"The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is a mutually agreed instrument voluntarily acceded to by the member states of the African Union (AU) as a self-monitoring mechanism.
The mandate of the APRM is to encourage conformity in regard to political, economic and corporate governance values, codes and standards, among African countries and the objectives in socio-economic development within the New Partnership for Africa's Development."
AfriMAP, the Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project, is an initiative of the Soros Foundation Network's four African foundations, and works with national civil society organizations to conduct systematic audits of government performance in three areas: the justice sector and the rule of law; political participation and democracy; and effective delivery of public services.
AfriMAP aims to:
Produce reports identifying achievements and challenges in complying with international standards relating to human rights, the rule of law and accountable government, and suggesting means to improve performance
Support and promote the active engagement of civil society organisations as independent monitors of government
Complement and engage in critical dialogue with the African Union and its monitoring efforts, particularly the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)
"The APRM is a system introduced by the African Union to help countries improve their governance. It is a way of looking forward while taking account of where we are today.
Participation in the system is voluntary. A Panel of Eminent Persons appointed by the APRM Secretariat oversees its implementation throughout Africa. South Africa's APRM process is overseen by our APRM Governing Council, which has ten civil society members and five from Government."
Formed in March 2001, GL began its work with a strong focus on “promoting gender equality in and through the media.” This work has two facets: research, training and advocacy for achieving greater gender sensitivity and balance within the media and in its editorial content; as well as strategic communication skills for gender activists and women in decision-making to better access and influence media content.
Over time, GL’s media focus has expanded to include work in the gender and governance field more broadly. GL’s pioneering work on developing strategic communications campaigns linked to the Sixteen Days of Activism on Gender violence has also grown to include initiatives to ensure sustained, year-long campaigns for ending gender violence.