Clarifying the roles of the African Union (AU) and subregional organisations is a central element of the AU reforms. It is key in terms of managing expectations about what the AU can or cannot do, as well as coordinating Africa’s responses to avoid duplication of efforts. But this issue is also divisive, and it is unclear whether AU member states will reach a concrete decision on a division of labour at the upcoming extraordinary summit on reforms in Addis Ababa on 17 November.
To withstand the inevitable natural disasters climate change will bring, better disaster risk management must start now.
Human activity has caused the temperature of the Earth and its atmosphere to rise by about 1°C above pre-industrial levels, triggering fundamental changes to the planet’s physical and social landscapes. On 8 October an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that temperatures were rising faster than expected, and that 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels could occur as early as 2030.
The African Union (AU) has started setting up a Mediation Support Unit (MSU) at its headquarters in Addis Ababa. This is to support the various efforts across Africa to make peace. Technical obstacles, such as where the unit should be based, as well as problematic coordination between the various AU departments, are, however, slowing down its implementation.
Africa needs inclusive health and educational systems that eliminate the stigma around mental illness.
By Stellah Kwasi
The negative impact of armed conflict on the mental health of combatants is well documented. But it wasn’t until about two decades ago that literature on the effect of conflict on civilians began emerging.
Elections on 7 October could extend the status quo in a country that desperately needs stability.
By Mohamed M Diatta
Cameroonians will be voting for a new president this Sunday 7 October. The election comes at a critical time for the central African nation which until quite recently was a stable country in a turbulent region.
The ISS is seeking a researcher on conflict dynamics and the political, social and security conditions on the continent. The focus of this position is on the work of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council (PSC), its decision-making processes, and the impact this has on the AU’s ability to prevent and minimse conflict. Other instruments of the AU’s African Peace and Security Architecture are also relevant.
The ISS is seeking a researcher to work on counter-terrorism, preventing violent extremism and related human rights and rule of law issues in Africa. The researcher will undertake primary and secondary research and analysis, develop policy recommendations based on the findings, and actively communicate results to ISS stakeholders through written products, verbal communication and social media. The researcher will report to the head of the Transnational Threats and International Crime programme.
Overview of duties