Born out of the optimism at the new millennium that Africa's time had come, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), a tool designed to promote good governance on the continent, is built on the belief that the continent does not lack ideas to advance its development.
Steven Gruzd is head of the Governance and African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). He joined SAIIA's Nepad and Governance Project in April 2003, serving as research manager, and he was subsequently appointed head in 2008. Previously he worked as a researcher and then research co-ordinator at the Centre for Development and Enterprise. Steven's research interests include the APRM, South Africa's international relations, African affairs, the Middle East, conflict and peace studies, and sport and politics. He holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an honours and BA degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. He co-authored The African Peer Review Mechanism: Lessons from the Pioneers, the first major study of the APRM with Ross Herbert in 2008.