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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.

Concurring that the APRM is the best instrument Africa has read more...

Capturing the 21St Century: African Peer Review (APRM) Best Practices and Lessons Learned
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.

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...

APRM holds Inaugural Governance Forum
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...

NEPAD Seeks Accelerated Economic Integration In Africa
19 May 2013, Leadership (Nigeria)

By: Bidon Mibzar

The New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD) has called for accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration to promote sustainable development in Africa.

The objective topped the agenda in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) held by the group to promote, monitor and coordinate the read more...

Nigeria: NGF to Hold Governance Share Fair for South West States
18 May 2013, All

Abuja — The Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF) has concluded plans to hold its second Governance Share Fair for South West states.
The fair is being organised by the NGF in collaboration with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC), a competent read more...

Take part in governance, JCTR urges Zambians
18 May 2013, The Times of Zambia


THE Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) has urged Zambians to understand the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) for them to actively participate in the country’s governance system.

JCTR faith and justice programme officer Kizito Chalwe said in Ndola yesterday that the APRM read more...

APRM takes stock of engagement with civil society
17 May 2013, UNECA

Addis Ababa, 17 May 2013 (ECA) - A decade after it was established, the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) engaged civil society representatives in a two colloquium on the theme: Reviewing a decade of peer learning and projecting a future of governance in Africa.


FG Expresses Commitment To NEPAD Over Peer Review Mechanism
16 May 2013, Leadership (Nigeria)

The Federal Government on Thursday assured the New Partnership for Africa`s Development (NEPAD) of its support on the second African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), gave the assurance at a meeting of the National Governing Council of NEPAD in Abuja.


Karamoh Kabba raps on youth unemployment and job creation
16 May 2013, Cocorioko (Sierra Leone)

Sierra Leone’s accession to the APRM process in 2004 was necessitated by the firm conviction that it will highlight both our problems and prospects in governance. The APRM Country Review Report which was produced at the end of the country review process in January 2012 indeed presented the country’s performance in governance both in terms of our strengths


In Sierra Leone, Karamoh Kabba Speaks on Youth Unemployment
16 May 2013, Awareness Times (Sierra Leone)

Honourable Karamoh Kabba, Deputy Minister of Political & Public Affairs has said that His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma places great importance on the question of youth welfare in the country. Hon Karamoh Kabba was speaking at the African Peer Review Mechanism’s (APRM) inaugural governance forum on Youth Unemployment & Job Creation


Africa: Governance Gets New Emphasis At Economic Forum
16 May 2013,

By Mantsadi Sepheka,

Cape Town — The call for transparency and good governance across Africa is not a new one, but it assumed a new prominence at this month's World Economic Forum (WEA) regional meeting for Africa. In session after session, and in conversations outside formal presentations, attendees tied Africa's economic performance read more...

Ghana President seeks transformation of Pan African Parliament
09 May 2013, The Africa Report

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama has advocated for the transformation of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) from that of a deliberative one to a legislative one, with legislators being elected to the body.
"The African Union must hasten its evolution into a union of people, and not merely a union of governments,"

Pan-African Parliament 2nd Ordinary Session Kicks Off
09 May 2013, All Press

Midrand — The opening acto f the second Ordinary Session of the Pan-African Parliament Third Legislature started with the welcoming remarks by chairperson of the organisation, Bethel N. Amdi.

During his speech, the head of Pan-African Parliament saluted and thanked all MPs and entities invited to attend the opening ceremony.

During

Pan-African Parliament committed to promote high standards of governance
09 May 2013, Xinhua

Opportunities exist to disseminate information on the APRM in African countries to allow Africans to gain bigger control
JOHANNESBURG (Xinhua) -- The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) on Wednesday voiced commitment to a partnership with the Panel of Eminent Persons of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), which read more...

SABC: African Peer Review Mechanism to reach decade milestone
09 May 2013, SABC

Lehana Tsotetsi

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. It serves as an instrument for monitoring performance in governance in African countries. The celebration is likely to focus on increasing the awareness on the importance of its work. This, among African citizens and the international read more...

