Planning a new regional centre for West Africa

June 21, 2016
Eric Smith

Participants from several West African countries met in Accra, Ghana, in October 2010 to discuss establishing a centre to promote regional integration, good governance, and democracy.

The African Peer Review Mechanism, or APRM, is a self-monitoring tool that encourages member states of the African Union to bring their policies and practices in line with shared political, economic, and corporate governance standards. Speaking at the gathering, John Dramani Mahama, then vice-president of Ghana, expressed the hope that countries in the region would share best practices through the West African Centre for the Advancement of the APRM.

Participants endorsed the idea of establishing such a centre. The workshop report includes an executive summary, conference proceedings, and speeches.

IDRC funded related research at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Coordinated by UQAM’s Alain Grandbois and René Côté, the research resulted in seven background documents: