Following the designation of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation as the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Strategic Partner by the 25th APR Forum, Abdoulie Janneh and Nathalie Delapalme paid a two-day working visit to the APRM Continental Secretariat in Johannesburg, South Africa. The visit discussed and agreed on the areas of collaboration between the two organisations and these will inform the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The APRM is an African owned and led self-assessment initiative, promoting good governance and socioeconomic development through the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, shared economic growth and sustainable development. Both organisations share common values, approaches and commitment with regard to promoting good governance in Africa.
The two organisations identified the following five areas for collaboration: knowledge and data sharing; harmonisation of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) with APRM processes, including the representation of APRM on the Advisory Council; capacity support to the Continental Secretariat; support of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to the continental drive for universal accession to the APRM; and participation of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in APRM Country Review Missions.
The meeting concluded with the organisations agreeing that they will meet once a quarter at the headquarters of the APRM Continental Secretariat to assess the state of the implementation of the strategic partnership and undertook to invite and/or partner with each other at their respective events.
The Forum of the Heads of State and Government of African Peer Review Mechanism participating countries decided at their 25th Summit of APR Forum held in Nairobi, Kenya on 26 August 2016, to include the Mo Ibrahim Foundation as one of the five Strategic Partners of APRM, along with the United Nations Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF).