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Djibouti: Using the APRM to improve national governance monitoring

Data, partnerships, and capacities for assessing governance are important elements in Djibouti's preperations for the APRM. Djibouti's score on governance was particularly poor in the international comparisons led by the World Bank from 1996 to 2008. One of the main obstacles  to progress in this regard was the absence of an appropriate information system with reliable indicators and data on governance in the country.
This deficiency was identified by the first national governance report in 2007, and Djibouti subsequently signed up for the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). Joining the APRM  requires the availability of accurate data and adequate measuring instruments. Yet Djibouti does not yet have a monitoring and evaluation system to assess the current state of governance in the country and to measure the impact of governance programmes implemented by the government.
This project supports the government's preparations for the APRM process, including the design of a national governance monitoring system to ensure that governance continues to be monitored post-APRM. 


Specific objectives of the project include:

  • the development and implementation of a comprehensive system for measuring and monitoring national development efforts related to good governance
  • capacity building of governance actors in the design, production and use of data on governance tailored to the needs of the country
  • providing technical support to the government in carrying out the APRM process and implementing its recommendations.

The project is led by the General Secretariat of Government, in partnership with the National Committee on Governance and the National APRM Committee, which includes representatives of key Ministries, the National Statistical Office (DISED), the M&E Unit of the National Development Strategy (INDS), based in the Ministry of Social Solidarity, the Centre for Studies and Research at the University of Djibouti, as well as representatives of the private sector and civil society organizations.