n Journal of Public Administration - Revisiting the African Peer Review Mechanism : the case for leadership and good governance in Africa

Special issue 3
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



This paper examines the protocols of engagement of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) since its launch, three years ago. The African peer review mechanism was established in 2003 as an instrument to monitor the performance of participating African countries based on the protocols of engagement as identified in the document of inception. The main purpose is to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration through the sharing of experiences and reinforcement of successful and best practice. It is argued that while the African peer review process is the most decisive element towards attaining the objectives set forth in the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), its focus needs to be revisited. Targeting critical governance and continental policies and the provision of incentives are paramount for effective and successful implementation.

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