| Polling time in Kenya and Zimbabwe
15 February 2013, AfriMAP
By Ozias Tungwarara, AfriMAP director
Kenya and Zimbabwe hold critical elections this year. Kenyans will go to the polls on 4th March to elect a president of the Republic, members of the senate and parliament, county governors, civic wards, and women county representatives. On 16th March Zimbabweans will read more...
Kenya: Poll Chaos Victims Sue State for Violations
14 February 2013, All Africa.com/Capital FM
Nairobi — Nineteen victims of alleged police brutality during the Post Election Violence (PEV) of 2008 now want senior government officials charged with murder, crimes against humanity and mass displacement.
Trade Barriers Thwart African Food Production, Warns World Bank
In the application in which they also seek compensation, the victims say that Attorney- General Githu Muigai, DPP Keriako Tobiko read more...
13 February 2013, VoA news
Development experts say large regional markets could boost Africa’s food production and improve efficiency by providing economies of scale.
Kenya Electoral Group Moves Ahead on Election Plans
But a number of trade barriers and restrictions are holding that dream in check. They keep the cost of food high for consumers and the price of yield-boosting fertilizers and read more...
13 February 2013, VoA news
The chief executive officer of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says ballot papers for the presidential vote are ready for the March 4th general election.
James Oswago says the electoral body is ready to conduct a credible election with the full participation of political parties, stakeholders and read more...
Rwanda: Transfer of Parliament Radio to Orinfor Questioned
11 February 2013, All Africa.com/Rwanda Focus
During President Kagame's latest press conference, the managing editor of Isango Star radio, Jean-Lambert Gatari decried the fact that some public institutions (Revenue Authority and National Police) were making plans to start their own radio station, as Parliament had already done. "I don't think there is a room for competition especially for read more...
Zimbabwe: Parties Mobilise 'Yes' Vote
11 February 2013, All Africa.com/The Herald
PARTIES in the inclusive Government have started mobilising their supporters to vote "Yes" for the draft Constitution in the referendum, with officials holding separate rallies countrywide to educate their followers on the contents of the draft.
The three parties have agreed to campaign for the draft Constitution in the referendum expected read more...
Dar's APRM Performance Exemplary
09 February 2013, Tanzania Daily News
By Kilasa Mtambalike,
Parliament Vets Five More Ministers
Dodoma - TANZANIA has been recognized as a good performer in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in terms of good governance in Africa and the world at large.
Premier Mizengo Pinda told Parliament that President Jakaya Kikwete presented the country's report to his peers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia read more...
08 February 2013, Ghana News Agency
The Appointment Committee of Parliament yesterday vetted five more personalities nominated by President John Dramani Mahama for ministerial positions.
They included Dr Benjamin Kunbuor, Minister designate for Government Business in Parliament, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Minister designate for Trade and Industry, Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, read more...
South Africa: Sisulu Calls On S Africans to Make Their Voices Heard
08 February 2013, All Africa.com/SAnews.gov.za
Pretoria — Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has called on all South Africans to participate in the drafting of South Africa's third and final African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) country report.
She said citizen participation in the drafting of this report was the most important element of the process, as it read more...
Bonne gouvernance en Afrique : Le Maep, une structure de mise en garde contre les crises socio-économiques
08 February 2013, Le Soleil (Senegal)
- Les travaux
préparatoires du 10ème anniversaire du Mécanisme africain d’évaluation par les
pairs (Maep) sont ouverts, hier, à Johannesburg. L’amélioration de la bonne gouvernance dans les Etats membres a
occupé les débats avant la plénière d’aujourd’hui read more...
Democratic Participation Said to Be Deepening in Africa
01 February 2013, VoA news
The outgoing chairman of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Panel of Eminent Persons said the process has increased democratic participation and promoted policy dialogue across Africa.
Amos Sawyer, former interim president of Liberia, said more and more incumbent leaders are being defeated in multiparty elections. read more...
Zimbabwe: Civil Society Denies Being Snubbed By African Union
30 January 2013, All Africa.com/SW Radio
The country's civil society groups have denied reports that they were snubbed by African Union leaders who met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia over the weekend for their annual summit.
The state controlled media has been reporting that the AU ignored calls for the inclusion of Zimbabwe on the summit agenda.
But Crisis in Zimbabwe read more...
African Union Unable to Bring Peace to Warring Sudans
29 January 2013, Inter Press Service
ADDIS ABABA , Jan 29 2013 (IPS) - The African Union summit failed to provide a breakthrough in the ongoing negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan when it ended on Monday Jan. 28.
