Two weeks ago, Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi announced, out of the blue, that the drafting phase in the South Africa process for the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) would start this coming Wednesday and end in November.
By opening governments to scrutiny by citizens and continental peers, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) embodies commendable ideals. But as the APRM, the flagship programme of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) gains momentum, cracks threatening the legitimacy of the process are beginning to emerge – seriously jeopardising Africa’s attempt at seeking home-grown solutions to fix its problems.
In Abuja, Nigeria, African leaders will gather in a few days to brainstorm on Nepad's future. They will be tempted to celebrate success but need to ask some vital questions, particularly about the African Peer Review Mechanism that was created by Nepad.
Mbeki will have a lot to answer to when questioned about the African Peer Review report on governance in SA. Ross Herbert takes a look at where it went wrong and how a country that helped establish the system didn't follow its own guidelines.
In Addis Ababa this weekend, just ahead of the African Union Summit, President Thabo Mbeki must go before his peers to face questions about the final African Peer Review report on governance in South Africa.
With the opening of the Pan-African Parliament's (PAP) third session tomorrow, there are many expectations of what will be on the agenda for PAP. Ayesha Kajee of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), says three major issues that will be touched on. These include the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process, peace and security issues as well as democracy processes around the continent.
by Denis Venter, political and economic risk analyst, Africa Consultancy & Research Unit