The continental secretariat of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), in collaboration with the Africa Governance Platform (AGA Platform), Monday hosted a consolidated launch for the inaugural biannual Africa Governance Report (AGR), before a vast array of stakeholders from academia, think tanks, media as well as women and youths groups, in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Africa Governance Report (AGR) seeks to provide a basis for tracking governance developments and analyzing trends on the continent. It focuses on five key thematic areas, namely: transformative leadership; constitutionalism and the rule of law; peace, security and governance; the nexus of development and governance; and the role of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in African governance.
While opening discussions at the launch of the inaugural AGR, Prof Eddy Maloka, the CEO of APRM said the report, which was themed: ‘Promoting African Union Shared Values,’ represented the collective value system of not just the African Union but also the entire communities in Africa, adding that the idea of the consolidated launch was for the APRM to acquire open and frank views of independent experts from academia, think tanks, and media in Africa about the Report.
Also speaking at the launch, Ambassador Salah Hammad, head of the African Governance Architecture (AGA) Secretariat, said the AGR had examined the state of affairs of democracy and governance at Member State levels as well as identifying challenges and proffering solutions to them; this he said was important for the advancement of democracy and good governance in Africa.
He also expressed the AGA Secretariat’s commitment to consequently work with APRM to popularize and raise awareness about the report, among all African citizens.
APRM believes the consolidated launch of the inaugural AGR would not only help promote public awareness and buy-in of the Report among important stakeholders, but also help solicit multi-perspective feedback from stakeholders, targeted at achieving a shared understanding and ownership of the Report as well as increased knowledge of pertinent governance issues across the continent. The APRM is already working on the next edition of the AGR which will be launched in 2021 under the theme: ‘African Governance Futures 2063’.
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