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Liberia: 'Not a Mere Talking Shop' - Liberia's Finance Minister Underscores APRM Relevance
25 October 2013, All Page Africa

Finance Minister Amara Konneh has underscored the need for continuous joint efforts, with the support of the international community, to show that the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) matters to the ordinary African citizen.
Minister Konneh, who is the Chairperson of the APRM Focal Points Committee also urged member read more...

L'autoroute Alger-Lagos symbole du commerce intra-africain
25 October 2013, Le Temps d'Algérie

Dans le cadre d'une conférence de presse animée autour de «La semaine Afrique-Nepad 2013» (nouveau partenariat pour le développement de l'Afrique) qui se tient du 21 au 25 octobre au siège de l'ONU, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, le secrétaire exécutif du Nepad, a mis en exergue les grands projets établis dans le cadre read more...

UNGA Debates Partnership for African Development
25 October 2013, UN General Assembly

25 October 2013: In a joint debate on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), UN Member States discussed the need for continued international support and cooperation with African countries, with UN General Assembly (UNGA) President John Ashe calling NEPAD the "essential blueprint" for promoting African stability.

The meeting,

Media and Civil Society Need to Work Together to Popularise the APRM
24 October 2013, South African Institute of International Affairs

By Yarik Turianskyi, 24 October 2013

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) has potential to dramatically change the governance landscape on the continent. However, 10 years after its formation, the APRM has not fully captured the interest of African citizens and media. Why is this the case?

To answer this question, SAIIA's

Africa’s governing systems need to change to address youth challenges - NEPAD CEO
23 October 2013, NEPAD Secretariat

Boston USA October 23, 2013 -  The Chief Executive Officer of the NEPAD Agency and former Prime Minister of Niger, Dr Ibrahim Mayaki has cautioned that the growing youth population in Africa, which has access to modern and rapid communications systems could impact adversely on the Africa nation state, if social inequality and the current systems read more...

Experts recommend 112 activities for African Union/NEPAD programmes in Central Africa 2013-2016
23 October 2013, UNECA

Douala, 23 October 2013 (ECA) – After two days of intense brainstorming in Douala from the 21st to 22nd October 2013, experts from the United Nations System in Central Africa, their counterparts from CEMAC, ECCAS, specialised institutions, the ADB as well as the leading players of the Steering Committee for the Rationalisation of Regional Economic Communities read more...

NEPAD’s commitment to Africa’s development hailed
22 October 2013, NEPAD Secretariat

UN based African Union Ambassadors have noted the sustained relevance of NEPAD’s Programmes for Africa’s development with particular reference to the rural transformation initiative - Rural Futures.

The Diplomats, responding to a briefing by CEO Dr Ibrahim Mayaki at the UN in New York, lauded his presentation for its clarity and action-oriented read more...

Uganda: Corruption Report Fingers Museveni
21 October 2013, All

Cape Town — A new report on corruption in Uganda names President Yoweri Museveni as one of those responsible for what it calls widespread "bribery, nepotism, and misuse of official positions and resources" in the country.

The report, published in Kampala on Monday, says that since Museveni came

Guinea: Ban Welcomes Release of Provisional Election Results in Guinea
21 October 2013, UN News Agency

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the release by Guinea's Nation Independent Electoral Commission of the provisional results of the legislative elections, nearly three weeks after citizens headed to the polls.
"The Secretary-General commends the Guinean Government, institutions and all other national stakeholders for their read more...

Ban pledges UN support for Africa’s development partnership, peer review process
21 October 2013, United Nations

21 October 2013 – Hailing the success of the self-assessment mechanism agreed among African leaders a decade ago, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the peer review process has not only fostered more principled leadership and constructive national dialogue but has opened up more space for citizens to participate in the decisions affecting them.

Africa-NEPAD Week at @ the 68th United Nations General Assembly
21 October 2013, African Union

Oct 21 2013 - Oct 25 2013, New York, United States

The African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), Office of the UN Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Department of Public Information (DPI) are co-organising read more...

21 October 2013, NEPAD Secretariat

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has paid tribute to the important role played by the NEPAD Agency and the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in the stride to eradicate poverty in Africa.

The UN Chief was speaking at the official opening of the High Level panel discussion on Africa’s Innovative Governance through ten years of the APRM read more...

