29 October 2015 10:08
On 26 October 2015, SAIIA is holding a Roundtable Discussion on ‘Gender and Governance in Africa: Findings from 16 countries’.
Published in Events
Monday, 26 October 2015 10:24
‘African unity’ has been one of the most consistent themes in African political thought. Since independence, the vision of a continental order stretching from Cape Town to Cairo and from Dakar to Dar es Salaam has been an entrancing one. Africa, rather than being a geographical descriptor, would be a geopolitical identity.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 19 October 2015 09:23
Last week, four Country Review Reports were tabled at a Pan-African Parliament Plenary Session. This represents a crucial step forward for governance in Africa.
Published in News & Announcements
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 09:22
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 222, September 2015
Published in Occasional Papers
Monday, 12 October 2015 16:24
Why is the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the continent’s most important governance assessment and promotion tool, in the doldrums?
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Friday, 25 September 2015 11:08
From 25 to 27 September, over 150 world leaders will gather in New York to set the agenda for global development spending for the next 15 years, valued at over 2.5 trillion US dollars. The aim is to tackle the most debilitating issues holding back economic growth from poverty to lack of power.
Published in Multimedia
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:34
South Africa has seldom approached Heritage Day with a more fractured sense of what constitutes our heritage and what should be celebrated. Angry exchanges over the character of our universities, language policy, public memorials and so on have exposed the divides that run through our society and have even called into question whether we are one nation.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 09:33

Cancelled APRM Summit Sends Distressing Signals

By Sydney Letsholo and Steven Gruzd
The sudden cancellation of an Extraordinary Summit on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) raises serious concerns about the future of this important home-grown African governance and accountability tool. Nairobi was scheduled to host the APRM Forum of Heads of State and Government on 10-11 September 2015.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 23:48
SAIIA Policy Briefing 141, August 2015
Published in Policy Briefings
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 15:02
SAIIA Policy Briefing 140, July 2015
Published in Policy Briefings
Thursday, 23 July 2015 00:00
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
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