conflicts

TZ Government Urged to Empower Paralegals

The Miono Entrepreneurs Development Corporation, SHIMAWAMI, has urged the Tanzanian government to make deliberate moves to empower village paralegal officers if it seriously wants to address the increasing number of land conflicts countrywide.

The Miono Entrepreneurs Development Corporation, SHIMAWAMI, coordinator, Daudi Mwemkulo, the organisation, conducted a three-day capacity building training, to empower the village paralegal officers with needed skills to enable them assist their fellow villagers.

For Peace to Happen, We Need to Measure it Better

Policymakers face tough decisions when intervening in fragile and conflict-affected states. Donors are under pressure to spend resources wisely and effectively, but at the same time, there is a lack of evidence on which policies really work.

Conflict re-emerges across the world, which highlights the need to find long-term solutions to address instability. The relationship between political settlements (the political agreements upon which a state is based) and development is particularly vexing from an evidence-based perspective.

UN Commemorates the International Peace Day

According to Christopher Harress, as conflicts continue to rage in Ukraine, Syria and locations around Asia, Africa and South America, International Peace Day is perhaps a timely reminder of the alternatives that exist to violence.
 
The 2015 theme is ‘Partnerships for Peace -- Dignity for All’, according to the United Nations [UN] website, which notes the theme highlights the importance of all segments of society to work together and strive for peace.
 

UN: 60m People Fleeing Chaotic Lands

The United Nations (UN) says nearly 60 million people have been driven from their homes by war and persecution.

According to an annual report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, this is an unprecedented global exodus that has burdened fragile countries with waves of newcomers and littered deserts and seas with the bodies of those who died trying to reach safety.

Time for SADC to Admit Defeat in Madagascar as It Has, Effectively, in Zimbabwe

One sometimes wonders if the Southern African Development Community (SADC) should not simply give up the time-consuming and unrewarding business of trying to resolve political crises in its member states.

After five years of intensive SADC mediation in Zimbabwe, first led by then President Thabo Mbeki and thereafter by President Jacob Zuma, what has been achieved? Parliamentary and presidential elections that will be held on 31 July 2013 under essentially the same conditions as the violent and almost certainly rigged elections of March 2008, which prompted SADC’s intervention.

AU Members Tackle Conflicts on Africa

The African Union (AU) met to tackle ongoing conflicts on the continent, a day after the pan-African bloc held a lavish party to celebrate 50 years of existence.

Leaders also discussed a proposal to urge the International Criminal Court to back off on its bid to put Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, on trial for crimes against humanity related to the bloody 2007 election.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International has urged leaders to throw out the proposal, labelling it a ‘worrying attempt by the Kenyan authorities to avoid justice’.

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