ACCORD participates in the 2nd Joint Retreat of the APRM and AU PSC


Strengthening the relationship between the APRM and AU PSC

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) hosted their 2nd Annual Joint Retreat in Durban, South Africa from 14-15 November 2022.  

This 2nd Joint Retreat of the APRM and PSC was attended by former presidents, members of the APRM network, AU officials, including representatives from the fifteen members of the PSC, technical experts, government officials as well as the Premier of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, H.E. Nomsa Dube-Ncube.

The high-level discussion, focused on strengthening the nexus between governance, peace and security in Africa.  The panel, included the Former President of Burundi, H.E Domitien Ndayizeye; the Former President of Malawi, H.E. Joyce Banda; the current Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs for Uganda, H.E Nyirabashitsi Sarah Mateke; the Minister in charge of the APRM for Chad, H.E. Khayar Oumar Defallah; Ms Khouloud Baghouri the African Youth Ambassador for Peace for North Africa; and Dr Vasu Gounden, ACCORD’s Founder and Executive Director. 

The Joint Retreat also discussed the recently completed peer review reports of Namibia, Nigeria and South Africa as well as the upcoming 2023 African Governance Report.  Presentations during the sessions reflected on the lessons learnt from states that either have recently, or are currently going through transitions.  Further discussions focused on improving the co-operation amongst the PSC, Regional Economic Communities/Mechanisms (RECs/RMs) and the AU Council.

ACCORD and the APRM will continue to collaborate on activities, which promote their common objectives and initiatives aligned to Memorandum of Understanding signed on 2 September 2022. 

Article by:

Katharine Bebington