Anxieties of West African Democracy: Six Presidential Elections in 2014-2015
04 March 2014, African Futures
By Gilles Olakounlé Yabi
It is with knotted stomachs and clenched throats that the citizens of six members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are preparing to enter an election period that has become synonymous in too large a part of the continent, with a high risk of violent crisis. The first who will be summoned read more...
La Démocratie de l’Angoisse: l’Afrique de l’Ouest et ses Six Élections Présidentielles de 2014-2015
04 March 2014, African Futures
Par Gilles Olakounlé Yabi
Cette contribution est la première d’un essai en deux parties par le Dr. Gilles Olakounlé Yabi sur l’environnement anxieux dans les pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest qui se préparent pour les élections en 2014/2015. La deuxième partie sera publiée read more...
Sierra Leone News: Governance, Education and Justice still lagging – OSIWA
03 March 2014, Awoko
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) yesterday launched three reports on ‘Education’ the ‘Justice Sector and the Rule of Law’ and ‘Democracy and Political Participation’ in Sierra Leone, which the Country Director Joe Hindovei Pemagbi said presents "an honest assessment of governance in the justice sector and the broader democratic read more...
Guinea: Rapid Steps Needed to Ensure Credible Elections
03 March 2014, Allafrica.com
US Urges Uganda to Void Anti-Gay Law
25 February 2014, VoA news
The United States is urging Uganda to repeal a law that criminalizes homosexuality with punishments up to life in prison.
South Africa: Voters Urged to Register Before Roll Closes
The White House issued a statement saying Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni "took Uganda a step backward" by signing the law Monday. It said the measure is an affront and a danger to Ugandan gays, read more...
25 February 2014, SAnews.gov.za/Allafrica.com
Eligible voters, who missed the last voter registration weekend for the upcoming May 7 general election, can still do so today at their respective municipal electoral offices before the voters' roll closes at midnight.
Malawi: Government to Release 'Cashgate' Audit Report
On Friday, President Jacob Zuma announced that together with the nine provincial premiers, he would proclaim read more...
24 February 2014, VoA news
Blantyre — A British forensic audit report on Malawi's "Cashgate" scandal has been turned over to the government. The report is expected to detail how more than $250 million of taxpayers' money was looted from government coffers between April and September of last year in what is known as the Cashgate scandal.
APRM for public interest in Constituent Assembly
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18 February 2014, Guardian / IPP Media (Tanzania)
Zimbabwe: Civil Society Call for Commission of Enquiry Into Corporate Corruption
As the Constituent Assembly begins work today, the African Union’s (AU) governance assessment body-the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) has urged the assembly members to prioritise national rather than personal interests.
A statement issued yesterday in Dar es Salaam by APRM Tanzania read more...
17 February 2014, SW Radio Africa (London)/Allafrica.com
Civil society groups this week registered their 'sternest disapproval' of the breakdown of public accountability and called on the government to urgently set up a commission of enquiry into corporate corruption.
Kenya: March 14, 2014 a 'Do or Die' for Kenya's Three TV Broadcasters
The call was made Thursday by 66 civil society groups, through a joint statement. The commission should investigate 'obscene read more...
17 February 2014, CIO East Africa
This past week, 3 appellate judges - Daniel Musinga, David Maraga and Roselyn Nambuye - restrained the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) - from switching off analogue television signals as a result of the appeal case filed by three private media houses - Nation Media Group (NMG), Citizen TV and the Standard Media Group.
Malawi: President Banda Chooses to Lose Elections Over War On Corruption in Malawi
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07 February 2014, All Africa.com/Malawi News Agency
Lilongwe — President Dr. Joyce Banda made a bold statement on Wednesday, saying she would rather lose the elections than put her fellow Malawians in danger.
Agenda 2063: an e-mail from the future- Presentation by Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
Banda said this at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) where she presided over the tenth Anti Corruption Day Commemoration and the commissioning of read more...
05 February 2014, African Union Commission-AUC
Africa: Peer Review Mechanism Gets Back to Business, but Stronger Participation At Heads of State Level Needed
Greetings to the family and friends, and good
04 February 2014, South African Institute for International Affairs
By Steven Gruzd and Yarik Turianskyi
Ambassador Ndagiza chair of APRM Eminent Persons
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 read more...
31 January 2014, IPP Media
Former Rwandan Ambassador to Tanzania, Fatma Ndagiza has been appointed new chair of the Panel of Eminent Persons of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). The panel is the main advisory body to APRM Heads of State and government.
