APRM Topics: Democracy & Good Political Governance
Good governance means creating well-functioning and accountable institutions – political, judicial and administrative – which citizens regards as legitimate, in which they participate in decisions that affect their daily lives and by which they are empowered – Kofi A. Annan.
The APRM, participating Heads of State and Government of the member states of the AU are committed to working with renewed effort towards:
- The Rule of Law;
- Equality of all before the law and the liberty of the individual;
- Individual and collective freedoms, including the right to form and join political parties and trade unions, in conformity with the constitution;
- Equality of Opportunity for all;
- The inalienable right of the individual to participate by means of free, credible and democratic political processes in periodically electing their leaders for a fixed term of office;
- Adherence to the doctrine of separation of powers including the protection of the independence of the judiciary and of effective parliaments.
Democracy and good political governance is the basis for the reduction of poverty and the promotion of sustainable development. It is an important prerequisite for successful economic, corporate and socio-economic governance. Democracy and Good political governance aims at ensuring that the rule of law prevails, the electoral process is independent and free from manipulation, and that the fundamental rights of the citizens of a country (human rights, as well as economic, social and cultural rights), the accountability of the government to the people and the stability of the political environment.