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n African Human Rights Law Journal - Assessing the effectiveness of the African Peer Review Mechanism and its impact on the promotion of democracy and good political governance

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
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Abstract

Since the inception of the African Union, which superseded the now defunct Organisation of African Unity, the legal and political landscapes on the African continent have changed and are set to change further. Unlike the OAU, the AU takes democracy, good political governance and human rights seriously. Democracy and good political governance feature prominently among the objectives and principles of the AU. They are also entrenched in the objectives and principles of the New Partnership for Africa's Development, which is an initiative of the AU devised to accelerate the development of the continent and to pave the way for the African renaissance project championed by many African leaders and intellectuals. The African Peer Review Mechanism was established to assess the extent to which AU member states participating in NEPAD comply with the principles and objectives of NEPAD. Key among them are democracy and good political governance which are stressed in the NEPAD Declaration on Democracy, Political, Economic and Corporate Governance. More than half of the AU member states have to date acceded to APRM and participate in NEPAD. This article aims to assess the effectiveness of APRM and its impact on the promotion of democracy and good political governance in AU member states. It argues that APRM is an unprecedented mechanism in international law and African politics. Despite shortcomings and challenges, it has the potential to impact positively on the promotion of democracy and good political governance on the African continent.

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2007-01-01
2016-12-10

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