An apparent legalism tends to obscure and hide a regional landscape too often characterized by constitutional violations, the rigging of elections, the confusion of powers, the impasses and offsets of poverty reduction strategies, impunity and corruption. Regional and continental mechanisms to ensure democratic governance (APRM - African Peer Review Mechanism - on Democracy and Good Governance) are often ineffective.
In this context, PIWA seeks greater accountability from policy makers, greater transparency in the functioning of public institutions, and greater participation of citizens in the decisions that affect their lives.
Here the priorities of PIWA are:
• At the local level: Decentralization, with a particular emphasis on local management of natural and financial resources, and budget mentoring.
• At the regional level: critical promotion and mentoring of regional institutions in favour of a regional integration of citizen by the bottom.