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THE WEST AFRICAN CENTRE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE APRM: A CASE FOR PROMOTING GOOD GOVERNANCE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ms Cornelia Amoah – Public Affairs Officer, NAPRM-Governing Council Secretariat   
Friday, 15 October 2010 15:03

GHANA AND BENIN IN COLLABORATION WITH THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND REGIONAL INTEGRATION HOST SUB-REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A WEST AFRICAN CENTRE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE AFRICAN PEER REVIEW MECHANISM (APRM) IN ACCRA.

The National African Peer Review Mechanism – Governing Council in collaboration with the APRM Commission of Benin and the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) will from Monday the 18th  of October 2010 host a 3-day conference under the theme “The West African Center for the Advancement of APRM: A Case for Promoting Good Governance “

 

To date 30 countries have acc

 eded to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and 9 of these are in the West African sub-region. The conference therefore aims to create a platform for sharing experiences and lessons learned in the implementation of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in the West African sub-region. The conference will also garner support for the establishment of a knowledge-based organization that would promote good governance and democracy in the sub-region.  

The knowledge based organization, to be known as the West African Centre for the Advancement of the APRM (WACAA) will serve as the sub-regional organization under the African Governance Architecture. The added value for WACAA relates to a number of unique features:
  • It relies on the practical experiences of the participating countries at different levels of implementation of the APRM including capturing the voices of at the grassroots;
  • Breaks down linguistic barriers which have impeded the West African integration process;
  • Confronts common problems and finds common solutions in the West African sub-region through the sharing of experiences and practices;
  • Avoids the re-invention of a new wheel for new participating countries in the APRM. 
The WACAA is conceived as both a process and a structure. As a process, WACAA has the following specific objectives - to coordinate the production, dissemination and sharing of knowledge and information on the APRM in West Africa; to promote popular ownership and participation, bottom-up development and civic education. It also seeks to decentralize the APRM implementation process and introduce findings to enhance effective governance in local authorities; mobilize national and international expertise to undertake research and to interrogate methodologies to improve the APRM, and share lessons learned and best practices gained among the participating countries.As a structure WACAA would have a regional coordinating secretariat to implement activities.

Participants to the conference are drawn from countries in the sub-region – Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, as well as from other countries – Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, Lesotho and South Africa. Representatives from Parliaments, Development Planning Commissions/Departments, research institutions, and civil society organizations, as well as ECOWAS, UNDP, UNECA and the African Development Bank will also be present. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 October 2010 23:30