The Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP), is a civil society initiative that aims to promote good governance in Africa. It is a program of the Open Society Foundations. AfriMAP’s vision is of democratic, fair and effective governance in African countries.
AfriMAP’s mission is to influence law, policy, and practice in specific areas for better protection of human rights, improved governance, and strengthened democratic oversight and engagement.
What does AfriMAP do?
AfriMAP conducts systematic assessments of government’s compliance with human rights and good governance standards and commitments, strengthens the capacity of civil society to engage with governments, and achieve substantial improvements in government policy as a result of evidence-based advocacy. We also support civil society groups to engage with the African Union’s (AU) efforts to improve governance.
Our work is carried out through:
• Research, publication and dissemination of evaluative reports on governments’ compliance with good governance standards
• Critical reviews of key governance processes such as the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and making formal submissions making recommendations for improvements
• Analytical and comparative studies in specific areas that call for policy reforms and contribute to new standards setting
How does AfriMAP work?
AfriMAP works in collaboration with national, sub-regional and continental civil society organizations. It works through the four OSF Africa foundations and collaborates with OSF’s AU and International advocacy initiatives. AfriMAP’s strategic priorities and directions are guided by an Advisory Committee comprising African experts on governance. Research tools are developed and continuously refined in consultation with African experts.
What are AfriMAP’s areas of focus?
AfriMAP’s core areas of focus are: Justice and Rule of Law; Democracy and political Participation; and Effective Public Service Delivery focusing on education. A critical focus of AfriMAP’s work is the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) through reviews of implementation of the process, making recommendations on improving methodology, and promoting civil society engagement with the process.
Specific themes that are considered important to governance in Africa have been added. Currently these include: Public Broadcast Media; Citizenship and the Right to Nationality; Elections; and Corruption
Where does AfriMAP work?
AfriMAP works Africa wide. We initially started with a set of five pilot countries (Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal, and South Africa). Other countries have been added and currently we have produced different reports and are carrying out research in 18 countries.