Peer review mechanism an evidence of African institutions commitment - speaker
06 May 2013, ANGOP

Midrand - The National Assembly Speaker Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos Monday considered the "Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)" and "State of the African Union" an evidence of joint performance by the African Institutions.

The Angolan Parliament speaker stressed the importance of the topic during the opening of the second ordinary session read more...

Pan African Parliament to play a greater Legislative function
06 May 2013, Pan African Parliament

Johannesburg, 6 May, 2013: The Pan African Parliament has been invited to increase its critical leadership role and exercise greater legislative and oversight functions. AU Commission Chairperson, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, and President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. John Dramani Mahama both trumpeted the call as they addressed the opening of read more...

Liberia: LACC Boss Attends International Technical Experts Workshop On Corruption
05 May 2013, FrontPageAfrica (Monrovia)

The Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. Frances Johnson Allison recently returned home from Gaborone, Botswana, where she attended two Technical Experts Workshops to review "A draft model Anti-Corruption Legislation for Africa" and the "Findings on Corruption from the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Country read more...

Liberia's FOI Law Faces First Legal Test - As CEMESP Takes LACC to Court
02 May 2013, All page Africa

Monrovia- The Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP) has filed a writ of Mandamus with the Supreme Court to compel the Independent Information Commission to conduct a hearing on its complaint against the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC) for denying the release of asset declaration information.
CEMESP in November

South Africa's flawed asylum system
02 May 2013, IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 30 April 2013 (IRIN) - South Africa attracts the largest number of asylum seekers in the world, but grants refugee status to very few of them, ranking only thirty-sixth in the world for the size of its refugee population, which the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) puts at about 58,000.
The Department of Home Affairs,

SAIIA Governance Perspectives Update, APRIL 2013
29 April 2013, South African Institute of International Affairs

Governance Perspectives is a bi-monthly newsletter on the APRM, governance, democracy and accountability in Africa. Roseline Achieng, Head of SAIIA's Governance read more...

Katontoka calls for collaboration on APRM
28 April 2013, The Post (Zambia)

By Edwin Phiri in Luwingu

LUWINGU district commissioner Mambwe Katontoka says President Michael Sata has shown the world and Africa in particular that his government is committed to good governance.

During the official opening of a one-day African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) consultative and sensitisation workshop in Luwingu read more...

Nigeria: As the Rat Pursues the Cat
25 April 2013, All

TODAY, we are starting with a simple aptitude test in which the examiner expects us to be honest to ourselves: (a) We are fighting corruption (b) Corruption is consuming us (c) None of the above.
The correct answer is (b) - Corruption is consuming our nation. With each passing day, we are sinking deeper into the abyss. Why are these read more...

East Africa: U.S. Criticises Human Rights Record in East Africa
25 April 2013, All Tribune

Addis Ababa — The US government has criticised countries in the East African region for their continued human rights violations and political oppression in its annual report on human rights practices around the world.
The US state department's 2012 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices accuses Ethiopia of continuing to severely read more...

Rwanda: EALA Approves One Stop Border Posts Bill
25 April 2013, All New Times

The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), which is sitting in Kigali, on Tuesday, passed the long-awaited One Stop Border Posts Bill, 2012, paving way for it to become a regional law if assented to by the EAC Heads of State.
The Bill will provide the framework for establishing One Stop Border Posts (OSBPs) in the five-member read more...

Mécanisme africain d’évaluation par les pairs (Maep) : Pourquoi ça ne marche toujours pas ?
24 April 2013,

Il a été Initié en 2002 par des concepteurs qui le percevaient à l’époque comme un outil d’aide en matière de bonne gouvernance en Afrique. Plus d’une décennie après, le ‘’Maep’’ demeure toujours un vaste chantier.

Essai d’explication
Mécanisme africain d’évaluation

APRM National Action Plan Launched
18 April 2013, Sierra Express Media

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), in collaboration with the National Governing Council (NDC) and the Ministry of Political and Public Affairs (MPPA), on Tuesday 16th April 2013 officially launched the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) National Program of Action at the British Council Auditorium Hall, Tower Hill, and Freetown.

