Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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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.

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.

Click here for photos of the event on SAIIA's Facebook page.

Event background The APRM is a voluntary African-owned governance assessment mechanism, where member states evaluate governance progress and challenges, and commit to improving shortcomings. Established in 2003, it now boasts 34 member states, 17 of which have undergone their first review. Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to proclaim independence…
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
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 194, July 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:23
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 98, June 2014
Published in Policy Briefings
Friday, 04 July 2014 14:21
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 96, June 2014
Published in Policy Briefings
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 14:02
Despite the shadow cast by the charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto at the International Criminal Court, Kenya has been quietly going about compiling its second Country Self-Assessment Report (CSAR) under the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). As an APRM member, Kenya is expected to submit itself to the continent’s voluntary home-grown tool that assesses the state of governance in participating countries. The APRM proposes corrective measures to address governance gaps that emerge during the review.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 22 May 2014 13:23
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 185, May 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 13:03
On 12-13 May, SAIIA, the Ford Foundation and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF), organised a public panel and an experts’ seminar on ‘Human Rights, Emerging Powers and International Governance: Civil Society Actors and Transnational Advocacy in the 21st Century’.
Published in Events
Monday, 12 May 2014 15:04
The 20th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide this year offers an apt opportunity to reflect on how far Africa has come in preventing a reoccurrence of such a tragedy.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 13:51
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
For the last ten years, the South African Institute of International Affairs has focused part of its research agenda on governance and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). Since its creation a decade ago, the APRM has been seen as a complicated process that is not well enough understood.
Published in Media
Thursday, 13 February 2014 15:00
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
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