Over the years, the Mechanism has been through quite a roller-coaster ride, including some high highs and low lows, with a first peak during its formative years at the head of the African Renaissance, as championed by the NEPAD founders from 2003-2008, followed by waning enthusiasm and low spirits, and its resuscitation by APRM Heads of State in 2016, followed by the successful revitalisation and closer integration into the AU family during the years 2016-2021!
Forty (40) countries have voluntarily joined the APRM over the years, with two (2) more slated to join at the upcoming 30th APRM Summit, scheduled for 25 March 2021.
Twenty-three (23) countries have undergone the APRM Country review process. Five (5) have opened themselves up again for second-generation reviews. Four have completed targeted reviews on specific governance challenges.
In 2021, Namibia has opted to subject itself to its maiden country review… and two more countries will join this elite group of governance reformers by the end of 2021.
In the past 18 years the APRM has seen tangible results because of the interventions and recommendations from its country review reports. Indeed, the Impact of the APRM on the Continent is real. It has:
In short, the APRM has been an indispensable tool for conducting grand, national policy debates on the past, present and future of governance in Member States. It has led to an open, frank, and non-intimidating debate on the manner, policies, and roadmap for governance improvements. It has therefore created new spaces for citizen participation in public affairs and provided a niche that progressive Africans can use to promote democracy, human rights, and African citizenship.
We do not seek to paint only a glossy picture of the achievements of the APRM, but to celebrate the incredible challenges that we have overcome. We also take this time to celebrate the fact that we stand as a respected voice in the governance narrative of the Continent.
We celebrate a Mechanism that is conceived by Africans for Africans… a Mechanism which has endured so much, but through the determination and perseverance of our Leaders, we have come to this point, where we can confidently pat ourselves on the back, for a job well done, and act as a reference for Africa to 2063, through our latest Africa Governance Report on Africa Governance Futures Scenarios …
…nevertheless, a lot still stands before us! We have very ambitious objectives that we have set for ourselves including:
Here’s to APRM 2023…. Here’s to the African we all want, an Africa we are all proud of.