ECA and partners to review progress on African Union/NEPAD programme and regional integration in Central Africa
12 October 2013, UNECA

Yaounde, 12 October 2013 (ECA) - How much success has been achieved in implementing a wide range of African Union (AU) and NEPAD projects in Central Africa and what progress has been made in attaining regional integration in Central Africa? These questions will constitute the major discussion points of three back-to-back meetings organised by ECA from read more...

Malawi's Joyce Banda sacks cabinet amid corruption row
10 October 2013, Standard Digital Media (Kenya)

Malawi's President Joyce Banda has sacked her cabinet amid allegations of widespread corruption in government.

Several officials have been caught allegedly with money hidden under their beds and in their cars, reports the BBC's Raphael Tenthani from Malawi.

Western donors have been urging Ms Banda to tackle corruption.

Guinea: Vote Rigging Allegations Overshadow Guinea's Elections
10 October 2013, All

Guinea's opposition is rejecting parliamentary elections held in late September, the results of which are still outstanding. International observers say there were irregularities. Fear of violence is growing.
The rift between Guinea's government and opposition appears to be unbridgeable. The opponents of President Alpha Conde refuse read more...

Africa: Kofi Annan Defends Hague Court
08 October 2013, All

Cape Town — Five days before crucial talks on whether African nations should pull out of the International Criminal Court (ICC), former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has come out in vigorous defence of the court.
Speaking to an audience in Cape Town, South Africa, Annan rejected accusations that the ICC was read more...

Africa: 130 Groups Across Africa Call for Countries to Back ICC - AU Summit Should Support Court, Including Kenya Cases
08 October 2013, Human Rights Watch

Johannesburg — 130 groups from across Africa called on African members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in a letter made public today to affirm their support for the court at an extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU). The meeting is scheduled for October 11 and 12, 2013, in Addis Ababa.
The groups,

Strengthening NEPAD’s Coordination structures
01 October 2013, NEPAD Secretariat

The overriding need to strengthen consultation, coordination and coherence amongst the key implementers of NEPAD as the flagship development programme of the African Union (AU) has been emphasised over the past decade.

In moving the process forward, a NEPAD and UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) delegation led by Director of Corporate read more...

Nigeria: Social Media - Civil Society 'Ll Resist Attacks Against Freedom of Expression - SERAP
30 September 2013, All

As the world marks the International Right to Know Day, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has urged the government of President Goodluck Jonathan to drop threat of attacks against social media, as "any such threat can only continue to strangle freedom of expression and limit the accountability of government."
In

Sierra Leone: 'Overcrowding At Pademba Road Prison Is a High Security Risk'
30 September 2013, All Times

Overcrowding at the maximum security prison on Pademba Road is a high security risk, according to the Public Relations Officerof the Prisons Department.
James Tarawalli, speaking to Concord Times in an exclusive interview at his New England Ville office, said a prison break could not be entirely dismissed as a result of the steady read more...

A decade of citizen-led assessments of democracy
19 September 2013, International IDEA

By Lotta Westerberg, International IDEA’s State of Democracy programme

Some 80 people from around the world met in Bangkok, Thailand, from 16–18 September 2013, to discuss citizens as the driving force behind democracy assessment processes, at the conference ’Citizen-led Assessments of Democracy: A Decade of Experiences from Around the read more...

FG Commences Second Nigerian Peer Review
18 September 2013, This Day (Nigeria)

The federal government has commenced the second peer review of governance in Nigeria, which is aimed at providing a platform for Nigeria to showcase her achievements so far in the implementation of the National Plan of Action (NPoA).

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim, stated this yesterday in Abuja, read more...

Congo-Kinshasa: Justice Sector Is Failing
17 September 2013, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (Johannesburg)

By Richard Lee, 17 September 2013

The justice sector is the most important pillar of the rule of law in any society. In a post-conflict society such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), it plays the additional role of guaranteeing stability and peace but if it is unable to promote, safeguard and protect values of fairness and justice, read more...

NEPAD Steering Committee takes stock of progress
11 September 2013, NEPAD

Centurion, South Africa, September 11, 2013 - Representatives of African governments, United Nations Agencies, the African Union Commission and other strategic development partners have concluded a two day meeting of the NEPAD Steering Committee in Centurion, South Africa, with a clear map of activities for the Agency.

The Committee is

Liberia: President Sirleaf Meets Nine-Member Panel of the APRM
06 September 2013, Government of Liberia

The nine-member panel of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is proposing a retreat of peer members that will enable them brainstorm over key issues including the mechanisms for integration into the African Union (AU).
They said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf serving as chairperson of the APRM provides an opportunity for potential read more...

