Featured-Header | February 1, 2018

Examining the Role of Youth in the Maï-Maï Yakutumba Insurgency

Youth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)—as everywhere else—are the main participants in violent conflict. They constitute the vast majority of the national army and the plethora of armed militias in Eastern DRC. One of the most recent self-styled ‘resistance’ movements attracting hundreds of young fighters to join its ranks is Maï-Maï Yakutumba. […]

Kivu Countryside
Kivu Countryside Photo Credit LM TP
Mediation & Reconciliation | January 31, 2018

Study on African Mediation Highlights the Significance of the Mandate

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Laurie Nathan, University of Pretoria Every mediation to resolve a major conflict in Africa is based on a mandate that shapes the process and outcome of peacemaking. This is true of mediations in Burundi, Congo, Kenya, Namibia, Sudan, Zimbabwe and many other countries. […]

In Africa mediation mandates are typically contained in resolutions passed by the UN the AU or sub-regional bodies that attempt to resolve conflicts. 
Tiksa Negeri/Reuters
In Africa mediation mandates are typically contained in resolutions passed by the UN the AU or sub-regional bodies that attempt to resolve conflicts. Tiksa Negeri/Reuters
Statebuilding & Security | January 23, 2018

Development and Statebuilding at the Cost of Peacebuilding? The Case of the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Building state institutions, providing services, and promoting economic development in conflict-affected regions are usually considered integral to peacebuilding. This essay interrogates that position by drawing on empirical evidence from fieldwork conducted in Ethiopia’s lower Omo Valley—a  marginalized region inhabited by agro-pastoralist groups such as the Mursi and Mela (Bodi) of Salamago district. There are several […]

Cement Factory in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. Source: 'Gavin Houtheusen/Department for International Development
Cement Factory in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. Source: 'Gavin Houtheusen/Department for International Development
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