Historical Background

A Specialized Agency of the African Union (AU), the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) was initiated in 2002 and established in 2003 by the African Union in the framework of the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

APRM is a tool for sharing experiences, reinforcing best practices, identifying deficiencies, and assessing capacity-building needs to foster policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration.


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Thematic Areas

The APRM process focuses on four thematic areas to assess state's compliance with a wide range of African and international human rights treaties and standards: Democracy and political governance.

Governance Structure

Continental Level


National Level

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