Mission & Objectives

AfriMAP, the Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project, is an initiative of the Soros Foundation Network’s four African foundations, and works with national civil society organizations to conduct systematic audits of government performance in three areas: the justice sector and the rule of law; political participation and democracy; and effective delivery of public services.

AfriMAP aims to:

– Produce reports identifying achievements and challenges in complying with international standards relating to human rights, the rule of law and accountable government, and suggesting means to improve performance

– Support and promote the active engagement of civil society organisations as independent monitors of government

– Complement and engage in critical dialogue with the African Union and its monitoring efforts, particularly the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)

How we work

AfriMAP works with African civil society organizations and the Open Society Institute’s African foundations to research and publish reports on themes related to governance in individual African countries. The reports are based on a standardized reporting framework that – like the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) – links respect for human rights and good governance to development that benefits poor people. AfriMAP aims to complement the broad-based APRM reporting process by going into greater depth in specific areas that are critical to the development of democracy and respect for the rule of law in Africa.