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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:

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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...

APRM comprises 35 member states
22 March 2013, Angola Press

Luanda - The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), tasked with deepening and consolidating democratic practices among the African Union (AU) States, has currently 35 member countries, including Angola that joined the organisation in 2004.

The information was released by the Angolan Foreign Affairs minister, Georges Chikoti, who was speaking read more...

Southern Africa: SADC Urged to Intervene in Civil Society Crackdown
20 March 2013, All Radio

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is being urged to intervene in the ongoing crackdown against civic groups in Zimbabwe, in order to ensure a conducive environment for democratic elections this year.
This call was made by international rights monitor Human Rights Watch on Tuesday, which said that SADC, as the guarantors read more...

De "grandes avancées" réalisées par l’Algérie dans le cadre du MAEP (experts)
20 March 2013, Le Temps d'Algérie

De "grandes avancées" ont été réalisées par l’Algérie dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre du mécanisme africain d’évaluation par les paires (MAEP), ont souligné, mercredi à Bechar, les animateurs d’une rencontre-débat sur l’évaluation du programme national sur la gouvernance.

Ghana: UN Human Rights Council - Adoption of the Outcome of Ghana's UPR - Item 6
18 March 2013, Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch welcomes the recommendations in the UPR report and Ghana's commitment to implementing reforms to protect the rights of people with disabilities, including by improving the domestic legal framework; adopting programs to encourage positive community engagement with people with disabilities; and rolling out oversight measures in psychiatric read more...

Rwanda: Grand Victory for Rwanda Media
18 March 2013, All Focus

March 11, 2013 will go down as a very significant day for the media in Rwanda. The day signaled an end to years of constant lobbying and deliberations in the corridors of power with the publication last Monday of the Official Gazette containing several new media-related laws, most of them revisions of older ones.
Most important is

Le bailleur de Osiwa à Dakar : Y’en a marre a reçu le milliardaire Georges Soros
14 March 2013,

Y'en a marre a reçu, hier, à son Quartier général, la visite du fondateur d'Osiwa (Open society initiative for West Africa), Georges Soros, et ses collaborateurs du Conseil d'administration. En effet, exposant à ses hôtes de marque l'évolution et les perspectives du mouvement, Y'en marre, dans la collaboration read more...

MAEP : L’Algérie est un pays leader en matière de bonne gouvernance
13 March 2013, El Moudjahid (Algerie)

L’ambassadeur-conseiller auprès du ministre délégué des Affaires maghrébines et africaines, M. Rabah Hadid, a estimé, hier à Sidi Bel-Abbès, que l’Algérie est "leader dans le domaine de la gouvernance en Afrique".

Intervenant lors d’un forum de sensibilisation sur le mécanisme africain read more...

Zimbabwe: The Draft Constitution - By the Politicians, for the Politicians?
13 March 2013, All Africa Press

After years of negotiations, Zimbabwe's draft constitution will be put to a referendum on 16 March. But is it the result of popular consultation or political wrangling?
On 15 September, 2008, President Robert Mugabe was forced into a political union with a bitter rival: Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T). read more...

Tanzania: Should Corruption Be Tried in Special Courts?
13 March 2013, Tanzania Daily News

THERE has been a proposal on whether the Judiciary should establish a special court for trying corruption cases in a bid to fight graft effectively.
Such idea has attracted a mixture of feelings among commentators with some supporting the proposal, while others are vehemently in opposition.
Our Staff Writer FAUSTINE

ACHPR: Zimbabweans abroad have right to vote
12 March 2013, OSISA

By Richard Lee | 12 March 2013

It is a decision that could potentially change the electoral game in Zimbabwe.

In a landmark ruling, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) has passed a provisional measure directing the government to allow exiled Zimbabweans and those living abroad to vote in the country’s read more...

