Implementing the APRM in Lesotho: views from civil society
13 September 2011
Implementing the APRM in Lesotho: views from civil society was launched on 13 September 2011, at the Lesotho Sun hotel. The report is part of AfriMAP's ongoing partnership, the African Peer Review Monitoring Project, with the South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA) and Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), which aims to track the political will and commitment to the implementation of the National Plans of Action, within the ambit of the APRM process. The Lesotho report is the second publication to be launched. Lesotho's APRM secretariat was represented by the director of the department, Mr. Leteka, who welcomed the report and expressed the department's support for the recommendations made in the report. The keynote speaker, Advocate Misifa, a former Ombudsman and Electoral Commission chairperson, deliberated on the report, and made reference to Lesotho's stated commitments to addressing issues of poverty, inequality, HIV/Aids, corruption, electoral reform amongst other challenges. He noted that some progress has been made in achieving these objectives, but as the report stated, there was need for greater improvement. Participants at the launching also engaged with the researchers on the issues raised in the report.