Schools will only function properly when Mali’s government restores stability and security.
17 OCT 2017 / BY NADIA ADAM , EKATERINA GOLOVKO AND BOUBACAR SANGARÉ
As has been the case annually since the crisis in Mali erupted in 2012, the start of the school year on 9 October was ineffective countrywide. Hundreds of schools remained closed in the north and centre of the country because of rampant insecurity.
The African Union (AU) is making a renewed effort to help the Central African Republic (CAR) to its feet after having withdrawn from the country in 2014 and handed operations over to the United Nations (UN). The Peace and Security Council (PSC) is meeting on 16 October 2017 to discuss the implementation of the new AU Roadmap for the CAR. Ongoing violence, however, is hindering the various attempts at achieving a ceasefire and protecting CAR civilians.
The AU’s amnesty can only work if African governments implement existing arms regulations.
BY NELSON ALUSALA
Last month the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) kicked off its amnesty period for the surrender of illegally owned arms. The annual month-long initiative, to be observed every September, is part of the AU’s effort to implement its road map on practical steps to ‘silence the guns in Africa by 2020’.
On 12 July 2017 the Peace and Security Council (PSC) renewed the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for another year – with a number of critical changes. The PSC is also set to receive a briefing on AMISOM on Tuesday 3 October. The new mandate of the largest Africa-led peace-support operation is less about fighting al-Shabaab and more about supporting the Federal Government of Somalia to establish a functioning and effective security sector architecture. This comes as the AU is considering a gradual exit from Somalia.
Last month the Peace and Security Council (PSC) held another in a series of meetings on the effects of drought on the state of peace and security in Africa. As mitigating the effects of climate change increasingly features on the international agenda, the PSC is still trying to find entry points to position itself on this critical issue.
Over the last two years the PSC has met four times on climate change’s impact on the stability of the continent.
The ISS seeks to appoint a dynamic and experienced Programme Administrator (PA) in the Transnational Threats and International Crime (TTIC) programme in Pretoria. The main function of this position is to ensure effective financial and general administration in the programme. The PA will also provide administrative, management and logistical support to the programme head and team members. Events coordination is also an important requirement as the programme regularly hosts seminars, training workshops and international conferences.