The APRM has four main bodies at the continental level:
- APR Forum – a Committee of Participating Heads of States and Government of the Member States of the African Union that have voluntarily acceded to the APRM. The Forum is the highest decision-making authority of the APRM.
- The Panel of Eminent Persons exercises oversight of the APRM process with a view of ensuring the independence, professionalism and credibility of the process. It also oversees the selection of the APR Mission Teams and appoints them to conduct country reviews.
- The APRM Continental Secretariat – currently based in South Africa, provides technical, coordinating and administrative supports to the APRM.
- The APRM Focal Points Committee: is intermediary between the APR Forum and APR Secretariat comprising the Personal Representatives of Heads of State and Government Participating in the APRM.
This Committee deals with:
a) Budgetary process;
b) Resource mobilization through member states, partners and Donors;
c) Continuous interaction between the Secretariat, Focal Points and Partners;
d) APRM Trust Fund and Audit.