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Burundi: UN Concerned At 'Troubling' Political Developments in Burundi
11 April 2014, UN News Service

The United Nations today called on the Government of Burundi to address ongoing political violence and restrictions on human rights, saying it is receiving "troubling" information about recent developments in the country.
 
"The United Nations ... has been raising concerns both with the Government of Burundi and at read more...

 
Lesotho: IFC-Negotiated Privately Run Hospital Sapping Lesotho Budget
08 April 2014, Inter Press Service

Washington — The world's first hospital to be built and run in a developing country under a public-private partnership is taking up more than half of the health budget in Lesotho, according to new estimates, diverting resources from populations outside of the capital.
 
The unique funding arrangement for the Queen 'Mamohato read more...

 
Uganda: Ending Electoral Corruption
07 April 2014, All Africa.com/The Independent

Why Uganda should move away from a winner-take-all electoral system in favour of proportional representation
 
I argued in last week's column that in Uganda's specific context of mass poverty, electoral competition tends to eliminate public-spirited candidates (or patriots) in favour of crooks. Therefore as our democracy deepens, read more...

 
Africa: Notable Absence of African States On First Anniversary of Arms Trade Treaty
07 April 2014, AllAfrica/MediaGlobal (New York)

On the first anniversary of the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by the United Nations General Assembly, the landmark agreement fell short of its 50 state ratification minimum needed to enter into force.
 
Only two African countries have ratified the treaty.
 
So far, 28 African countries have signed read more...

 
Rwanda: Reconciliation Elusive in Rwanda, 20 Years On From Genocide
07 April 2014, AlertNet

In April, Jean Pierre never switches on his television, afraid of what might happen to his wife, Grace, if she sees the programmes broadcast during Rwanda's annual genocide commemoration week.
 
"I've taken her to hospital twice in April," he said. "She had flashbacks. She was crying and saying that the militias read more...

 
Kenya: Uhuru's ICC Case Collapsing
02 April 2014, All Africa.com/The Star

Nairobi — DETAILED analysis of Monday's ICC ruling indicates that President Uhuru Kenyatta's case is doomed to collapse by October.
 
The 47 page ruling by judges Kuniko Ozaki, Robert Fremr and Geoffrey Henderson left every impression that the case would collapse, even if the Kenya government cooperated and provided Uhuru's read more...

 
Ghana’s president takes over as head of ECOWAS
31 March 2014, Vanguard

YAMOUSSOUKRO – Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama has been elected the new head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at a summit of the 15-nation regional bloc, his Ivorian predecessor announced on Saturday."I am very happy to tell you that yesterday (Friday) my peers… decided to name as head of ECOWAS, my brother and
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Africa: EU Keen to Have Africa at Summit
28 March 2014, All Africa.com/Herald


The European Union yesterday made a plea to African governments not to boycott next week's EU-Africa Summit in Brussels, Belgium.
 
EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Aldo Dell'Ariccia said a lot had been invested in preparing for the Summit of 64 Heads of State and Government.
 
However, Foreign Affairs Minister read more...

 
Kenya's Refugee Relocation Plan Violates High Court Directive, Rights Group Says
28 March 2014, All Africa.com/Sabahi

Kenya's renewed order to force refugees from urban areas to relocate to Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps violates a ruling by Kenya's High Court, which concluded that forceful relocation violates refugees' rights and dignity, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday (March 26th).
 
The High Court rejected a similar move by the read more...

 
Malawi: MEC Faults OMR System On Voters' Roll Irregularities
28 March 2014, All Africa.com/Malawi News Agency

Blantyre — The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it has now started re-working on all voters rolls before another verification exercise starts soon.
 
The Commission started the verification exercise on Monday this week but was later suspended it within the week due to among others what the institution called logistical read more...

 
Rwanda: Donor Dependency Unhealthy, Says Pan-African Parliament
18 March 2014, All Africa.com/The new Times

Members of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), this week debated the budget for 2015, and agreed to develop new methods of funding for the organisation, noting its dependence on donors is unhealthy.
 
This was during a session held in Midrand, South Africa on Tuesday. The PAP had earlier on discussed and adopted the organisation's Strategic read more...

 
Malawi: Will Cashgate Lose President Banda the Election?
14 March 2014, Think Africa Press

With the public getting restless over the protracted Cashgate investigations, the longer the case drags on, the worse it will be for Banda come May.
 
Blantyre: As the countdown to Malawi's 20 May elections picks up speed, the government corruption scandal known as Cashgate continues to dominate headlines and the read more...

 
Africa: Unicef - Justice Still Out of Reach for Millions of Children
14 March 2014, All Africa.com

Geneva — Millions of children across the globe have their rights violated, but only a few are able to seek recourse to improve their situation in a timely, fair and effective way, UNICEF said today.
 
