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Title:Inadequately Self-Critical: Rwanda's Self-Assessment for the African Peer Review Mechanism
Author:Jordaan, Eduard
Year:2006
Periodical:African affairs: the journal of the Royal African Society
Volume:105
Issue:420
Period:July
Pages:333-351
Language:English
Geographic term:Rwanda
Subjects:governance
development
NEPAD
Politics and Government
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Inter-African Relations
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=4DD69035C1DF395DBE35
Abstract:During the first stage of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) peer review process, the country under review compiles a report on the state of economic, political, social, and corporate governance in the country. This article examines Rwanda's evaluation of its political governance during this first stage, as reflected in the January 2005 version of this country's self-assessment report. After sketching the compromised political environment in which the report was written, it is indicated how this rosy report inadequately addresses a number of serious political problems in Rwanda, such as Rwanda's involvement in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the inadequate separation of powers in the Rwandan political system, tensions in Rwandan society, and the flawed presidential and parliamentary elections of 2003. While it remains to be seen to what extent Rwanda either acknowledges its political problems in the final version of its self-assessment report, or is censured in the subsequent stages of the peer review process, the article concludes that the greater the failure to do either, the greater the doubt that will linger over the value of the African peer-review exercise. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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