| East Africa: EAC Delegates Say Corruption Impeding Regional Integration
09 July 2013, The New Times (Rwanda)
By Eric Kabeera & Sarah Kwihangana,
APRM: People's views should prevail in new constitution
EAC Partner states must adopt a comprehensive mechanism to uproot corruption in the region if the integration process is to be fully undertaken, participants at the East African Community conference on good governance have said.
The two-day conference that is underway in Kigali has read more...
08 July 2013, IPPMedia / The Guardian (Tanzania)
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), Tanzania chapter has said people’s views should prevail in the final document of the Constitution.
APRM said it was reviewing the document to see whether there were issues that needed to be enhanced so that the country finally gets a final document that would lead Tanzania into a more prosperous read more...
East Africa: Kigali Hosts EAC Good Governance Conference
08 July 2013, New Vision (Uganda)
The fourth edition of the East African Community (EAC) annual conference on Good Governance opened Monday in Rwandan capital, Kigali.
When is a Coup not a Coup
The two-day conference is run under the theme: "Sustaining the Fight against Corruption to promote Regional Integration".
"The Conference will focus on corruption as an impediment to the regional read more...
05 July 2013, AfriMAP
By Ozias Tungwarara, 05/07/2013
After months of protests against the government of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, on Wednesday, July 3, the Egyptian military announced that he had been removed from office. Twenty million protestors had poured into Cairo’s Tahrir Square demanding that he resigns. He refused to budge and read more...
One word can help to end the attacks on foreigners
By Jeggan Grey-Johnson
05 July 2013, Business Day Live
IT SEEMS that it is government policy to steer clear, at all costs, from calling the attacks on foreign nationals, by their proper name: xenophobic. This attitude is nothing new, and has been the unstated policy of the African National Congress (ANC) since 2008, when riots left 62 people dead; although 21 of those killed were South Africans.
South read more...
African Union Hosts Public Dialogue on African Shared Values Critical to Africa’s Renaissance
04 July 2013, African Union
04 July 2013, Addis Ababa – Speaking during a public
dialogue with representatives of civil society and donor communities,
university students, workers’ associations, the diplomatic community, Addis
Ababa residents, and other Ethiopian citizens, Mr. Olabisi Dare on behalf of.
Dr. Aisha Abdullahi, AUC’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, called for read more...
Tanzania: U.S - China Competition Plays Out in Tanzania
02 July 2013, VoA news
U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Tanzania as the last stop of his African tour, underscores a silent competition with China to tap the country's growing economic potential.
Liberia: Lacc Boss - Liberia Lost Opportunity to Fight Corruption
It's always a hard day's work at the Kivukoni fish market in Dar es Salaam. This place was once the center of business and trade in the city by the sea. read more...
02 July 2013, Heritage/AllAfrica.com
The Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. Frances Johnson-Alison, has disclosed that the rejection of a bill seeking to grant the LACC direct prosecutorial powers by the 53rd Liberian Legislature is a lost opportunity to the fight against corruption.
Africa: Democracy, Transparency Are Not 'Western Exports' - Obama
In order to overcome new challenges in the read more...
02 July 2013, All Africa.com
Stateless Zimbabwe residents gain citizenship
An excerpt from President Obama's speech at the University of Cape Town:
[H]istory tells us that true progress is only possible where governments exist to serve their people, and not the other way around.
If anyone wants to read more...
26 June 2013, IRIN
HARARE, 21 June 2013 (IRIN) - Standing in a winding queue in downtown Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, Judith Kapito, 38, cannot hide her excitement: she is waiting to receive a new identity document, one that will offer her rights and opportunities she has long been deprived of.
Kapito was born to Malawian parents who migrated read more...
Kenya Government Says Teachers' Strike Illegal
26 June 2013, VoA news
Kenya’s government has called for dialogue with the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) after saying the group’s ongoing strike is illegal.
African Peer Review Mechanism contribution to Africa applauded
The teachers' strike has disrupted classes in public primary and secondary schools across the country.
Labor Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi dismissed KNUT’s demands read more...
26 June 2013, SpyGhana.com
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) has been praised for its contribution to sustainable growth and development in the continent and has been described as a homegrown governance mechanism that has consolidated Africa’s ownership of its development agenda.
Sudan: UN Human Rights Council Member States Accuse South Sudan of Violations
In a press release issued June 23, 2013, Mr. Carlos Lopes, Executive read more...
24 June 2013, All Africa.com/Sudan Tribune
Juba — South Sudan is under fire from powerful member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which accused the new country of serious violations of human rights.
Africa finally gets its turn with Obama visit
The acting spokesman of the government and telecommunications minister, Madut Biar Yel, on Friday told the press that the recent conference on human read more...
24 June 2013, Daily Nation
Barack Obama will visit Africa living a paradox: its blood runs in his veins, yet he has given the continent only passing notice as US president, while rivals like China eye the prize. Read (As Obama heads to Africa, Kenya eyes ICC trial impact)
In Africa, as elsewhere, Obama's election in 2008 sparked great read more...
Electoral commissions are meeting to curb electoral violence in West Africa
17 June 2013, OSIWA
Presidents of electoral commissions in West Africa and international experts are taking part in a regional workshop on the prevention of electoral violence from 18 to 20 June, 2013 in Cotonou, Benin.
Nigeria APRM: Nnamani Chairs 20-man Nigeria's Second Peer Review C'ttee
Despite the significant progress made in the organization of peaceful and credible elections in West Africa, elections still remain periods read more...
15 June 2013, This Day (Nigeria)
By Senator Iroegbu and Dele Ogbodo
APRM: Nnamani Chairs 20-man Nigeria's Second Peer Review C'ttee
The former Senate President, Ken Nnamani has been appointed Chairman of the National Steering Committee on Nigeria Second Peer Review, with a charge to appraise the level of progress made by Nigeria in addressing any observed gaps in the four thematic areas of the African Pear Review Mechanism (APRM).
15 June 2013, This Day (Nigeria)
Senator Iroegbu and Dele Ogbodo
The former Senate
President, Ken Nnamani has been appointed Chairman of the National Steering
Committee on Nigeria Second Peer Review, with a charge to appraise the level of
progress made by Nigeria in addressing any observed gaps in the four thematic
areas of the African Pear Review read more...
South Africa: Naming and Shaming Swings Into Action
11 June 2013, All Africa.com
There can be no objection in principle to the Justice Minister's naming and shaming initiative, since all convictions occur in open court. Also, shame is in short supply in South Africa, where anything apparently goes - and we need the restoration of a clear moral compass. We hope that this public shaming will be extended to members of the executive read more...
Swaziland: Voices Silenced and Solidarity Stifled
11 June 2013, Gender Links
Kenyan Victims Withdraw From ICC Proceedings
Siphofaneni — Members of the Swaziland Rural Women's Assembly (SRWA) along with gender activists in Swaziland and beyond are still reeling in shock after the Royal Swaziland Police Service (RSPS) effectively silenced activists and shut down a peaceful women’s solidarity march that the SRWA organised on 29 May.
SRWA read more...
11 June 2013, Institute for War & Peace Reporting
Mali's Rush to the Ballot Box
Development is a further setback to the court's work in Kenya, but does not halt legal process.
Three months before Kenya's deputy president is due to go on trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, 93 victims of violence that followed a disputed election in late 2007 have pulled out of the proceedings.read more...
Zimbabwe: MDC Questions Validity of Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court
06 June 2013, All Africa.com/SW Radio
The MDC led by Professor Welshman Ncube has questioned the validity of the newly formed Constitutional Court saying the nine member judges who passed a ruling in the court last Friday ordering the running of elections by July 31st, has not been constituted yet.
MDC Secretary General Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga added more
06 June 2013, All Africa.com
With a state of emergency about to be lifted, campaigning for Mali's elections on July 28 is poised to begin in earnest. Many potential voters are skeptical, but their country is poor and faces pressure from abroad.
Bensouda to Engage Kenya Over Hague Cases
Rokia Diarra Karambe is a women's rights activist and President of the Federation of Mali's Migrant Associations. Whenever read more...
03 June 2013, All Africa.com/Capital FM
Nairobi — The International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says the court is ready to engage in any legal debate with the government of Kenya over deferral of the cases facing President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.
No room for coups in Africa
The Office of the Prosecutor said in response to queries by Capital FM News that the Kenyan read more...
31 May 2013, SANews
Pretoria – The current trend in the continent of gaining political power unconstitutionally has to be halted, says International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
Législatives du 30 juin : le président Alpha Condé fixe la date de la campagne électorale
"Elections should not be a source of dispute and political instability, but a democratic path through which the people decide peacefully on who should govern them as read more...
