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Title:Grist for the Sceptic's Mill: Rwanda and the African Peer Review Mechanism
Author:Jordaan, Eduard
Year:2007
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Volume:25
Issue:3
Period:September
Pages:331-353
Language:English
Geographic term:Rwanda
Subjects:democratization
governance
NEPAD
evaluation
Politics and Government
Inter-African Relations
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02589000701662392
Abstract:What is the likelihood that NEPAD and its flagship initiative, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), will lead to greater democratization and respect for human rights? The author examines this question in relation to the situation in Rwanda, where the APRM process has been completed. He shows that it is extremely unlikely that the APRM will bend Rwanda towards greater democracy and respect for political freedom, for at least three reasons. First, the APRM lacks the ability and the will to force deeper democratization and respect for political rights on a recalcitrant Rwandan government. Second, the APRM holds a rather sanguine view of political governance in Rwanda: much of the criticism is wavering, na´ve in that it views the mere creation of new institutions as evidence of democratic commitment. Third, the APR Heads of State Forum (APR Forum), the highest decisionmaking body in the APRM, has already ratified a Rwandan programme of action that ignores issues of democracy and political freedom. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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