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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.

par Professor Ahmed MohiddinSAIIA Occasional Paper, No 1, May 2008 (French)Download - French [.pdf]
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 28, March 2009 (English)
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 27, March 2009 (French)
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 27, March 2009 (English)
From an international criminal law perspective, the warrant of arrest for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 4 March 2009 is a historic document.
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 26, February 2009 (French)
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 26, February 2009 (English)
Wednesday, 04 February 2009

2008 APRM Conference Photos

A selection of photos from the conference:  
This review first appeared in the South African Journal of International Affairs, Volume 15, Number 1, November 2008 The African Peer Review Mechanism: Lessons from the Pioneers, by Ross Herbert and Steven Gruzd, Johannesburg, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), 2008, 424 pp., R220 (paperback), ISBN no. 1-919969-60-8
This review first appeared in the South African Journal of International Affairs, Volume 15, Number 1, November 2008   The African Peer Review Mechanism: Lessons from the Pioneers, by Ross Herbert and Steven Gruzd, Johannesburg, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), 2008, 424 pp., R220 (paperback), ISBN no. 1-919969-60-8
Seeking 'African solutions to African problems' is frequently adopted as a mantra to conflict resolution by a curious partnership of African leaders eager to prove their capacity to meet their own challenges, and western powers who have historically been eager to help Africa along but increasingly prefer to let Africans clean up after their own mess or dig themselves in deeper. African solution efforts draw widespread scepticism from observers who have witnessed the African Union (AU) struggle to resolve conflicts in trouble spots such as Sudan's Darfur region, and among Africa's traditional Western donors who have poured aid into Africa…
Friday, 30 January 2009

"Helping" Africa

Particular moments - like Barack Obama's presidential inauguration - seem wired with history. Expectations are high that he will be a natural friend of Africa. Could his presidency be the historical moment in which Africa assumes its place in the world?
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 20, January 2009 (English)
Guest column, as published in www.allafrica.com The election of Barack Obama as 44th President of the United States is celebrated as a milestone in several, well known respects – not only will he assume office as the first president of color – but as an underdog who entered the race for the White House with a slim resume, an unfamiliar name pitted against an established political brand and a political novice whose prospects of raising enough money to meet up to the task were not extremely bright at the starting line. 
For more than a decade now, Africa has been trying to address its developmental and political problems through an approach favouring home-grown initiatives.
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 19, February 2009
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 18, April 2009
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 16, December 2008 (English)
More countries have a firmer grasp of the extent of the epidemic - in 2004 only 102 countries maintained consistent records, whereas in 2008 45 more have better, more rigorous information about the epidemic.
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 15, November 2008 (English)
The State of Governance in Africa: Formal Rules, Informal Realities and Strategies for Change 18-20 November 2008 Birchwood Hotel The quality of governance is a key factor in African crises - from Zimbabwe to Congo to Kenya. Indeed, the ousting of President Thabo Mbeki and subsequent creation of a new political party in South Africa reflect problems of governance.
The State of Governance in Africa: Formal Rules, Informal Realities and Strategies for Change18-20 November 2008Birchwood Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
For the first time in many years, a political event brought tears to my eyes as Barack Obama was elected at the 44th president of the United States of America. The news shows and radio call-in programmes in America and South Africa were full of elated conversation about the symbolism of the US electing its first black president, of the fulfilment of Martin Luther King's famous dream that America would one day live up to the full meaning of its creed.
Last weekend, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) was in the spotlight in Benin. From 25-26 October 2008, participating African Heads of State and Government gathered in Cotonou for the first Extraordinary African Peer Review Forum. Most Forum meetings are traditionally held on the margins of busy African Union Summits, where other business frequently intervenes. In Egypt in June-July, Zimbabwe dominated. This time, the APRM was squarely the focus. But do the benefits of a longer, more in-depth stand-alone meeting outweigh notoriously poor attendance?