Amanda Lucey and Liezelle Kumalo
Liberia and South Sudan represent important case studies for what sustaining peace means in practice. They provide an opportunity to interrogate how the United Nations (UN) can ensure greater inclusivity in activities carried out across the sustaining peace spectrum, including mediation, security sector reform and institution building. With the current UN focus on sustaining peace, this report provides practical recommendations for more inclusive processes.
DR Congo: New ‘Kivu Security Tracker’ Maps Eastern Violence
(Goma) – The new Kivu Security Tracker will map violence by armed groups and Congolese security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern Kivu provinces, Human Rights Watch and the New York University-based Congo Research Group said today. The joint project will monitor the worst violence in North and South Kivu provinces through maps, graphs, and analytical reports.
Given the AU’s understanding of the need for localised solutions, its facilitator role should be maximised.
BY LIEZELLE KUMALO AND AMANDA LUCEY
Amanda Lucey and Liezelle KumaloThe implementation of South Sudan’s latest peace agreement appears to be at a standstill. Insecurity, food shortages and the breakdown in governance have forced more than 1.5 million people to flee the country. President Salva Kiir’s announcement of a forthcoming national dialogue offers some hope. Yet people are divided on the legitimacy of the process: is this a ruse to detract attention from important reforms, or is it an opportunity to finally broaden the political process in South Sudan?
Building data responsibility into humanitarian action is the first UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs think brief to explore what constitutes the responsible use of data in humanitarian response. It was co written by the Signal Program, NYU Gov Lab and the Center for Innovation at Leiden University.
This paper identifies the critical issues humanitarians face as they strive to responsibly use data in operations. It also proposes an initial framework for data responsibility.
A number of European countries are considering playing a greater military role in UN peacekeeping. However, they have many concerns about the UN's systems for managing missions, which differ markedly from NATO and EU standards. Ireland, which has been a regular contributor to UN forces throughout the post-Cold War period, is unusually well placed to address these concerns and sort fact from fiction about how the UN works.
by Alex Evans
Ethiopia’s resource scarcity context presents a daunting challenge, but also a significant opportunity. The country’s current scarcity context includes:
• Low agricultural yields and farm sizes: Even if farm productivity were to increase by a factor of three, the average farm would still not produce enough food for a family of five. With 83% of Ethiopia’s people directly dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods, the country has a major food security challenge; 7.5 million people depend on food safety nets.
This report is based on a study on the
level of crisis readiness among government, business, and nonprofit organizations
in the U.S. The findings show that a large number of organizations lack
effective preparedness programs to respond to and recovery from a crisis.