THE AGENDA FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA: AN ASSESSMENT OF THE RELEVANCE OF THE

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Over the years, the concept of good governance, which guided the study has become the mantra for donor partners, the Global West and some NGOs, as an ideal way of addressing the perennial problems facing developing countries. Good governance eventually became a precondition for aid in Africa in an attempt to propel African leaders to respect human rights, implement economic reforms, ensure alternation of power in a free and fair election, among others. Among other things, African leaders adopted the AU and its constitutive Act in 2002, which as part of its aim is to promote democratic principles and institutions, popular participation and good governance, as well as sustainable development in Africa. Accordingly, the most significant and striking task that came with the creation of the AU and the adoption of its Constitutive Act is the mandate it has been given to promote democracy and good governance in Africa. The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the AU’s accompanying development paradigm has become a prerequisite for good governance. The peer review mechanism, the African Peer Review (APR), was incorporated into the dual efforts of NEPAD and the AU to monitor African Heads of State in an effort to ensure sound governance of their colleagues. The APRM’s ultimate objective is to establish good governance in Africa, which is considered by NEPAD to be the sine qua non for development in Africa. Thus, this research aims to explore the APRM’s efficacy in promoting good governance practices and development in Africa, with much focus on Ghana. The research employed a qualitative method, and more precisely a case study approach, in apprising the APRM. This research uses semi-structured, flexible interview guide as an instrument for data collection, with a sample size of ten. The main finding of this research is that the peer review process through the APRM has ensured the promotion of good governance in Africa, paving the way for ‘open governance’ and inputs from citizens. The peer review mechanism offers a chance for participating nations to become conscious of the strengths and weaknesses of their policy making, governance institutions and procedures, and to share best practices of administrative, political, and financial management. It offers a forum for dialogue, peer learning, and regional and continental cooperation in which the challenges facing African countries, both individually and collectively, can be tackled. Nonetheless, the APRM has encountered some challenges which has impeded its efficiency and effectiveness. These limitations include; the APRM’s voluntary nature, issues with the APRM’s national and continental structures, absence of adequate financing, the lack of political will, and leadership crisis in Africa. It is essential for the APRM to address these barriers in order to achieve its complete potential. The research provides a number of suggestions for this purpose, which would make the APRM more efficient if implemented.

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APA

SSA, R (2021). THE AGENDA FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA: AN ASSESSMENT OF THE RELEVANCE OF THE. Afribary.com: Retrieved April 17, 2021, from https://afribary.com/works/the-agenda-for-good-governance-and-development-in-africa-an-assessment-of-the-relevance-of-the

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Research, SSA. "THE AGENDA FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA: AN ASSESSMENT OF THE RELEVANCE OF THE" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 01 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/the-agenda-for-good-governance-and-development-in-africa-an-assessment-of-the-relevance-of-the . Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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Research, SSA. "THE AGENDA FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA: AN ASSESSMENT OF THE RELEVANCE OF THE". Afribary.com, Afribary.com, 01 Apr. 2021. Web. 17 Apr. 2021. < https://afribary.com/works/the-agenda-for-good-governance-and-development-in-africa-an-assessment-of-the-relevance-of-the >.

Chicago

Research, SSA. "THE AGENDA FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA: AN ASSESSMENT OF THE RELEVANCE OF THE" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed April 17, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/the-agenda-for-good-governance-and-development-in-africa-an-assessment-of-the-relevance-of-the