Africa’s cash-strapped governance self-assessment instrument is calling in former leaders to revive its popularity and get more of the 53 members of the continental body to sign up for it.
A meeting in Gaborone this week was unable to attract the founding fathers of the 12-year-old African Peer Review Mechanism.
But the will be called to attend meeting in Senegal in October and in North
Africa next year.
Former president Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria are being drafted to breathe new life into the APRM along with former Ghanaian leader John Kufuor and Joschim Chissano of Mozambique.
The mechanism was launched with fanfare in 2003.
Since then 35 African countries have acceded to it.
Half of them have undergone the process like of looking at their democracy, transparency and good governance and then reporting to African heads of state for their comment and analysis.
The APRM falls under the African Union umbrella but it not funded by it.
Jeggan Grey-Johnson of the Open Society Foundation sees this was a serious drawback.
APRM members are required to pay 80 000 euros a year to keep the system going.
Because a number of them have failed to do this, the mechanism is struggling to finance even its downsized budget.