Allow me to welcome readers to the APRM’s 2017 Annual Report. Much has been achieved by the Mechanism since its founding fourteen years ago in March 2003. APRM reports have revealed best practices shared amongst Member States, as well as governance shortcomings, including cross-cutting issues that affect more than one thematic area, that require a holistic solution due to their impact on the quality of governance. These, as identified by many of our reports, have included gender inequality; youth unemployment; management of land and diversity and implementation gaps with respect to government programs. Our Member States need to work at all levels to address these critical challenges to raise the bar on implementation, with the encouragement and under the watch of properly functioning civil society organisations to ensure accountability to our citizenry.