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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.

SAIIA Policy Briefing No 129, March 2015
The African Union’s emerging 50-year development plan, Agenda 2063, aims to cap a century of the organisation’s work with a thoroughly transformed continent. A central theme is the integration of the AU’s 54 member states, opening up borders, merging markets and speaking with a common voice in global fora.
SAIIA Report No 18, January 2015  Download - English (401.27 kB) Governance and APRM ProgrammeRegional 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.
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.
On Friday 30 January, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe was appointed the new chair of the African Union. His appointment was made during the annual two-day heads of state summit at the African Union's headquarters in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 209, January 2015
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 120, December 2014
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.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Getting Down to Business

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.
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.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 114, November 2014
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 203, October 2014
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.
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]
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 108, October 2014
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 105, September 2014
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)?
SAIIA Report No 17, August 2014 Download - English (642.1 kB) Governance and APRM ProgrammeThe 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.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 104, September 2014
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 103, September 2014
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?
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.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 101, August 2014
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.
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.
Strategies to increase women’s participation in politics have been advanced through conventions, protocols and international agreements for gender mainstreaming, but they are yet to prove effective in achieving gender parity in the highest government rankings. The latest data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union show that globally, women account for an average of about 20% of parliamentary seats.