Kenya ICC Withdrawal Sets Bad Precedent
06 September 2013, All Kampala

The Kenyan Parliament today passed a motion to withdraw from the International Criminal Court statute, making it the first country to make such a decision.
Opposition MPs boycotted the vote; however, a bill to this effect will be introduced in the next 30 days.
Earlier, a coalition of NGOs across Africa had warned read more...

Guinea poised to complete transition to civilian rule
06 September 2013, IRIN

CONAKRY, 5 September 2013 (IRIN) - Guinea’s parliamentary election, to be held later this month, will establish a legislative assembly after almost five years without one, and formally complete a transition to civilian rule. But the long-overdue poll is fraught with political and ethnic tensions that analysts say hinder reforms and progress.

The

Kenya May Withdraw from ICC
05 September 2013, VoA news

Kenyan lawmakers are meeting Thursday to discuss whether to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, just two months before the trial of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
A withdrawal would not interrupt any trials already scheduled.
Kenya's president and deputy president, William Ruto, are due to go on trial read more...

No incidents of xenophobia in Musina
05 September 2013, Zoutnet

The MEC for Safety, Security and Liaison,  Ms Joyce Mashamba, praised the people of Musina for their ability to embrace foreign nationals and live with them in peace and harmony.
"The fact that not even a single incident of xenophobia has been reported in Musina should encourage people from other parts of the country to follow read more...

Is Mugabe an Entrenched Leader or a Changed Man?
23 August 2013, VoA news

JOHANNESBURG — Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has been sworn in after another election that critics and observers say was marred. Mugabe was unapologetic as he took another oath of office despite widespread claims of rigging.
Robert Mugabe once said he would rule Zimbabwe until he is 100.
On Thursday, as

Zambia: African Mine Vision - AU Members Need Support
23 August 2013, All of Zambia

DELEGATES to the 14th strategy and review meeting of the African initiative on Mining, Environment and society (AIMES) have acknowledged the need to support member States of the African Union in implementing the African Mining Vision (AMV).
The AMV was adopted by heads of State in 2009, to provide guidance as to how the read more...

Tchad : Déby décidé à gagner la rude bataille
23 August 2013, Afrique 7

Sumai Issa 

Dans le cadre du Nouveau Partenariat de Développement, le Tchad a lancé jeudi les activités du Mécanisme Africain d’Evaluation par les Pairs (MAEP) en vue de la promotion et du renforcement de la gouvernance sur son territoire.


Uganda Groups Oppose Public Order Bill
08 August 2013, VoA news

Uganda’s civil society and opposition groups are scheduled to meet Internal Affairs Minister General Aronda Nyakairima today (Thursday) to complain about a proposed law they say could undermine the nation’s constitution.
"This meeting is to first of all educate this new minister about how bad this bill (Public Order Management Bill read more...

Fledgling Website Brings Fact Checking to South Africa
08 August 2013, VoA

Liberia Ethiopian Envoy Briefs Ellen
08 August 2013, The New Dawn (Monrovia)

By Winston W. Parley, 

The Economic Advisor to the Ethiopian Prime Minster and ex-chairperson on the focal point at the African Peer Review Mechanism or APRM, Mr. Newaye Cebreab Biadgilligan on Wednesday conferred with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.

Mr. Biadgilligan is in Liberia at the invitation

ZANU-PF Official Calls for Zimbabwe’s Unity
05 August 2013, VoA news

In Zimbabwe,  the spokesman for  ZANU-PF party of President Robert Mugabe says his group is open to working with rival parties to unite the country after the opposition rejected the results of last week’s general election.
"We must try and unite all Zimbabweans. The victory of ZANU-PF is a victory for everyone. Even the read more...

Mali's Election Goes to Second Round
05 August 2013, All English

Mali's presidential election will go to a second round on 11 August 11, the government said Friday. Former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was in the lead with 39.2 per cent of the vote in Sunday's first round, according to figures announced on live television.
Keita's main rival, Soumaïla Cissé, won 19.4 per cent, the read more...

Behold, the 24-hour good news SABC
05 August 2013, All Mavrick

When Julius Malema addressed media at the launch of his Economic Freedom Fighters, he thanked journalists from the SABC for attending. He knows what it’s like to be both a darling and enemy of the ANC, he said, and understands what staff at public broadcaster are forced to put up with. The SABC is "run from Luthuli House,” he told media. "I know how read more...

