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15 Aug 2017 description

Civil war, political instability, the presence of terrorist militias, drought, famine: the current situation for most countries in the Horn of Africa is a cause for concern. Because of the difficulties and despite the immense challenges, international commitment to the region has remained strong. Switzerland also has a presence on the ground: through its governmental institutions and NGOs, it is trying not only to deal with the most pressing issues but also to establish stability and lasting peace, either directly or by supporting local organizations.

03 Sep 2012 description

KOFF – swisspeace

  • ƒNew KOFF Roundtable Series on Water and Land Management ƒ
  • swisspeace Research Projects on Agribusiness and Conflicts ƒ
  • NCCR: Towards Global Transformation ƒ
  • KOFF Colombia Roundtable Relaunched

Focus

  • Land Governance in Fragile States
  • Water – From Conflict to Cooperation

News from Swiss NGOs

01 Feb 2012 description

KOFF – swisspeace

  • CSPM Training in Colombia
  • UNDP Mandate on Conflict Prevention
  • NCCR Workshop in Ethiopia
  • Women in Peace Negotiations

Focus

  • Difficult Security and Development Environment in Afghanistan

News from Swiss NGOs

  • Peace Watch Switzerland: Observing Stealth Resettlement
  • Society for Threatened Peoples: Chechen Archive Project
  • miva Switzerland: Mobile Judicial Hearings in DR Congo

News from Swiss Government Agencies

15 Sep 2007 description

Security

During the reporting period the overall security situation remained stable in both urban and rural areas. There were no reports of clashes.

31 Jul 2007 description


Security

Between 18-26 April, the TFG-Ethiopian forces undertook their second massive military operation against insurgents in Mogadishu, which included Islamist fighters and the Hawiye clan militia. The offensive aimed at bringing about a turning point in Somalia's political struggles. However, the offensive failed (see graph). Insurgency attacks continued, the possibility for a political solution was ruled out and the initiatives of external actors were constrained. The present update briefly assesses the overall situation since the offensive.

30 Jun 2007 description

During the reporting period the security situation in central Ethiopia remained relatively stable (see graph) but violence increased significantly in the volatile Somali Regional State (SRS). Conflict between the Ethiopian army and the two armed opposition groups, the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), reportedly continued.

Following the attack of the ONLF on Abole oilfield in late April, the government security forces launched a vast operation against the ONLF.

30 Apr 2007 description

Trends in Conflict and Cooperation

Security

In the period under review the internal and border security of Ethiopia deteriorated. Armed Ethiopian opposition movements intensified their attacks within Ethiopia. In early March, the Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF) abducted five Britons and eight Ethiopians on a visit to the northern part of the Afar Region close to the Eritrean border. The British citizens were released on 12 March and the Ethiopians on 23 April. Ethiopia dismissed ARDUF's claim of responsibility for the action and put the blame on Eritrea.

28 Feb 2007 description

POLITICAL

The unexpected stance taken by the majority of legal opposition parties against the ruling party's decision to militarily intervene in Somalia was believed to have weakened the position of the ruling party. It has also led to speculations that the growing gap between the EPRDF administration and the Ethiopian people could gain momentum. However, all these speculations proved unfounded after the successful Ethiopian military operation in Somalia.

31 Dec 2006 description

Monitoring activities in Ethiopia have temporarily been suspended since January 2006 due to the increased curbing of press freedoms and resulting effects on our Local Information Network. Consequently, there is no data set for the period under review. We have, however, included in this Special Update, a detailed list of events that are pertinent to the themes covered as background to the qualitative analysis.

Country Stability and Conflictive Domestic Events

Compared with the first half of the year, in the second half of 2006 internal conflictive events registered a sharp decline.

30 Jun 2006 description

Monitoring activities in Ethiopia have temporarily been suspended since January 2006 due to the increased curbing of press freedoms and resulting effects on our Local Information Network. Consequently, there is no data set for the period under review. We have, however, included in this Special Update, a detailed list of events that are pertinent to the themes covered as background to the qualitative analysis.

30 Jun 2005 description

Risk Assessment:

The Country Stability index shows a certain degree of improvement in January before deteriorating substantially in May and June. The proportion of Forceful Actions, though remaining at a low level during the first quarter of the year, rose significantly over the past three months.