30 May 2013, Guineenews
Comme nous l’annoncions dans l’une de nos précédentes dépêches, le président Alpha Condé vient de fixer la date du début de la campagne des élections législatives. Le décret a été lu sur les ondes des médias d’État ce soir. Un décret dont voici la teneur read more...
Africans Returning Home in Large Numbers
30 May 2013, VoA news
Many Africans are leaving the United States and other Western countries and returning to their respective countries.read more...
MID-TERM REPORT: HOW TO ASSESS MY GOVT, BY JONATHAN
Jacob Sax Conteh is editor of Cocorioko, a Sierra Leone online magazine, which recently carried an article about the topic.
He said economic decline and disappearing jobs in the West,
30 May 2013, The Tribune (Nigeria)
Written by Leon Usigbe and Dapo Falade -Abuja
Sirleaf elected chair of the African Peer Review Mechanism
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday, presented the performance report of his administration in its first two years in office, with a call on his critics to develop objective assessment criteria rather than rate his government’s performance from their "heartbeats.”
Addressing read more...
29 May 2013, Africa Review
By TERRENCE SESAY in Monrovia
African Peer Review Mechanism: Key to enhancing good governance
Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been elected chairperson of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
She was elected by 30 African leaders whose countries have acceded to be part of the APRM.
APRM allows participating countries to peer review each other on governance read more...
29 May 2013, Daily Mail (Zambia)
By PETER KAYULA
African Peer Review Mechanism Elects Pres Sirleaf
Enhancing the quality of governance in Africa still remains one of the serious challenges facing most African countries.
However, it has been observed that whereas some countries are generally moving in the right direction in terms of effecting and monitoring governance programmes, the pace of progress read more...
28 May 2013, The Analyst (Liberia)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been elected Chairperson of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) by her colleagues who have acceded to the APRM during a meeting on the fringes of the African Union Summit.
Communique de Presse du Gouvernement
According to a Dispatch from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Liberian President was elected by consensus with popular support from read more...
27 May 2013, Guineennews.org
Le Gouvernement constate avec regret que depuis
le read more...
La présidente libérienne Ellen Johnson Sirleaf élue présidente du MAEP
27 May 2013, PanaPress
African Peer Review Mechanism: Liberia’s president elected APRM chief
La présidente du Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a été élue à la tête du
Mécanisme d’évaluation par les pairs (MAEP) par ses homologues du continent
réunis à Addis-Abeba pour le 21ème Sommet de l’Union africaine (UA), a appris read more...
Lesotho Must Increase Citizen Participation
27 May 2013, OSISA
By Richard Lee,
Despite widely praised elections in 2012, the Lesotho parliament must repeal laws that restrict citizens' participation in political processes and pass new legislation to consolidate the country's impressive democratic credentials, said a new report issued today by the Africa Governance Monitoring
27 May 2013, PANA
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Liberia’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was Monday elected head of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as the 21st African Union (AU) summit wound up, PANA reported from here.
Rapport sur les droits de l’Homme : Mimi Touré relève l’amnésie d’Amnesty
Her election followed the withdrawal of her Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall, who, however, will continue read more...
26 May 2013, LeQuotidien
Le rapport de Amnesty
Zimbabwe: June Election 'Unlawful' in Terms of New Constitution
international qui épingle les «violations» de droits humains par le régime de
Macky Sall, est de mauvais goût pour le Garde des Sceaux. Aminata Touré parle
de «commentaires politiques maquillés». Sur le coup de Oumar Sarr, qui est
sortie du territoire read more...
24 May 2013, All Africa.com/SW Radio
The new Constitution that was formally gazetted by Robert Mugabe on Wednesday makes his desired June election date technically unlawful, with months worth of preparations constitutionally required.
Kenya: Kiplagat Doubts TJRC Report Will Pass Test of Time
Mugabe and his ZANU PF party have been pushing for elections to be held as soon as the current Parliamentary term comes to an end on read more...
24 May 2013, Capital FM/Allafrica.com
Nairobi — The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) report that was unveiled some 48 hours ago has already started taking the heat with the commission's own chairperson Bethuel Kiplagat expressing fears that it might be rejected.
Africa: AUC Says African Agenda for 2063 Has to Be People Driven
Kiplagat, who spoke to journalists on Thursday barely hours after he handed over the report read more...
24 May 2013, ERT
The African Union Commission said on Thursday "African Vision 2063" has to be owned by the peoples of Africa at all of its stages.
