In a critical number of conflict-affected countries, aid workers face persistent levels of violence. The latest numbers from the 2017 Aid Worker Security Report found that 2016 was no better than the year prior, with 288 aid workers having either been killed, kidnapped, or severely injured. Apart from a spike in 2013, the overall level of casualties has been fairly steady for the past decade.
by Alice Debarre
Last week, war crimes expert Carla Del Ponte resigned from her position as head of the United Nations’ International Commission of Inquiry for Syria, declaring that “there is no justice for Syria” and lamenting the “lack of political backing” for the commission’s work. While those trends would appear to be undisputed at present, the resignation comes as cautious progress is being made on a mechanism hailed as potentially securing long-term accountability in Syria.
By José Luengo-Cabrera and Tessa Butler
Peacebuilding broadly involves a range of measures targeted at reducing the risk of countries lapsing or relapsing into violent conflict by strengthening national capacities and institutions at all levels of conflict management.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) holds the paradoxical status of possessing a rich mineral wealth at the same time as being one of the world’s least developed countries. It is among the world’s largest suppliers of copper and cobalt, yet corruption and conflict have left it ranked 176th of 187 countries in the latest United Nations Human Development Index (2015). This disconnection is likely to become starker in light of recent violence and instability.
by Youssef Mahmoud and Ameya Naik