EISA, a NGO that promotes credible elections and democratic governance in Africa, is hosting a two day symposium on “Strengthening Democratic Governance through the APRM: A Civil Society Dialogue”, from 21-22 October 2008 in Maputo, Mozambique.
The 2008 Annual Symposium will be the third event of its kind organised by EISA. In 2006, the symposium examined the challenges of conflict, democracy and development in Africa. In 2007, it looked at sustainable democratic governance, asking the question whether democracy works in Africa under conditions of entrenched poverty and enfeebled institutions. In 2008, the symposium focuses on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). It will draw upon the experiences of policy makers and civil society stakeholders over the five yeas since its inception in 2003. It will also interrogate the mechanism's impact on African governance around its four thematic areas, namely:
- Democracy and political governance
- Economic governance and management
- Corporate governance; and
- Socio-economic development
The main thrust of this symposium will be to unravel whether the APRM has had a positive impact on the governance landscape in participating states thus far. In grappling with this complex question, the symposium will draw lessons from country experiences and identify areas where the APRM has had a notable impact as well as areas where there is a need for further improvement and reinforcement.
The primary goal of the symposium is to interrogate the early successes and shortcomings of the APRM process, draw lessons for future participants in the APRM from early country experiences, and provide an opportunity for key stakeholders in the APRM process at many levels to engage with and debate these issues.
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