African leaders challenged to recognise diaspora rights
In a press briefing at the AU headquarters, Deputy Chairperson of the Commission, Erastus Mwencha said, "we have all agreed that the exercise of preparing agenda for 2063 must be consultative read more...
24 May 2013, IPPMedia / The Guardian (Tanzania)
African Unity After 50 Years of OAU/AU - a Dream Deferred?
African leaders have been challenged to not only tap the economic potential of the diaspora but also to ensure that they exercise their political rights in their respective countries during elections.
The call was made by governance stakeholders during the meetings to reflect on the 10 years anniversary read more...
24 May 2013, African Arguments
By Solomon A. Dersso,
Nyerere remembered as pioneer of democracy in Africa
As the AU is marking the 50th anniversary of the OAU
under the theme 'Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance', it is
necessary to subject the 50 years journey of the OAU/AU with respect to
the question of unity to critical scrutiny.
To this end, it read more...
23 May 2013, IPPMedia / The Guardian (Tanzania)
By Hassan Abbas
Reflets du XXIe siècle: Mécanisme africain d’évaluation par les pairs (MAEP) – Pratiques exemplaires et enseignements tirés
The Father of the Nation, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, has ones again received resounding acclamation for his role in establishing good governance and democracy not only in Tanzania but also across the continent.
The commendations were aired during the opening of a two-day round table discussion to reflect on read more...
22 May 2013, CEA
ADDIS ABEBA, Ethiopie, 22 mai 2013 – Une étude récemment publiée par la Commission économique pour l’Afrique (CEA) tente de répondre à des questions déterminantes sur la pertinence du Mécanisme africain d’évaluation les pairs (MAEP), en marge des célébrations qui se déroulent read more...
Zambia conducive for foreign investment - Mansa DC
22 May 2013, The Post (Zambia)
By Prince Chibawah in Mansa
Atelier : La Justice guinéenne à la…barre !
MANSA district commissioner Miriam Kauseni says the government is determined to demonstrate that Zambia is a conducive place for foreign investments owing to its commitment to good governance.
During the official opening of a consultative workshop on the African Peer Review Mechanism, Kauseni read more...
21 May 2013, Guinee7
Ce mardi 21 mai, le Bureau d’OSIWA (Open
Society for West Africa), Guinée en partenariat avec Africa Governance
Monotoring and Advocacy Poject (AFRIMAP) a organisé un read more...
At its 10th anniversary, APRM praised for raising the bar on accountability
21 May 2013, UNECA
Addis Ababa, 21 May 2013 (ECA) - Ten years after its establishment, the Africa Peer Review Mechanism, has received acclaim for its contribution to sustainable growth and development in the continent. In remarks made at the opening of the APRM’s 10th anniversary Colloquium, Mr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa read more...
“Use the APRM to improve the lives of Africans”- civil society urges leaders
20 May 2013, AfriMAP/EISA/SAIIA
Addis Ababa May 16, 2013 - As the leaders of the African Union gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to celebrate the continental organisation’s 50th anniversary, more than 46 civil society organisations deliberated on the present state of governance in Africa, by placing the continent’s premier governance mechanism, the APRM, under the microscope. read more...
African Peer Review Mechanism comes under civil society scrutiny
20 May 2013, PanaPress
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) has yet to deliver on the lofty promises of good governance, deepened democracy and the advancement of human rights in the continent, according to civil society organisations meeting here ahead of the African Union (AU) summit next week.
Capturing the 21St Century: African Peer Review (APRM) Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Concurring that the APRM is the best instrument Africa has read more...
20 May 2013, UNECA
Addis Ababa, 20 May 2013 (ECA) - A newly published study by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) seeks to respond to key questions about the relevance of the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), on the margins of the ongoing celebrations to commemorate 50 years of the Organization for African Unity (OAU), which is now the African Union. The book’s read more...
APRM to build momentum despite lengthy processes
20 May 2013, Ghana Business News
NAPRM_GC The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) held a two-day forum in the historic Africa Hall at the Economic Commission for Africa from May 17-18 2013.
APRM holds Inaugural Governance Forum
The forum was to discuss key issues around the APRM’s future and what it would have achieved 10 years down the line.
In a press release issued May 19, 2013, it said, read more...
19 May 2013, Sierra Express Media
The Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), which is an instrument voluntarily acceded to by member states for self-evaluation to monitor compliance to the NEPAD Declaration on Democracy, Political, Economic and Cooperate Governance on 15th May 2013 organized a one day dialogue Governance Forum for the private and public sectors, government and non-State read more...