The African Peer Review Mechanism Ten Years On: How Can It Be Strengthened?


The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) celebrated its tenth anniversary in March 2013. On the threshold of its second decade, where does the APRM currently stand, what challenges does it face and which direction is it likely to take?

The APRM was launched on 9 March 2003 in Abuja, Nigeria, when the memorandum of understanding was signed by the Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad). A voluntary and African-owned framework, it aims to improve governance on the continent. The APRM utilises a system of peer reviews to achieve this goal. Its country reviews are analogous to a performance assessment in an office. In the case of the APRM, a member state develops a Country SelfAssessment Report, which is followed by a separate assessment conducted by an external Country Review Mission. The two reviews are then combined into a single Country Review Report (CRR) that includes a National Programme of Action (NPoA) covering four thematic areas: democracy and political governance; economic governance and management; corporate governance; and socio-economic development.

22 Dec 2013