APRM: Country plans good, doubts in implementation
05 August 2013, IPPMedia / The Guardian (Tanzania)

By Correspondent

Tanzania has been commended for its Five Year Development Plan 2011/2012-2015/16 which is meant to boost the agricultural sector in the country but at the same time questions have been levied as to the country’s ability to implement the plan.

The query was revealed by the Head of Media and Communications, Hassan read more...

Zimbabwe Votes in Critical Test of Freedom
01 August 2013, All

Harare — "We definitely can't miss this grand chance to cast our vote. It's like Zimbabwe is just gaining independence; the excitement to see a new government coming into power is just incredible and we hope we get a new Zimbabwe rolling again," 38-year-old Mildred Saungweme from Harare's Hatfield suburb, told IPS.
On Wednesday,

Former Malian PM Leading in Early Election Results
01 August 2013, VoA news

Officials in Mali are expected to release full provisional results of the country's presidential election on Wednesday.
Sunday's polling was seen as a first step toward Mali's recovery from a year-and-a-half of unrest.
On Tuesday, territorial administration minister Colonel Moussa Sinko Coulibaly said partial read more...

Tanzania tackling peer advice ahead of October APRM report
29 July 2013, IPPMedia / The Guardian (Tanzania)

Tanzania has embarked on addressing governance issues raised by its people through the African Union governance assessment tool - the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) said its head of media and communications, Hassan Abbas.

Speaking at a press conference held yesterday in Dar es Salaam Abbas told the media that although the launch of read more...

Frustration and hope ahead of Mali's polls
29 July 2013, IRIN

BAMAKO, 26 July 2013 (IRIN) - Malians vote on 28 July in the first ever polls since a military coup and an insurgency 16 months ago, but complaints of missing voting cards and worries that the elections are rushed have marred the run-up to the ballot.
Some 6.8 million Malians have been registered to vote. Two days to the poll, electoral read more...

MAEP : Le « bâton de pèlerin » de Losseni pour recueillir les préoccupations des acteurs
29 July 2013,

Le Mécanisme africain d’évaluation par les pairs (MAEP) a dix ans. Dix ans à œuvrer pour la bonne gouvernance dans des pays d’Afrique dont le Burkina Faso. A l’occasion, le secrétariat permanent organise une tournée dans les 13 régions pour présenter les défis et les perspectives pour une véritable read more...

North-West committed to APRM – Seyuba
28 July 2013, Times of Zambia


NORTH–Western Province Permanent Secretary Augustine Seyuba says stakeholders in the province are committed to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process.

Mr Seyuba said, through the APRM consultation meetings, stakeholders should evaluate performance and contribute to fundamental objectives of read more...

Nigeria: Jonathan tasks African leaders as summit opens
25 July 2013, AfriqueJet information News

AU Special Summit - The African Union (AU) Special Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria got underway here Monday, with host President Goodluck Jonathan challenging his fellow African leaders to look inward in the search of solutions to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other related infectious diseases.

'We must

Document Alleges Vote Rigging in Zimbabwe
24 July 2013, SW Radio/

Sensational new evidence has emerged of how ZANU PF plans to steal the forthcoming elections aided by the Chinese and by the Israeli firm Nikuv.
The arrival of the MDC on the political scene in 2000, and its call for change in the way the country was being governed, spelt the beginning of the end for ZANU PF.

Gilbert Médjè reçu hier par le Président Nago
19 July 2013, La Nouvelle Tribune (Benin)

Écrit par Ismail Kèko

L’ancien ministre Gilbert Médjè, Président de la Commission Nationale de Gouvernance du Mécanisme Africain d’Evaluation par les Pairs (MAEP), accompagné d’une forte délégation, a été reçu hier en audience à l’Assemblée Nationale par le Président read more...

Tchad: objectif bonne gouvernance pour tous les secteurs
18 July 2013, Journal du Tchad

De nombreux organes nécessaires à la promotion de cette idéologie ont été mis en place dans tous les services du pays

Le gouvernement tchadien prend très au sérieux son adhésion au Mécanisme Africain d'Evaluation par les pairs (MAEP). En effet six mois seulement après son adhésion read more...

PM's Party Declares No Faith in Polls
17 July 2013, VoA news

HARARE, ZIMBABWE — Voting for Zimbabwe's elections got underway this week with special early voting by police and security agents. That voting extended to a third day Tuesday - one more than originally scheduled - in what appears to be a violation of the constitution. The prime minister’s party says it will go to court in an effort to have the read more...


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