Next Time Better? Conducting the APRM’s ‘Second-Generation’ Reviews


Reviews conducted under the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) are intended to occur at regular intervals, helping countries conduct an ongoing assessment of their governance.

However, after 12 years of the APRM’s existence, no country has yet conducted a full ‘second-generation’ review. Settling on a format for these reviews is of considerable strategic importance, since it will set a precedent for future reviews. However, weaknesses in the first-generation reviews demand that some adaptations be made. The second-generation reviews also offer an opportunity to examine the implementation of countries’ National Programmes of Action (NPoAs), a critical part of the system yet one sometimes overlooked.

8 Sep 2015