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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.

The 15th AU Summit The theme of the 15th African Union Summit in Kampala, Uganda (19-27 July 2010) is “Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development in Africa”, but Africa’s ongoing conflicts and challenges will also be discussed. The 13th African Peer Review Mechanism Forum meets on 24 July – observers expect some indication of the future direction of Africa’s main governance monitoring process.
The Minister of Public Service and Administration, Richard Baloyi,addressing the audience at a scoping workshop held at SAIIA, ‘Developing the Capacity of Civil Society to Track the Implementation of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).’ on 12 October 2010  See his speech here.
In this report, the second in the NEPAD POLICY FOCUS series published by SAIIA's Nepad and Governance Project, Peter Farlam draws lessons from the experience of implementing public-private partnerships.
Position: SAIIA KAS Visiting Scholar Programme: African Governance and Diplomacy
Business in Africa Report, No 9, 2007 by Judi Hudson SAIIA: 2007ISBN: 1-919969-16-0Published by SAIIA and sponsored by the Royal Danish Embassy in Pretoria Once a pariah state, South Africa now ‘seems poised to dominate the continent that once shunned its products and leaders’. The situation is somewhat different in Kenya. In effect, that country has managed to keep the South African business heavyweights at arm’s length. The experiences of South African companies doing business in Kenya show us that we cannot separate the successes from the problems of doing business in Africa. Indeed, some Kenyans have perceived some of…
STRONG CRITICISM of the methods used by South Africa in implementing the African Union's Peer Review Mechanism processes as part of the ambitious Nepad (New Partnership for Africa's Democracy) initiative was voiced at a workshop which discussed the "lessons learned" during the APRM reviews of the first four countries. The workshop, conducted by the South African Institute of International Affairs, one of the technical research organisations engaged by the SA government for the country's APRM process, at Muldersdrift near Johannesburg in September.
SAIIA's Global Best Practice report series, produced in 2005 and 2006, offers case studies of various sectors and issues, with the aim of assessing their potential applicability in the African developmental context.
IN THEIR first referendum since 1963, Kenyans took to the polling booth in November to vote on a new constitution. The result was a resounding 'no' vote that was both stinging rebuke to incumbent president Mwai Kibaki and a sign of intensifying political conflict.
Monday, 14 February 2005

Nepad Policy Focus

The Nepad Policy Focus report series, launched in December 2004, identifies key priorities for Africa, stimulates innovative thinking, and tackles critical elements of the Nepad agenda to promote public debate about the continent's future.
Business Day, 21 October 2004British-based human rights interest group Amnesty International has accused Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu (PF) party of exploiting the current food insecurity to its advantage. In its report, Zimbabwe: Power and Hunger Violations of the right to food, Amnesty International is arguing that a large part of the Zimbabwean population has gone hungry due to 'discrimination and corruption'.
Business Day, 12 October 2004Interest groups can act as opposition agents when influencing government. Hence, political parties practise opposition politics, but interest groups do, too. This is happening in Zambia, where interest groups are questioning the current constitutional review process the fourth since independence from the UK in October 1964.
Head: Governance and APRM Programme
Position: Deputy Programme HeadProgramme: Governance and APRM Programme
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