analysisBy Steven Gruzd
On 29 January 2014, the highest decision-making body of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the Forum, met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to admit its 34th and newest member - Equatorial Guinea - and to review progress in implementation of governance programmes in South Africa and Mozambique.
Accession to the continent's premier home-grown governance assessment instrument is voluntary and involves opening up a country for rigorous scrutiny of its governance practices. SAIIA researchers were there to observe proceedings, captured in the official communique from the Forum and an analysis of the 2014 Forum by SAIIA.
The APRM has been seen as a complicated process that has not been well enough understood. Its workings, structures and stages can appear overly technical and daunting to someone wanting to learn more. That's why SAIIA has developed the APRM Toolkit, to make it easier to find out about everything related to the APRM.
Click here to visit SAIIA's new, relaunched APRM Toolkit, available in both English and French.
The APRM Toolkit has been substantially redesigned, and is a comprehensive repository of APRM knowledge for continental practitioners, civil society members, academics, students, journalists and donors. It was designed to provide a single entry point for access to all of the most important APRM official documents and independent analysis of the process. The Toolkit contains founding documents, country review and progress reports, academic and civil society papers on the mechanism, APRM standards, as well as research and training materials published by SAIIA. It also has relevant audio and video podcasts reflecting on aspects of the APRM.
SAIIA's APRM Toolkit is easy to use. If you click on the country flags, you will find all the material related to the APRM in that country. There many ways to refine your searches, such as by official APRM documents or civil society analysis, or by the four thematic areas of the APRM (democracy and political governance, economic governance and management, corporate governance and socio-economic development). SAIIA's APRM Toolkit helps take the mystery out of the mechanism!