President Salva Kirr of South Sudan and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir met on the sidelines of the summit, which was held in Addis Ababa from Jan. 27 read more...
Ethiopia PM Is New AU Chief
29 January 2013, All Africa.com/Times of Zambia
Addis Ababa — ETHIOPIAN Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has been elected chairperson of the African Union (AU), taking over from Benin President Boni Yayi.
Mr Dessalegn was elected during the 20th Ordinary session of the Assembly of African Heads of State and Government being attended by President Michael Sata.
In his read more...
Protocole: le Tchad a signé son adhésion au MAEP
29 January 2013, Journal du Tchad
C’est à Addis
Abeba en Ethiopie que le Président tchadien Idriss Deby a marqué l’adhésion de
son pays à ce Mécanisme
Africain d’Evaluation read more...
Jacob Zuma Remarks to AU/NEPAD Heads of State and Government meeting
28 January 2013, South African Presidency
We meet on this 50th year of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity under a positive and optimistic climate.
Kikwete briefs Africa on anti-graft law
Africa is on the move. It is no longer characterised as hopeless, but
rather as the Continent of Hope and Opportunity. The continent is now
the world’s second fastest growing region, boasting
28 January 2013, Tanzania Daily News
President Jakaya Kikwete has presented Tanzania's report to the African Union's governance assessment body, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), reiterating that he will continue with his policy zero tolerance on corruption.
APRM whitewashing Zambian problems
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28 January 2013, Zambian Watchdog
By Prof. Michelo Hansungule
Many people in Zambia are obviously not aware that Zambia will be
‘peer reviewed’ under the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) at this
weekend’s post-African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government and
rightly so. In fact, most citizens are not aware or to put it simply do
not know what this animal read more...
Senegal's President Elected Chair of Nepad's Orientation Committee
28 January 2013, Government of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)
Senegal's President Macky Sal has been elected Chairperson of the Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC), the twenty strong body of African leaders that provides leadership and policy guidance to the New Partnership for Africa's Development.
NEPAD : L’action de la BAD saluée à Addis-Abeba
President Sal replaces the late Prime Minister Meles who chaired HSGOC for read more...
28 January 2013, Banque africaine de développement
La contribution de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) au développement des infrastructures en Afrique a été saluée par la 28ème session du Comité d’orientation des Chefs d’Etat et de Gouvernement du NEPAD qui vient de se tenir à Addis-Abeba, en Ethiopie, en marge du 20ème Sommet de l’Union africaine.
AU Summit resolution: Transformation of the African Union Commission into the African Union Authority
28 January 2013, AU Commission
DECISION ON THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION INTO THE AFRICAN UNION AUTHORITY Doc. Assembly/AU/8(XX)
28e sommet du Nepad : M. Sellal expose l’expérience algérienne dans le secteur de l’agriculture
TAKES NOTE of the Progress Report of the
Commission on the Transformation of the African Union Commission into
the African Union Authority;
REAFFIRMS its conviction that read more...
27 January 2013, El Moudjahid (Algerie)
L’expérience algérienne dans le secteur de l’agriculture, consacré comme l’un des secteurs stratégiques, a été présentée hier à Addis-Abeba par le Premier ministre, M. Abdelmalek Sellal, représentant du Président de la République, M. Abdelaziz Bouteflika aux travaux du 22e sommet read more...
Tanzania: APRM report highlights challenges facing Tanzania's 50-year Union
27 January 2013, PANA
African Peer Review
Mechanism (APRM) - Despite Tanzania's strength in political stability and
national unity, the East African country faces the challenge of sustaining the
nearly 50-year Union created out of the merger of Tanganyika (on the mainland)
and the off-coast Isles of Zanzibar, according to a review report released here
by the African read more...
Dlamini-Zuma: address to Nepad HSGOC
27 January 2013, AU Commission
Ababa: I commend the efforts that have been made and continue to be
made by the [Nepad] Agency and the Commission to improve the
harmonisation of their work, particularly through the elaboration of
policies and strategies and work programmes, [Africa Union] with a view
to avoiding duplication of efforts. It is also my pleasure read more...
Development: NEPAD orientation committee begins 28th session in Addis Ababa
26 January 2013, PANA
New Economic Partnership for Africa's Development - Heads of State
and Government constituting the Orientation Committee (HSGOC) of the New
Economic Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) started their
28th meeting here Saturday, underlining the need for all African
countries to strengthen the modest gains of the continent in the fields read more...
President Bashir: NEPAD is on the Right Track
26 January 2013, SUNA
President of the Republic, Field Marshal
Omer Al-Bashir, said the New Partnership for Africa's Development
(NEPAD) is on the right track and that it had completed several
important projects in Africa .
