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
Peacebuilding in Congo | July 26, 2015

Redefining Peacekeeping: The Force Intervention Brigade in the Democratic Republic of Congo

“The coming together of the UN, AU, SADC, and ICGLR to conceptualize and operationalize the FIB demonstrates that hybridization in peacekeeping can work, especially if each intergovernmental organization is allowed to bring to the table its interoperable strengths. African countries provide the troops and equipment to form the brigade, while the UN provides the funding and logistical coordination. When peacekeeping operations are undertaken cooperatively, positive results are easier to achieve.”

Photo credit to MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti via Flickr user MONUSCO Photos. Taken on July 17, 2013. CC BY-SA 2.0. Image cropped to fit screen. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/monusco/9314136394/
FIB South African infantry units listen to a briefing during training.