Governance at a Glance: Botswana’s APRM Experience

Parliament House, Gaborone, Botswana. Image: Getty, Poco_bw
Parliament House, Gaborone, Botswana. Image: Getty, Poco_bw

Botswana acceded to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in February 2019, making it the 38th AU Member State to take this step.


  • Botswana joined the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in 2019, but the official process is yet to commence.
  • Civil society organisations (CSOs) in Botswana, under the umbrella of the Botswana Council for Non-Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO), worked with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) to develop a submission on 12 key governance issues in the country and what to do about them.
  • This policy insight explores the key lessons learnt by CSOs in the Botswana APRM Popular Sensitisation Project from 2020-2021.
  • Important lessons include making the process inclusive, building trust between CSOs and government, adapting to an online working environment and learning from other countries’ experiences.
  • CSOs should also work collaboratively, support their arguments with credible evidence and depoliticise the APRM process.
6 Jul 2021

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Research by
SAIIA Policy Insights No 111, June 2021
Sub-Saharan Africa
SAIIA Programme
African Governance and Diplomacy
APRM, African Union (AU)
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