Hailemariam calls for strong implementation of NEPAD programs
Bashir, during his speech at a summit of the Committee of Heads of State
and Governments of NEPAD in Addis Ababa Saturday, has read more...
26 January 2013, ERTA
By Mulugeta Kussa
APRM meetings: Tanzania to defend governance record
Ethiopian Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegn called up for strengthened effort of AU member states to implement the New Economic Partnership for Africa's Development NEPAD programs.
Hailemariam who is also Chairperson of NEPAD made the remark at the opening of the 28th Meeting of NEPAD Heads of State read more...
24 January 2013, The Guardian (Tanzania)
Food insecurity the next crisis for northern Mali
All is now set for President Jakaya Kikwete to showcase the country’s endeavours in promoting governance in political, economic, corporate and socio-economic areas under the African Union governance assessment instrument, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
According to a programme released by the read more...
24 January 2013, IRIN
BAMAKO/DAKAR, 23 January 2013 (IRIN) - Many more northern Malians are likely to face severe food shortages in the coming days and weeks if markets remain blocked by border and road closures, and humanitarian access remains limited, warn food security agencies.
Sénégal: Indiscipline des sénégalais - Mary Teuw Niane tient l'autorité publique pour seule responsable
The border with Algeria is officially closed as a result of
21 January 2013, Walfadjiri
PAR AÏDA COUMBA DIOP, 21
cérémonie officielle de rentrée sociale des étudiants de l'Université Gaston
Berger (Ugb) de Saint-Louis sous le thème «Jeunesse et patriotisme» a été une
occasion, pour read more...
President Kikwete to attend APRM Forum
19 January 2013, The Guardian (Tanzania)
African Union Research Grants - Grants From the Second Call Are Signed
President Jakaya Kikwete will join other African Union Heads of State and Government to participate in the African Peer Review Forum (APRM) on January 26, 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
During the Forum - a gathering of Heads of State and Government participating in the governance assessment mechanism - read more...
17 January 2013, AU Commission
In the presence of the Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to the African Union (AU), Amb.Gary Quince, and the AU Commissioner Jean-Pierre Ezin, the second set of research grants resulting from the AU's 2nd call for proposals was officially signed at the AU Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, read more...
Liberia, Botswana Sign MOU to Improve Education Sector
17 January 2013, All Africa.com/The Informer
The Ministers of Education of both Liberia and Botswana over the weekend signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to improve the education sector of both countries.
Liberia Education Minister, Edmonia David Tarpeh said that the MOU was signed to address the most needed areas. Even though Minister Tarpeh did not name some of the areas read more...
Sénégal: Lutte contre l'enrichissement illicite - Le chef de l'Etat réaffirme sa volonté de veiller sur les ressources de la communauté
17 January 2013, Lesoleil
chef de l'Etat a réitéré sa détermination à combattre l'enrichissement
Cependant, le secrétaire général de la Cour
d'Appel, Souleymane Téliko, n'a pas manqué de relever certaines insuffisances
sur la loi n° 81-54 du 10 juillet read more...
United States and Liberia Sign Partnership Agreement
16 January 2013, VoA news
The United States and Liberia took steps Tuesday to strengthen their long relationship.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed the US-Liberia Partnership Dialogue Agreement in Washington.
France Begins Ground Operations in Mali
Clinton said the agreement establishes working groups in three key read more...
16 January 2013, VoA news
French forces have begun ground operations in Mali, moving into the town of Niono just south of an area seized earlier this week by Islamist militants who control the northern part of the country.
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the fighting in Mali will be "long" and that his forces are moving from the capital toward read more...
Report on Tanzania for peer review in Ethiopia
16 January 2013, The Guardian (Tanzania)
By The guardian reporter
Nigeria: Cell Phones for Farmers to Cut Corruption, Deliver Services
The Tanzania Country Review Report is scheduled for peer review at the 18th Summit of the African Peer Review Forum in January 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; says new information posted on the APRM Continental Secretariat website.
According to a press statement availed to The Guardian yesterday, read more...
15 January 2013, All Africa.com
By Tami Hultman
Abuja — Nigeria's agriculture minister today responded to a barrage of criticism about the planned distribution of cell phones to the country's poorest farmers.
Opposition politicians attacked the idea, and news articles and editorials criticized it as ill read more...
Ethiopia: Corruption On the Rise - Survey
15 January 2013, All Africa.com/Addis Fortune
Five years in the making and two years later than the scheduled launch time, a survey conducted to gauge the level of corruption in Ethiopia was released last week, by the World Bank.
