The African Union declared 2010 to be the “African Year of Peace and Security,” with the campaign slogan urging people to “Make Peace Happen.” At a meeting in Tripoli in August 2009, African leaders committed themselves to dealing with conflict and violence, saying: “We as leaders simply cannot bequeath the burden of conflict to the next generation of Africans.” The chairperson of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping, said that “of the many challenges facing the AU and Africa, the quest for peace and security is the most pressing” and reaffirmed the AU’s commitment to peacebuilding efforts, in partnership with the international community.
In the first opinion piece on the AU Summit, we proposed that the theme chosen for the golden jubilee of the African Union - “Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance” - is a potential catalyst for a paradigm shift on the integration agenda and process. We suggested that this might be the legacy that the new AU Commission chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, is intent on leaving behind.
Brussels: Published on International Women's Day 2013, this survey presents the views of European citizens on gender equality and the empowerment of women in developing countries. It also tests how people believe to what extent certain problems affect men and women in these countries. At least nine out of 10 EU respondents thought that gender equality improves the way societies function and that all aid programmes should take specific account of women’s rights.
Nairobi; The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, the East African Community, and the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development jointly deployed an election observer mission in response to the invitation by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Kenya. The Joint Mission is respectively led by Amb. Dr. Simbi Veke Mubako (COMESA), Rt. Hon. Abdurrahman Kinana, Speaker Emeritus (EAC), and Amb. Dr. Berhane Ghebray (IGAD). The Joint Observer Mission has made its assessment of the electoral process in Kenya on the basis of the information gathered during meetings with relevant stakeholders and observation of the process. The preliminary conclusion for the period up to the polling and early stage of the counting process is that the will of Kenyan citizens has been freely expressed.
Harare: Zimbabwe must ensure that fundamental rights such as freedom of expression and association are respected in the run up to its constitutional referendum, United Nations experts said today, following reports of civil society organizations being subjected to searches, harassment and intimidation by the police.
Tunis: This Development Effectiveness Review (DER) on Governance is one of a series of reviews that we are producing to explore particular elements of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB or Bank) work. It explores our work in the governance sphere. Like other publications in the series, it is written in an accessible style in order to promote transparency and accountability to our member countries and stakeholders. It is also a management tool that helps us ensure that our operations are continually improving. It is widely acknowledged that the quality of governance is one of the most important factors in Africa’s development performance. Helping African countries build capable and responsive states is one of the strategic pillars of the Bank’s Long-Term Strategy.
Nairobi: One week before the elections in Kenya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, called on the Kenyan Government and the international community to significantly scale up efforts to prevent internal displacement in preparation for the elections due on Monday 4 March. “Instances of localized violence likely to result in the arbitrary displacement of persons in Kenya have steadily increased in the run up to the elections, although intervention by Government has helped to improve the situation,” Mr. Beyani said, recalling that internal displacement in the country has historically followed each election cycle since 1991/1992.
Harare: The MDC-T has dispatched to the regional SADC bloc a dossier on the recent upsurge in violence in Zimbabwe, the party's secretary-general Tendai Biti has said. Briefing journalists in Harare on Monday, the Finance Minister said his party will request SADC leaders to convene an extraordinary meeting to tackle the recent upsurge in electoral violence. 'Events in the country are degenerating into what happened in 2008. SADC must act now to prevent the escalation of violence,' Biti said.
Harare: Zimbabwe will only allow Southern African observers to monitor its harmonised elections to ensure foreign forces working against the country will not meddle in its internal political processes, Acting President Mujuru has said. Speaking at the burial of Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cde John Mayowe, at the National Heroes’ Acre yesterday, Cde Mujuru said hostile governments sought to infiltrate the country under the cover of election monitoring. She implored Zimbabweans to remain vigilant in the face of a protracted Western onslaught.
New York: Cocaine trafficking, the smuggling of migrants, and the trafficking of fraudulent pharmaceuticals are among the numerous damaging illegal activities perpetrated by transnational organized crime syndicates which continue to fuel instability across West Africa, a new United Nations report released today has warned. The report, a threat assessment issued by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and entitled Transnational Organized Crime in West Africa, cautions that the profit from cocaine trafficking alone may still be larger than the national security budgets of several West African countries, causing difficulties for local law enforcement.