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Title:Taking stock of the African Peer Review Mechanism
Authors:Herbert, RossISNI
Gruzd, StevenISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Geographic term:Africa
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10220460709545480
Abstract:As the African Peer Review Mechanism marks its fifth birthday in 2007, the authors take stock of the initiative's successes and challenges. Designed to help countries improve governance through national and continental reviews, the APRM grew out of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). The APRM can claim considerable achievements, including three largely credible and robust country reports on Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda; vigorous national conversations about policy and priorities; and growing interest in the potential of this process from Africans and the outside world. But the complexity of the process, its slow pace, and problems in some review countries - South Africa, Nigeria, Mauritius - raise questions which are highlighted in the study. Peer review requires government, civil society and the private sector to all participate fully in the process, but exactly how this should happen is left to each country to figure out. That challenge is made more difficult by the vast differences in power, resources and access to information between government and NGOs, and a traditional lack of trust between these stakeholders. The unrealistic time frame built into the original guidelines has contributed to unrealistic planning and neglect of programmes. The APRM process should be revised with the goal of improving its efficiency and effectiveness. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]