SAIIA Conference

Civil society organisations in the SADC region are calling member states of the region to debate the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) with the hope of bringing it to the attention of the public. Raised at the conference today is the commitment of governments from the region to the APRM process.

Civil society has been called upon to engage their governments to accede to the Mechanism for purposes of self assessment, learning , celebrating best practices and improving the quality of life. On the table now is the discussion on the importance of committed volunteerism by SADC citizens to assist civil society to achieve the shared effort to improve the lives of the SADC citizens.

Also discussed is the importance of governments working closely with civil society to ensure that the protocols that are signed by SADC Member States are fully implemented. The conference is being organised by The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), the African Regional Office of the Open Society Foundations (AfRO) and the Southern African Development Community Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (SADC-CNGO), in collaboration with the continental African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Secretariat. Gaborone Sun-Botswana

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