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Addressing the Causes and Consequences of the Farmer-Herder Conflict in Ghana

For several years, tensions have existed between local farmers and Fulani herdsmen in Ghana. However, various factors have recently, contributed to the tensions taking on a violent nature and becoming one of Ghana’s foremost security threats. Based …

Cyber Security in Ghana: Evaluating Readiness for the Future

This policy briefs seeks to analyze the nature of cyber security threats in Ghana and evaluate the progress that the government has made in readying itself for future challenges. The report will explore recent legislative efforts in Ghana, across We…

Ghana's 2012 Elections: Lessons Learnt Towards Sustaining Peace and Democratic Stability

This policy paper discusses the security challenges that emerged before, during and in the immediate aftermath of the declaration of the election results. Based on the identified challenges in all three phases of the elections, it draws key lessons …

Incorporating Human Security in Regional Integration: The Case of CEMAC

The Paper looks at integration efforts in the Economic Monetary Community of Central African States (CEMAC) but seeks to push human security and development as primary efforts in this integration process. The paper concludes that there should be mor…

State Actors and Traditional Authorities in Ghana: Collaborative Provision of Peace and Security

This Policy Brief examines the relationship between state actors and traditional authorities in Ghana in regard to the provision of peace and security. It explains the necessity of a collaborative approach and delineates the existing framework for i…

Colloquium on Ensuring Peaceful Elections in Ghana: 'Preserving National Security in Elections 2012 and Beyond’

The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) supported by the German International Development Cooperation (GIZ) and other partners is organizing a colloquium to critically consider the possible challenges and threats to peace …

Expert-level Seminar on Regional Perspectives and Experience on Security Sector Reforms and Protection of Civilians

An Expert-Level Seminar on Regional Perspectives and Experiences on Security Sector Reform and Protection of Civilians was held at Busua Beach Resort from the 12 to13 December 2012. It was organised by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Trai…

Policy Forum on Inter-Linkages of Security Sector Reform (SSR) and the Protection of Civilians (POC) in Africa

One vital aspect of the Protection of Civilians (PoC) relates to the establishment of a protective environment. This includes ensuring that national institutions have the capacity to protect civilians by enhancing security and the rule of law, in ac…

Understanding and Working with Local Sources of Peace, Security and Justice in West Africa

The workshop created a platform for exchanges that are rare under normal circumstances. For example, it gave opportunities for members of youth groups to directly voice their frustration with chiefs, and for chiefs to respond to these, and for commu…

Revisiting the Trajectory of Regime Change in Africa - The Case of Mali

This policy brief argues that West Africa is not out of the woods with regards to unconstitutional changes in government as the region is increasingly witnessing crises of governance and democratic reversals. Regional and international actors need …

Corruption and State Instability in West Africa: An Examination of Policy Options

This paper raises a number of questions on corruption and state instability in West Africa and attempts to answer them: (a) What are the manifestations of corruption in West Africa? (b) Is there a causal relationship between corruption and state in…

Local Rules?! The Practices of Conflict Resolution by the United Nations in Liberia

The first part of this paper outlines the theoretical framework. Conflict resolution is regarded as culture specific. In consequence, culture acts as an enabler for local conflict resolution. With culture embedded in a practical approach to conflic…

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