Dream deferred? Democracy and Good Governance: An Assessment of the Findings of Uganda’s Country Self?Assessment Report under the African Peer Review Mechanism

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) heralds dawn of a new African continent with a commitment to redeem the continent in economic, social and political terms. One of the features of NEPAD is the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), based on the belief that no redemption can occur unless African countries engage in some form of self-assessment, critiqued through a peer review mechanism. The countries that have acceded to the APRM are expected to be objective and to carry out their self-assessment in all areas including good political governance, in good faith and in a transparent manner. Uganda has completed its Country Self Assessment Report (Self-Assessment Report) November 2007. It should be noted, however, that the credibility of a self-assessment report and its findings depends on how objective the process was and whether it was independent of political forces. The process in Uganda shows that the APRM process is to a certain extent state-centric, with a largely executive controlled body, the National Planning Authority (NPA), designated as the National Focal Point. In spite of this, the process of the actual preparation of the Report by the APRM Commission enjoyed relative independence from the government. The Commission was constituted, on the face of it, by a relatively politically independent team representing a wide array of stakeholders from both the public and private sector.
Mbazira, C. (2012). Dream deferred? Democracy and good governance: an assessment of the findings of Uganda’s country self-assessment report under the African Peer Mechanism. Human Rights and Peace Centre, Makerere University.