Nonetheless, it falls short of settling a rather lingering debate on whether corruption is getting as bad as many people think, which the nation's anticorruption read more...
Ethiopia: African Peer Review Mechanism Report On Ethiopia Launched
14 January 2013, Government of Ethiopia
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Report on Ethiopia was launched at the National Palace on Friday (January, 11th).
The launching ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Hailemariam and Minister Neway Gebreab, economic advisor to the Prime Minister as well as Ambassador Ashraf Rashed, Lead Member of the Panel, and Professor Amos Sawyer, read more...
APRM SUPPORT MISSION IN SUDAN
14 January 2013, APRM Secretariat
The APRM undertook a Country Support Mission in Sudan from 30 September to 4 October 2012, led by Ambassador Ashraf Rashed, member of the APR Panel of Eminent Persons.
TANZANIA CRR REPORT TO BE REVIEWED
The Support Mission Team comprised representatives of the Strategic Partners of the APRM, Ms. Zemenay Lakew from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional read more...
14 January 2013, APRM Secretariat
The APRM Country Review Mission (CRM) to Tanzania was
undertaken in 2012. Thereafter, the
Country Review Report was drafted and finalized by the Report Writing
Committee. The Mission, which was led by Barrister Akere Tabeng Muna, member of
the APR Panel of Eminent Persons, comprised 21 prominent African experts in the four thematic areas covered read more...
THE APRM @ THE AGF-VIII
13 January 2013, APRM Secretariat
event brought together about 300 participants, including government
officials, African leaders, policy makers, civil society and Regional
Economic Communities. During the Forum, Professor Amos
Sawyer,Chairperson of the APRM Panel of Eminent Persons, was invited to
share the Panel’s views on these cross-cutting issues along read more...
Zimbabwe: Rights Report Warns of Flawed Election If Key Reforms Are Ignored
11 January 2013, SW Radio Africa (London)/Allafrica.com
A new report by the respected global rights monitor, Human Rights Watch, has warned Zimbabwe's unity government that time is running out to implement key reforms that were agreed to in the Global Political Agreement (GPA), if credible elections are to be held later this year.
Titled "Race Against Time - The Need for Legal and Institutional read more...
MAURITANIA: Ex-refugees want land, ID cards
09 January 2013, IRIN
PK6/ROSSO/NOUAKCHOTT, 8 January 2013 (IRIN) - Nearly 25,000 Mauritanian refugees who had sheltered in Senegal for two decades after fleeing violence in 1989, have returned home since 2008, but despite extensive efforts to resettle them in their original villages many lack ID papers and/or access to their old farmland.
Tens of thousands read more...
Security a Concern Ahead of Kenya Presidential Election
09 January 2013, VoA news
NAIROBI — Kenyan presidential hopeful Musalia Mudavadi says the conflict in Somalia has created new security challenges for Kenya as the country prepares for elections in March. In an interview with VOA Wednesday, the deputy prime minister said the country's security agencies will have to be extra vigilant to ensure a peaceful vote.
As read more...
Nigeria: With Focus On Homeland Security, Nigeria to Reduce Troops to Mali
08 January 2013, Thisday
Security challenges, which have prompted the Federal Government to deploy troops to many parts of the federation, have forced Nigeria to scale down the number of men of the armed forces it will contribute to a sub-regional military contingent for peacekeeping in Mali.
THISDAY learnt yesterday that Nigeria would now contribute 450 soldiers read more...
Kenya: Report Examines Internally Displaced Kenyans' Access to Information
08 January 2013, Article 19
This is a report of a baseline survey on the right to information for internally displaced persons (IDPs) that was conducted by Article 19 Eastern Africa in December 2011 in the Rift valley, Nyanza, Coast and Western provinces in Kenya. The study was conducted within the ARTICLE 19 project - Sharing Vital Information: Empowering the Displaced read more...
Ghana: Mahama Sworn in, Woos Opposition Parties
08 January 2013, Thisday/allafrica.com
The newly-sworn in President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama has appealed to the opposition political parties to accept his victory as infinite political triumph for the entire country as against their feelings of loss.
Mahama, who may have taken a cue from the absence of the leaders of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), which boycotted the read more...
Ghana Set for Inauguration of President Mahama
07 January 2013, VoA news
Ghana’s information minister says all is set for the inauguration of President John Dramani Mahama Monday, despite threats by opposition lawmakers to boycott the ceremony.
"The common advise is that they should come because of the sitting of parliament, but they are entitled to boycott the event if they so wish. But what they should read more...