The African Union must play a bigger role in preventing conflict and building sustainable peace.
BY GUSTAVO DE CARVALHO
To make a real difference, the worthy London Conference outcomes need dedicated action from all partners.
BY MERESSA K DESSU AND OMAR S MAHMOOD
Drought, a lack of security and inclusive politics, unemployment and poverty, piracy and the terror group al-Shabaab continue to plague Somalia. And while there has been progress in addressing these challenges, it isn’t enough.
Looming funding cuts should urge the AU to fill crucial peacekeeping doctrinal gaps.
BY ANNETTE LEIJENAAR AND GUSTAVO DE CARVALHO
At the end of April, the United States (US) may cut a substantial amount of its development support budgets, including up to 40% of its contribution to United Nations (UN) peacekeeping, and 30% of its overall foreign aid. Whether or not the US Congress approves the proposed budget cuts, this has put organisations like the UN and the African Union (AU) on high alert.
On 11 May 2017 the international community will be called upon to put its hands deeper into its pockets at the planned London Conference on Somalia. The African Union (AU) has decided to withdraw from the country by 2018 and is arguing for a final push against al-Shabaab before that date – a costly undertaking. Humanitarian aid is also needed due to drought and a cholera epidemic in the country.
The African Union (AU) is struggling to convince all the stakeholders in Darfur to agree to a binding ceasefire based on a comprehensive agreement. The array of rebel movements and factions in Darfur makes for an increasingly complex situation, compounded by clashes among ethnic groups at the community level.