Africa: Women as Leaders - Power, Participation and Progress in the 21st Century
11 March 2013, All

Today is International Women's Day and the beginning of a month-long emphasis on the lives of women and the challenges and opportunities they face in the 21st century. At the RAS, we began the month with an event held at Parliament discussing women's political participation and leadership in Africa.
The continued dominance

Guinea Suffering From 'Gridlock Fatigue'
11 March 2013, VoA news

DAKAR, SENEGAL — The political deadlock in Guinea shows little sign of easing, as the government and opposition trade accusations and violent street clashes once again eclipse all other agendas. On Monday, opposition leaders opted out of a meeting the government says was a bid to tackle disputes about much-delayed legislative elections.

African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Launches 10th Anniversary
11 March 2013, Ghana Government

The 10th anniversary of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) was, last Friday, launched in all member-states with the objective of creating significant awareness on APRM and the importance of its existence among African citizens.

The APRM was established on March 9, 2003 to ensure that policies and practices of member-states conform to the read more...

Célébration des dix ans du Maep: pour plus de visibilité de l'institution au niveau national
11 March 2013, Adjinakou (Benin)

Le Mécanisme africain d'évaluation par les pairs (Maep) a dix ans cette année. Pour célébrer cet anniversaire, la Cellule nationale de gouvernance du Maep, face aux médias le 09 mars 2013 à Cotonou, entend faire connaitre au peuple béninois, cette institution.

"Le Maep au service des peuples

RAPPORT DU MAEP: Abdelkader Messahel affiche sa satisfaction
11 March 2013, L'Expression (Algerie)

Abdelkader Messahel satisfait par le Mécanisme africain d'évaluation par les pairs (Maep). Pour lui c'est un excellent moyen d'évaluation pour les nations. Il le qualifie même de radioscopie des performances. «Il s'agit d'une radioscopie, la plus objective possible, sur les performances de l'Algérie en matière de gouvernance read more...

MAEP : l'Algérie, l'un des rares pays à s'auto-évaluer en Afrique (Messahel)
10 March 2013, Algérie Presse Service

"Nous sommes l’un des rares pays en Afrique et dans le monde arabe qui s’adonne à cet exercice (auto-évaluation)", a déclaré M. Messahel lors d’une conférence-débat à l’occasion de la célébration du 10ème anniversaire de la création du MAEP. 

Il a précisé que cet exercice

Ghana Observes 10th Anniversary Of APRM
09 March 2013, Ghana News Agency

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) ensuring that policies and practices of member states conform to the values, codes and standards contained in the NEPAD programme, commemorates its 10th Anniversary today March 9.

Ghana is observing the anniversary with commitment to step up the awareness creation of the APRM process nationwide, particularly read more...

African Peer Review Panel Member Meets Pres. Sirleaf
08 March 2013, The Analyst (Liberia)

Madam Baleka Mbete, a member of the Panel of Eminent Persons of the African Peer Review Mechanism assigned to cover Liberia, paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Thursday, March 6, during the course of the APRM's Advance Mission to advise Liberia on how to prepare to participate in the Peer Review Mechanism.

According to

African nations cautioned against alienating youths
08 March 2013, New Vision (Uganda)

By Moses Walubiri

KAMPALA - African countries excluding younger people from programs tailored to the socio-economic transformation of their societies are sitting on a time bomb, Africa Peer Review Mechanism’s Prof. Okon Uya Edet has warned.

A member of APRM’s panel of eminent persons in charge of Uganda, Okon contends that disaffected read more...

APRM advises strengthening of anti-corruption crusade
06 March 2013, Post Zambia

By Kombe Chimpinde

The African Peer Review Mechanism country report on Zambia has noted the existence of persistent, endemic and systemic corruption in all political and economic spheres.

The preliminary report has highlighted that economic management in Zambia is greatly affected by high prevalence of corruption.

The report further

In Sierra Leone, APRM Trains MDAs on Implementing NPOA
05 March 2013, Awareness Times (Sierra Leone)

By Edward Tommy

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) has on Thursday, 28th February, 2013 held a day's induction training on the implementation of its National Programme Of Action (NPOA) for APRM focal persons in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) at the Trivoli Plaza, John Street in Freetown.