The appointment was announced at the end of the 20th Summit of APRM Heads of State and government held read more...
Dlamini Zuma mum on second term at AU
31 January 2014, IOL News
Addis Ababa - Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has dismissed speculation that she will run for Parliament this year, saying she would finish her term as African Union Commission chairwoman, which ends in 2016.
But she would not say if she intended to run for a second term at the AU.
Dlamini Zuma has been nominated for Parliament on read more...
South Africa: APRM Report Shows SA Has Improved
31 January 2014, SAnews.gov.za/Allafrica.com
The Presidency says the latest South African version of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) report reflects that South Africa has made extensive progress in many aspects, including economic development, governance, social security, health and infrastructure development in the past decade.
Signing up for peer review will test both Obiang and the AU
President Jacob Zuma presented the APRM read more...
31 January 2014, Institute for Security Studies (South Africa)
When Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Mbasogo stepped up to the podium at the African Union (AU) this week to sign up to the AU’s African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), it was not clear whether this was a high point or a low point for the initiative.
Gouvernance: La Guinée Equatoriale devient membre du MAEP
Was it a great triumph for the 11-year-long effort by the APRM to reform read more...
30 January 2014, PANA
Mécanisme africain d’évaluation par les pairs - La Guinée Equatoriale est devenue le 34ème pays membre du Mécanisme africain d’évaluation par les pairs (MAEP) avec la signature du protocole mercredi par le président Théodore Obiang Ngueman Mbasogo.
Le président Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta à la conférence de l’UA à Addis-Abeba: LE NEPAD ET LE MAEP ONT ÉTÉ PASSÉS EN REVUE
'Ainsi la Guinée read more...
30 January 2014, L’Essor / Maliactu
Zambia can learn from others through APRM – Mukata
La journée d’hier a été consacrée aux débats sur la promotion économique et l’amélioration de la gouvernance sur notre continent
Le chef de l’Etat, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, à la tête d’une importante read more...
30 January 2014, Zambia Daily Mail
From JERRY MUNTHALI in Addis Ababa
African Peer Review Mechanism makes progress, but it’s ‘heavy going’
DEPUTY Minister of Justice Keith Mukata says Zambia can draw lessons from countries that have made strides in public finance management and youth empowerment under the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
Mr Mukata told journalists on the sidelines of the 22nd ordinary session read more...
30 January 2014, City Press (South Africa)
Carien du Plessis
Lamamra représente l’Algérie au sommet du MAEP à Addis-Abeba
African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) should become so effective that it becomes Africa’s premier ratings agency.
Dlamini-Zuma was speaking at the opening of a meeting of the eminent persons panel of the APRM yesterday, where Equitorial read more...
29 January 2014, Le Temps d’Algerie
Le ministre des Affaires étrangères, Ramtane Lamamra, représente l’Algérie aux travaux du 20e sommet du Mécanisme africain d’évaluation par les pairs (MAEP), qui ont débuté mercredi à Addis-Abeba.
Sierra Leone: As ACC Recovers Stolen Monies
Cette session, dont les travaux se déroulent à huis clos, devrait enregistrer read more...
17 January 2014, Concord Times
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has recovered billions of Leones from various individuals convicted for misappropriating government and donor funds meant for the socio-economic development of the country.
Africa: UN Official Urges African Countries to 'Stop Turning Blind Eye' to Suspected Human Rights Violators
Commissioner Joseph F. Kamara yesterday presented Le1.3 billion, plus Le50 million to Minister of Finance and Economic read more...
17 January 2014, UN News Service
The United Nations human rights chief today urged African leaders attending a high-level meeting in Angola on the strife-torn Great Lakes Region to ensure that persons suspected of serious human rights violations do not continue to jump borders to escape justice.
Guinea Bissau: Seeking Post-Poll Stability in Guinea-Bissau
The meeting represents "an unprecedented opportunity for member States read more...
16 January 2014, All Africa.com/IRIN
Dakar — Guinea-Bissau will hold elections on 16 March to end yet another post-coup regime, with many hoping the polls will help calm an internecine and drawn-out instability.
NEPAD's goal: From farmers to businessmen
Observers believe that a political coalition and deeper commitment by the international community after the polls can shore up the country's recovery.
08 January 2014, Devex
By Elena L. Pasquini
APRM: Nigeria Ready for Second Peer Review
Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of the New Partnership for Africa's Development Planning and Coordinating Agency and former prime minister of Niger. Mayaki's goal is to turn smallholder farmers into entrepreneurs. Photo by: Paulo Filgueiras / United Nations
Turn smallholders into entrepreneurs.
