Structures of the APRM
APR Heads of State Forum:
This is the committee of the Heads of State and Government of the countries taking part in the APRM. They can be thought of like the Board of Directors of a company; they have the highest decision-making authority, and have final say. The APR Forum also appoint the APR Panel, review the country reports and provide support or peer pressure to ensure that any problems in the country review are worked on.
APR Panel of Eminent Persons:
This is a panel of people that oversee the review process in individual countries, ensure the integrity of the process, consider review reports and make recommendations to the Forum. They make recommendations to the APR Forum. The panel is made up of 7 respectable people who are committed to Africa's development. The panel members are nominated by the particpating countries in the APRM and may serve for up to four years.
The secretariat provides all administrative support for the APRM, the offices are in South Africa. The secretariat is funded by voluntary contributions from countries that are participating in the APRM and by development partners.
APR Country Review Team:
These are appointed by the APR panel and only come in to play when there is a country review process. They come from different backgrounds, they range from business leaders to eminent academics so that they can be a balanced and professional review process. Their job is to conduct the country review mission under the supervision of one member of the Panel of Eminent Persons.
APR focal point:
Every participating country puts in place a focal ministry or government office which plays an important role in communication and coordination between the APR Secretariat and the APR Panel. The focal point develops the self monitoring mechanisms and ensures that all stakeholders have access to the process. In Zambia, the APR Focal Point is the Minister of Justice.
National Governing Council(NGC):
This is the body responsible for the implementation of the APRM at national level. It consists of representatives from a cross section of society, including; government, civil society, women groups, youth groups, trade unions and private sector. The role of the NGC is to work with all stakeholders and members of the public and private sector, in coming up with an objective and a technically competent country self assessment report.