In his welcome

APRM Governing Council calls for BRE resolution
05 March 2013, Zambian Watchdog

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Zambia Governing Council has made several recommendations to government based on the key findings extracted from the key issues paper on Zambia.

Prominent among the recommendations is that government should urgently address internal political disagreements surrounding the question of the Barotseland Royal read more...

L'autocorrection de la situation de la gouvernance en Algérie a eu des répercussions positives à plus d'un titre (rencontre)
05 March 2013, Algérie Presse Service

Lors de cette rencontre, initiée dans cadre de la célébration du 10ème anniversaire de la création du MAEP, les participants, des diplomates, ont estimé que "l’autocorrection de la situation de la gouvernance en Algérie, opérée à la lumière du MAEP, a eu un impact positif qui a touché read more...

Kenya Decides - the Somali Woman Hoping to Make History
04 March 2013, All Africa Press

Ijara — As Kenyans go to the polls today, could Sophia Abdi Noor become the first ever Somali woman to be voted in to the Kenyan parliament?
Polling day has finally arrived for the Kenya's 14 million registered voters. After months of campaigning, Kenyans will cast six ballots for their preferred representatives, from the read more...

Nigeria: Return to National Development Plans
04 March 2013, All

Development economists in the country are agreed that the abandonment of the national development and rolling plans has left Nigeria like a rudderless ship -wandering with no sense of direction. Successive governments from the 1980s have abandoned national development plans and, since then, the discipline of planning has also been thrown out the read more...

APRM trains focal person’s in MDA’s
04 March 2013, VoA/Awoko

The Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) yesterday organized a one-day induction training on the implementation of the national programme of action for focal persons within Ministries, Departments and Agencies at the Trivoli Enterprise Complex, 25 John Street, Freetown.

Giving an overview of the training, the Chairman of APRM in

March marked as APRM month
28 February 2013, SANews

Pretoria - Cabinet has approved the marking of the month of March as the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) month.

"The APRM will be marking its tenth year of existence on 9 March. South Africa is preparing for its third and final country report since it was peer reviewed in 2007,” said Acting Cabinet Spokesperson Phumla Williams on read more...

APRM consultative summit held in KZN
26 February 2013, SANews

Pretoria - KwaZulu-Natal on Monday hosted a consultative summit of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), one of many consultations being held countrywide.

The consultations are being held in preparation for the submission of a progress report on the implementation of the National Programme of Action (NPoA) of the APRM.

The

Gov’t, experts clash over media fund
25 February 2013, Ghana Web

The government, media practitioners and experts have clashed over the management of the Media Development Fund.
While the Ministry of Information and Media Relations insists that it must run the Fund, the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and a seasoned media specialist-cum-academic strongly resist the ministry’s attempt read more...

Zimbabwe: Police Undermine Voter-Education
25 February 2013, All Standard

President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have been making repeated calls for peace as the nation gears for a referendum and an election in the coming few months.
The two principals appear to have found common ground on many contentious issues facing the inclusive government, but their calls seem read more...

Uganda: Opposition Pushes for Reforms Before 2016 Polls
25 February 2013, All New Vision

The Opposition shadow cabinet will sit in two weeks-time to discuss reforms in the electoral process.
Shadow Attorney General Abdu Katuntu said after the proposed amendments were approved by the shadow cabinet, he would table the Bill before Parliament.
He said the proposed reforms include the constitution

South Africa: The Eastern Cape Province Hosts a Consultative Session On the African Peer Review Mechanism
22 February 2013, South African Government Press Release

The Eastern Cape Province today hosted a consultative session of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
In compliance with the norms and standards of the mechanism and as part of South Africa's monitoring and evaluation obligations on the APRM, the country has tabled its first and second progress reports on the implementation read more...

APRM consultations held in W Cape
22 February 2013, SANews

Pretoria – One of the many consultations being held around the country in preparation for the submission of a progress report on the implementation of the national programme of action of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) was held in the Western Cape today.

The series of consultations are being hosted by the Department of Public read more...


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