18 December 2013, This Day (Nigeria)
By Senator Iroegbu and Grace Chimezie
Nigeria: NEPAD not impacting on Nigeria economy — AfriHeritage
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) lead panelist, Ambassador Ashraf Rasheed, has stated that with strong performances in so many indexes under review, Nigeria has shown its readiness for the second peer review.
Rasheed stated this yesterday, when the APRM team paid a courtesy read more...
18 December 2013, Vanguard (Nigeria)
By Franklin Alli
Peer Review in Africa - a Decade of the Ghanaian Experience
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is yet to impact positively on Nigeria’s economy, especially industrial and infrastructure development. This is after 12 years of its existence.
Dr. Ifediora Amobi, the Executive Director of the African Heritage Institution (AfriHeritage), disclosed read more...
16 December 2013, Ghanaian Chronicle
Opinion: Ebo Quansah
APRM wants other countries to copy Mauritian best practices
I have nursed the feeling in the recent past that the African Peer Review Mechanism died with the exit of Mr. John Agyekum Kufuor, from the old Slave Castle in January 2009, and that the former Ghanaian leader was the only President in Africa, to open his government up for review by his peers.
I am pleasantly read more...
13 December 2013, PANA
Corporate and social governance - The Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) has urged other countries to adopt the 'best practices' of Mauritius which have enabled the island nation to make tremendous progress in corporate and social governance as well as in the health and education systems.
AfDB Holds Consultation On New Governance Strategy
Dr. Mustapha Mekideche, the Lead Panel read more...
13 December 2013, African Development Bank
The African Development Bank (AfDB) (http://www.afdb.org) is organizing final technical consultations with representatives from across Africa on its new Governance Strategy for 2014-2018.
NEPAD inefficient in Nigeria —Experts
AfDB’s key stakeholders will discuss on Monday, December 16, 2013 how to further improve this strategy in terms of its strategic orientation and relevance read more...
13 December 2013, Punch (Nigeria)
by Everest Amaefule
Bad governance is Africa’s enemy – Kufuor
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development has not made any appreciable impact in Nigeria, experts in economics and international relations have said.
Some of the experts, who spoke at a strategic policy workshop on the NEPAD in Abuja on Thursday, included former Minister of National Planning, read more...
12 December 2013, Daily Guide / Ghanaweb
FORMER PRESIDENT John Agyekum Kufuor says until bad
governance is uprooted from the continent, its people would continue to live in
despair."Everywhere, people talk about freedom and democracy but
when you look at the situation critically, you find that in most of these
countries, people are not allowed freedom and opportunity to choose read more...
With Sacred Sticks and Leopardskins, Mandela's Adoptive Family Prepares for Funeral
12 December 2013, VoA news
QHEKEWENZI, SOUTH AFRICA — At his burial on Sunday, Nelson Mandela will be mourned as one of the world's greatest statesmen and South Africa's most famous export. But in a remote village near his homeland in the Eastern Cape, he will be grieved as royalty. It's here that Mandela spent 10 years as the adopted son of a king to the Thembu clan, and developed read more...
Liberia: Integrating the African Peer Review Mechanism Objectives Into Our National Development
12 December 2013, FrontPageAfrica (Monrovia)
By P. Emmanuel Munyeneh,
‘How to restore gains of NEPAD’
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) which was established in 2003 is an African Union initiative for promoting good governance within the framework of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). The objectives of the APRM are primarily to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices read more...
12 December 2013, The Guardian (Nigeria)
by Emeka Anuforo,
Good APRM news trumped by bad TI ranking, but WGAD, who gives a damn?
TWELVE years after it was set up as a comprehensive integrated sustainable development initiative for the economic and social revival of Africa, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) has failed to live up to expectations, especially in Nigeria, which was at the forefront of its establishment, stakeholders read more...
07 December 2013, The East African
By Jenerali Ulimwengu
Lack of political will impedes AU charter implementation
If it is true that no news is good news, then it is true that only bad news will qualify as news. Which would mean, as an extension, that scribes and other news merchants in this country will never go to bed hungry, so blessed are they with the negative stuff with which they ply their trade.
As if to read more...
05 December 2013, Daily News (Tanzania)
AFRICAN countries still lack political will to implement the Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG),promulgated by the African Union in 2007.
President Mahama calls for empowerment of Pan African Parliament to enact laws to check capital flight
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03 December 2013, GBC
President John Dramani Mahama has called on African leaders to grant the
Pan African Parliament legislative powers to enact laws for the
continent to tackle issues such as capital flight.
