A new paper analyzes the performance of the African Peer Review Mechanism, as experienced in Kenya.
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In a recent position paper on the current political crisis in Kenya, Bronwen Manby, Senior Programme Advisor with AfriMap at the Open Society Institute, discusses what can be learned from both the successes and failures of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) country review report on Kenya presented during the July 2006 African Summit. The author argues that observations made at the time regarding the political climate are just as valid today as they were then. Areas of concern noted by the APRM in 2006 include the role of prominent members of the ruling party and high ranking government officials in fuelling ethnic clashes, corruption regarding land allocation, economic and social inequality, and an implementation gap between policy and action. According to the paper, a major weakness of the APRM report was an inability to formulate a concrete program of action. The author also blames failures of the APRM on a lack of subsequent monitoring mechanisms, sanctions, and, in general, political will.