In

In Sierra Leone, President Koroma Launches APRM Country Review Report, National Program of Action
17 April 2013, Awareness Times

His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has on Tuesday 16th April 2013 launched the Sierra Leone African Peer Review Mechanism Country Review Report and the National Program of Action at the British Council Auditorium in Freetown.

Officially launching the Report, President Koroma said APRM is one of the flagship good governance read more...

Nigeria Bans Film On Oil Corruption, Warns Director
17 April 2013, Committee to Protect Journalists

Lagos — The Committee to Project Journalists condemns a recent decision by the Nigerian government to ban the exhibition and distribution of a documentary film on corruption in the state's management of oil wealth, "Fuelling Poverty."
In an April 8 ruling reviewed by CPJ, the federal government-run National Film and Video read more...

Keynote address by President Ernest Bai Koroma at Peer Review Mechanism Meeting
17 April 2013, Sierra Leone Government

It is an honor for me to be with you today. The African Peer Review Mechanism is one of the flagship good governance programs that my Government is implementing, principally because of the opportunities it provides for the continued transformation of Sierra Leone.In September 2008, I launched the implementation of the APRM process in Sierra Leone and read more...

Macky SALL à la réunion des fondations OPEN SOCIETY : « Il faut accorder une attention aux pays africains qui changent dans le bon sens »
16 April 2013, Le Soleil

L'Afrique a ses atouts et ses faiblesses et le président de la République, Macky Sall, a souligné ces différentes caractéristiques lors de la réunion du conseil d'administration des fondations Open society (Osf), du 15 au 17 avril 2013. Il a également demandé aux donateurs read more...

Bill on term limits goes to Ugandan parliament
15 April 2013, Africa Review/Daily Nation

Ugandan political activists and some members of parliament have kicked off a campaign they hope will lead to an amendment of the Constitution to restore presidential term limits.

Just last week, as Kenya was swearing in Uhuru Kenyatta, its fourth president since Independence, the Kampala-based Centre for Constitutional Governance (CCG) read more...

Mozambique: Uneven playing fields fosters violence
15 April 2013, AfriMAP

By Ozias Tungwarara
The recent outbreak of violence in Mozambique, widely suspected to be the work of RENAMO, is deeply worrying not only for Mozambique but the whole sub-region. Already calls are being made for SADC and AU to engage with the deteriorating situation after four policemen and three civilians

Interview with Senator Ajibola on NEPAD bill
14 April 2013, Tribune (Nigeria)

Senator Simeon Ajibola, who represents Kwara South Senatorial District, speaks with DAPO FALADE on the passage of his bill for "An Act to provide for the Establishment of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) Commission and Other Related Matters” and other legislative functions. Excerpts:

YOUR

Africa: EU Agrees Landmark Anti-Corruption Law for Global Resource Companies
11 April 2013, All Witness (London)

The EU has today agreed ground-breaking new rules forcing oil, gas, mining and logging companies to publish details of the payments they make to governments for access to natural resources around the world. By providing millions of citizens in resource-rich countries with detailed information about the money generated by their natural resource sectors, read more...

MAEP : Une cure d’austérité pour un nouveau départ
11 April 2013, Mali Actualités

La petite ville de Sandtown à Johannesburg en Afrique du Sud a abrité en fin du mars 2013, la réunion des points focaux du Mécanisme africain d’évaluation par les pairs (MAEP). Plusieurs ministres, dont le nôtre Me Demba Traoré en charge des Maliens de l’extérieur et de l’Intégration africaine, ont pris read more...

Gbagbo Party Vows to Boycott Local Ivory Coast Polls
09 April 2013, VoA news

ABIDJAN — Campaigning is underway in Ivory Coast for municipal and regional elections, although the opposition party of former president Laurent Gbagbo has vowed to boycott.  The country’s U.N. peacekeeping mission is warning against intimidation and threats of violence surrounding the April 21 vote. 
The election later

Rwanda’s Genocide Not Forgotten
09 April 2013, VoA news

This past weekend marked the 19th anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.  On April 6th, Hutu extremists began a killing spree that started with political opponents of the government.  Over the next several days and weeks, the world stood by as the campaign spread to include door to door slaughtering of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in the read more...

