The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM): African Solutions to African Problems?
Keywords:Africa, Development, Mechanism, Partnership, Peer Review,
NEPAD is an initiative of African leaders with the objective of seeking African solutions to the security and development challenges of the African continent. Given this laudable objective, this paper employed both primary and secondary sources to assess the performance of NEPAD and its major instrument – the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). The paper observed that NEPAD has succeeded to some extents in making Africa more transparent and consequently, secure debt relief and Official Development Assistance, amongst other things. However, NEPAD and APRM are challenged by a number of factors, with finance being the biggest threat to keeping the laudable idea chiefly an African affair. There is also the lack of enforcing APRM findings and recommendations after peer review processes. The study concluded that for NEPAD and APRM to avoid extra-African interference from donor countries, objectives and programmes must be cut down to financially manageable numbers. Other recommendations include that member states must accept the results of the peer review in good faith and strive to improve on their areas of deficiency. While peer pressure must be used to bring about compliance to reviews and recommendations, peer reviews must be fair, transparent and friendly.