Violations include children being denied their right to quality health care and education and their right to protection read more...

 
APRM commends Tanzania's President's Delivery Bureau
12 March 2014, The Guardian / IPP Media (Tanzania)

By The guardian reporter

The African Union governance assessment body-the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Tanzania chapter has commended the government of Tanzania for establishing the President's Delivery Bureau (PDB) which will implement highly prioritized projects.
 
The statement was issued over the weekend read more...

 
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

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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.
 
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...

 
South Africa: Voters Urged to Register Before Roll Closes
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.
 
On Friday, President Jacob Zuma announced that together with the nine provincial premiers, he would proclaim read more...

 
Malawi: Government to Release 'Cashgate' Audit Report
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.
 
The read more...

 
APRM for public interest in Constituent Assembly
18 February 2014, Guardian / IPP Media (Tanzania)

By Correspondent

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...

 
Zimbabwe: Civil Society Call for Commission of Enquiry Into Corporate Corruption
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.
 
The call was made Thursday by 66 civil society groups, through a joint statement. The commission should investigate 'obscene read more...

 
Kenya: March 14, 2014 a 'Do or Die' for Kenya's Three TV Broadcasters
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.
 
Both read more...

 
Malawi: President Banda Chooses to Lose Elections Over War On Corruption in Malawi
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.
 
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...

 
Agenda 2063: an e-mail from the future- Presentation by Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
05 February 2014, African Union Commission-AUC


Date: 24 January 2063
 To: Kwame@iamafrican.com
 From: Nkosazana@cas.gov
 Subject: African Unity
 
My dear friend Kwame,

 Greetings to the family and friends, and good
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Africa: Peer Review Mechanism Gets Back to Business, but Stronger Participation At Heads of State Level Needed
04 February 2014, South African Institute for International Affairs

By Steven Gruzd and Yarik Turianskyi

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...

 
Ambassador Ndagiza chair of APRM Eminent Persons
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.
 
President Jacob Zuma presented the APRM read more...

 
Signing up for peer review will test both Obiang and the AU
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.

Was it a great triumph for the 11-year-long effort by the APRM to reform read more...

 
Gouvernance: La Guinée Equatoriale devient membre du MAEP
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.  
 
'Ainsi la Guinée read more...

 
Le président Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta à la conférence de l’UA à Addis-Abeba: LE NEPAD ET LE MAEP ONT ÉTÉ PASSÉS EN REVUE
30 January 2014, L’Essor / Maliactu

Envoyé spécial
M. KEITA
 
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...

 
Zambia can learn from others through APRM – Mukata
30 January 2014, Zambia Daily Mail

From JERRY MUNTHALI in Addis Ababa
 
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...

 
African Peer Review Mechanism makes progress, but it’s ‘heavy going’
30 January 2014, City Press (South Africa)

Carien du Plessis

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...

 
Lamamra représente l’Algérie au sommet du MAEP à Addis-Abeba
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.
 
Cette session, dont les travaux se déroulent à huis clos, devrait enregistrer read more...

 
Sierra Leone: As ACC Recovers Stolen Monies
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.
 
Commissioner Joseph F. Kamara yesterday presented Le1.3 billion, plus Le50 million to Minister of Finance and Economic read more...

 
Africa: UN Official Urges African Countries to 'Stop Turning Blind Eye' to Suspected Human Rights Violators
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.
 
The meeting represents "an unprecedented opportunity for member States read more...

 
Guinea Bissau: Seeking Post-Poll Stability in Guinea-Bissau
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.
 
Observers believe that a political coalition and deeper commitment by the international community after the polls can shore up the country's recovery.
 
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NEPAD's goal: From farmers to businessmen
08 January 2014, Devex

By Elena L. Pasquini

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.

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APRM: Nigeria Ready for Second Peer Review
18 December 2013, This Day (Nigeria)

By Senator Iroegbu and Grace Chimezie
 
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...

 
Nigeria: NEPAD not impacting on Nigeria economy — AfriHeritage
18 December 2013, Vanguard (Nigeria)

By Franklin Alli

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...

 
Peer Review in Africa - a Decade of the Ghanaian Experience
16 December 2013, Ghanaian Chronicle

Opinion: Ebo Quansah

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...

 
APRM wants other countries to copy Mauritian best practices
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.  

Dr. Mustapha Mekideche, the Lead Panel read more...

 
AfDB Holds Consultation On New Governance Strategy
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.

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...

 
NEPAD inefficient in Nigeria —Experts
13 December 2013, Punch (Nigeria)

by Everest Amaefule

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...

 
Bad governance is Africa’s enemy – Kufuor
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,

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...

 
‘How to restore gains of NEPAD’
12 December 2013, The Guardian (Nigeria)

by Emeka Anuforo,

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...

 

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