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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.

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
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

Do African Union Governance Reviews Work?

By Steven Gruzd and Yarik Turianskyi
Does being an active member of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the instrument adopted by the African Union to improve the quality of governance across the continent, help a country improve its rankings in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG)?
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 20 October 2014 09:29
SAIIA Report No 17, August 2014

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Governance and APRM Programme

The Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is an initiative aimed at fostering good governance and development in its participating states. As part of its multi-pronged inquiry, it devotes a great deal of attention to investigating corporate governance on the continent. However, thus far corporate governance has attracted less attention than any other area of the APRM.
Published in Research Reports
Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:12
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 104, September 2014
Published in Policy Briefings
Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:35
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 200, August 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Monday, 29 September 2014 16:12
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 103, September 2014
Published in Policy Briefings
Sunday, 28 September 2014 15:46
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 102, September 2014
Published in Policy Briefings
Friday, 26 September 2014 15:39
The existence of a vibrant civil society is often seen as an important element of a democratic state. Yet what is civil society and what does it need to do to contribute meaningfully and enhance democratic elements of the country’s politics and governance practices?
Published in News & Announcements
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 13:00
Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to proclaim independence in 1957, and also the first to complete a governance review in 2005 under the APRM (African Peer Review Mechanism). Ghana ran one of the most transparent and inclusive processes on the continent, and this has spurred important reforms. As South Africa prepares to embark on its second review, it can learn important lessons from the Ghanaian experience.
Published in Multimedia
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:57
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 101, August 2014
Published in Policy Briefings
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 15:32
More than a week has now passed since the ostensible coup attempt of 29 August in Lesotho. This was sold officially as an operation to neutralise elements within the Lesotho Mounted Police Service who were colluding with government supporters to disrupt a protest march the following Monday.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 10:36
The South African Institute of International Affairs was proud to host a public lecture with Prominent Ghanaian academic Professor SKB Asante and Ambassador Ashraf Rashed, deputy chairperson of the APRM Panel of Eminent Persons, on 8 September 2014. A video interview with the experts present is now available.
Published in Events
Monday, 08 September 2014 13:44
South Africa is soon due to undergo its second Review under the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), Africa's premier governance tool. We speak with Minister Collins Chabane, of South Africa's Department of Public Service and Administration about the APRM.
Published in Multimedia
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 12:46
The Honorable Collins Chabane, the Minister for Public Service and Administration and South African National APRM Focal Point, opened a workshop today on ‘Popularising the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) through the media’.
Published in Events
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:24
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 196, July 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 09:55
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 99, July 2014
Published in Policy Briefings
Monday, 28 July 2014 11:52
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