Politique/Bonne gouvernance : Ouverture ce lundi à Lomé, d’un Projet de renforcement du processus du MAEP
09 April 2013, Toute l'actualité du Togo

Un atelier visant à lancer le Projet « Renforcement du processus du Mécanisme Africain d’Evaluation par les Pairs (MAEP) », a été ouvert ce lundi à Lomé par le Premier ministre togolais Kwesi Séléagodji Ahoomey-Zunu, a constaté un journaliste de l’Agence Savoir News.


Time for Solidarity in Europe
08 April 2013, Open Society Foundations

Europe must reclaim its vision of a community based on solidarity.

We believe that to emerge from this crisis, Europe must reclaim its vision of a community based on solidarity.
Solidarity Now supports civil society groups working in Greece and is setting up Solidarity Centres—a place for everyone in Greece

Togo: Audit de la bonne gouvernance
08 April 2013, Republique du Togo

Le Mécanisme africain d'évaluation par les pairs (MAEP), mis en place il y a 10 ans, est un Programme adopté volontairement par les Etats membres de l'Union africaine (UA) en vue de promouvoir et de renforcer des normes élevées de gouvernance. L’évaluation par les pairs  est un mécanisme  d'auto-évaluation. read more...

The AU launches year long OAU/AU 50th anniversary celebrations
08 April 2013, AU Commission

Addis Ababa, 8 April 2012 – Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission and Dr Teodros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia launched today, 8 April 2013 in Addis Ababa, the celebrations marking the Golden Jubilee of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). They jointly lit read more...

Le projet « renforcement du processus du Mécanisme Africain d’Evaluation par les Pairs (MAEP) , officiellement lancé
08 April 2013, Radio Lome

Togo - Le projet « renforcement du processus du Mécanisme Africain d’Evaluation par les Pairs (MAEP) dans 5 pays ouest africains », à savoir le Bénin, le Burkina-Faso, le Ghana, le Mali et le Togo est officiellement lancé le lundi 08 Avril 2013 à Lomé.


Govt Blocks Bishop Zac From Travelling
05 April 2013, The Observer (Kampala)

Retired Kampala assistant bishop Zac Niringiye has been attacked by government—and hailed by civil society for his political stances on bad governance and restoration of presidential term limits, among other issues. President Museveni has often singled him out for criticism. The president has advised the retired bishop severally to fight HIV/Aids among read more...

Zimbabwe: With a Radio Ban, Mugabe Sharpens the Old Enemy's Weapon
02 April 2013, All Radio

Harare — Even 33 years after Zimbabwean independence, President Mugabe remains a harsh critic of the white colonial government's system. But through the latest radio ban, he is imposing the same oppressive tactics that he himself once fought against to liberate his people.
As I write, Zimbabwe's statutes are still being starched read more...

African Union Rejects New Central African Republic Leader
02 April 2013, VoA news

The African Union has rejected Michel Djotodia as leader of the Central African Republic (CAR) after his Seleka rebel group seized power and forced President Francois Bozize to flee.
El-Ghassim Wane, spokesman for the African Union Peace and Security Commission, says the AU is working with its international partners to help resolve read more...

Tanzania's APRM Continued Participation Vital - Haule
27 March 2013, Tanzania Daily News

By Alvar Mwakyusa,

THE Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr John Haule, said that Tanzania still needs to be in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), to enhance transparency and accountability towards good governance.

Mr Haule made the remarks in Dar es Salaam while read more...

Bill To Revitalise NEPAD Passes Second Reading
26 March 2013, Channels Television (Nigeria)

The Senate has begun moves to revitalise the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) as the bill seeking to establish NEPAD Commission passes second reading in the Senate.

The sponsor of the bill, Senator Simeon Ajibola recalled how NEPAD was adopted as a policy development framework in 2001 in response to the problem of poor read more...

Togo: In Togo, Court Rejects Repressive Press Law Amendments
22 March 2013, CJP

 Lagos — The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Wednesday's ruling by Togo's Constitutional Court to reject repressive amendments to a media law that granted the state-run media regulator sweeping powers of censorship.
A panel of judges declared that six articles of Togo's 2009 press law, which were amended on February read more...


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