He said smuggling of national resources and capital flight do not affect one country but across the continent.
President Mahama made the call read more...
We must step up war against corruption – Nnamani, Jinadu, Ugbo,
23 November 2013, Vanguard (Nigeria)
By Clifford Ndujihe and Kelechi Azubuke,
The Court organizes a Continental Judicial Dialogue with National Judiciaries in Arusha
Members of the National Steering Committee of the African Peer Review Mechanism led by former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani visited Vanguard Media's head office, Lagos, recently, and interacted with senior editors on the mileage Nigeria has recorded in human index compared to her 36 peers read more...
15 November 2013, African Court on Human and Peoples' rights
The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the
Court) is organizing a Continental Judicial Dialogue with National Judiciaries
from 18 to 20 November 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania. The Dialogue will bring together Members of the
continental institutions of the African human rights system, relevant African
Union Organs, Chief Justices/Presidents of read more...
Nigeria: Don't Collapse Democracy, Jonathan Warns Legislators
12 November 2013, All Africa.com/Vanguard
Abuja — PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan Monday tasked members of the legislative arm of government within the African continent not to do anything that could lead to the collapse of democracy.
African Peer Review: Nigeria Has Made Progress In Electoral Process - Nnamani
President Jonathan who gave the warning in Abuja while declaring open the 1st Africa Legislative Summit 2013 organised by the National assembly read more...
12 November 2013, Channels TV (Nigeria)
Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani has said that Nigeria seems to have made a lot of progress in the area of its electoral process, if past and recent elections held in the country are compared.
Le Maep évalue le Bénin dans sa marche de développement
He said this while appearing as a guest on Channels Television's Business Morning, in his capacity as the Chairman, National Steering Committee read more...
11 November 2013, La Nouvelle Tribune (Benin)
Auteur : Olivier Ribouis
Palais des Congrès, jeudi 07 novembre 2013, les commissaires de la Commission
Nationale de Gouvernance (Cng) du Mécanisme Africain d’Evaluation par les Pairs
(Maep), ont procédé à la validation nationale du Rapport read more...
Une étude sur les agences anti-corruption en Guinée présentée par OSIWA et AFRIMAP
08 November 2013, Aminata
L'Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) et Africa governance monitoring and advocacy project (AFRIMAP) ont présenté le 05 novembre 2013 aux autorités guinéennes les conclusions d’une étude qu’ils viennent de réaliser afin de savoir les causes réelles de l’inefficacité des agences anti-corruption read more...
African peer review recommendations yet to be fully implemented –Prof Asante
05 November 2013, Pluzz FM/Ghanaweb
President of the local chapter of the African Peer Review Mechanism governing council (APRM), Prof S.K.B Asante has disclosed that the Ghanaian government is yet to fully implement the recommendations made by his outfit after thorough studies and research of the governance system.
Guinée : OSIWA et AFRIMAP présentent une étude sur les agences anti-corruption
Prof. S.K.B Asante in an exclusive interview with host read more...
05 November 2013, GUINEENEWS.ORG
Le couple corruption-impunité a été de tous les temps l’un des facteurs majeurs qui compromet sérieusement les efforts de développement et de bonne gouvernance en Guinée. La volonté et la détermination des gouvernements successifs de lutter contre ce fléau, à travers la mise en place d’organes read more...
Le rapport sur les organes de lutte contre la corruption en Guinée publié
05 November 2013, GUINEE7.COM
Le rapport sur les organes de lutte contre la corruption en Guinée a été publiée par AfriMAP (Africa Governance Monotoring and Advocacy Project) et OSIWA (Open Society Initiative For West Africa) dans la matinée du mardi 5 novembre dans un hôtel de la capitale, Conakry.
Pan-African Parliament seeks its role
Il faut tout de suite read more...
04 November 2013, Business Day (South Africa)
by Nicholas Kotch
Sierra Leone: 'FOI Bill Will Reduce Corruption in the Country
LYING unobtrusively next to Gallagher Estate in Midrand, the Pan-African Parliament, whose unfortunate acronym is PAP, is just about showing signs of life during a visit in the middle of its third ordinary session last week.
The car park is three-quarters empty and the machine that makes badges for visitors read more...
01 November 2013, All Africa.com/Concord Times
Executive Director of Society for Democratic Initiatives (SDI), Emmanuel Saffa-Abdulai has told Concord Times in an exclusive interview that the enactment of the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI) would help reduce rampant corruption in the country.
He was speaking at the organisation's offices at Charlotte Street, a day after the read more...