Spotlighting governance challenges: Lessons from Namibia

The Namibian National Assembly building in Windhoek. Image: Getty, Travel_Nerd/iStock

In January 2017 Namibia became the 37th state to join the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the continent’s self-assessment tool promoting good governance.

Summary

  • This policy insight explores lessons learned from civil society organisations (CSOs) in Namibia through the process of developing a written submission for the APRM.
  • The APRM is able to bring CSOs together, even in difficult climates.
  • Civil society chose to focus on 13 key governance issues affecting Namibia.
  • Civil society’s constructive and positive written contribution has spurred the government to accelerate the national APRM process.
  • This model of CSO collaboration on a written governance analysis can be adapted for civil society in other countries, including newly acceded states, non-members of the APRM and those in which the process has been slow.

APRM Sensitisation Project In Namibia (ASPIN)

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