Mediation & Reconciliation | May 28, 2015

Women’s Involvement in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution among the Igbo of Southeastern Nigeria

“As the Igbo case demonstrates, governments and international organizations—in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa—have to ensure a narrative that extends beyond the usual stories of women as victims to how they use their agency and mobilize themselves to work for peace at home and within the community, and how those efforts may be formally recognized, documented, and scaled up on a continent striving for peace.”

Photo credit to Lindsay Mgbor / DFID via Flickr user DFID - UK Department for International Development.  Taken on February 1, 2011. This picture is licensed under CC BY 4.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/5567857707/
A Nigerian woman shares a smile.
Mediation & Reconciliation | November 5, 2013

Mediating in Madagascar: Bypassing the AU Ban on Coup Legitimization

A great political problem on the African continent is the scourge of coups have taken place over the past half century, one being in Madagascar in 2009. To combat these coups, the African Union has put in place a firm policy commitment to reject coups and other unconstitutional changes of government. While at first glance, the AU’s ban on coup legitimization is a decisive rejection of the military overthrow of governments and, thus, a compelling deterrent to future coups, it becomes clear upon further investigation that the ban itself is incompatible with mediation, which the AU invariably undertakes to restore constitutional order.

Photo credit to Flickr user ratozamanana. Photo taken on January 24, 2009 by Ratozamanana Andriankoto. This picture is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (new version CC BY 4.0). No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ratozamanana/3223344244
Andry Rajoelina parades through the streets after taking office.