Grant Masterson (EISA) participated in a high level meeting between delegates of the African Union Commission, the European Union, AU partner organisations and representatives of civil society and academia. The meeting was jointly hosted and organised by the Institut Africain de la Gouvernance (IAG) and the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) in Dakar, Senegal on the 26-27 February 2009.
Discussions examined ways in which institutions and structures with links to the African Union can contribute to and support the Africa EU partnership agreement, developed between the AU and the EU. The discussions focussed on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the unique contribution this has made to the improvement of governance standards and practices in African states.
Delegates included former APR Panel of Eminent Persons member Madame Angelique Savanné, who provided critical and valuable insight into the first six years of the APRM’s existence. The discussions deferred the issue of the mechanics of the African EU partnership agreement to a later meeting due to the absence of key persons from important institutions and bureaus. However, the discussions around the APRM itself were vigorous and detailed.
The consensus was that the APRM has achieved a substantial amount in its brief existence, and that this work needs to be deepened and entrenched at the national, regional and continental level by all APRM member states.