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The Pros and Cons of the Criminal Jurisdiction of the Proposed African Court of Justice and Human Rights

"The problem of enforcement of human rights has always been a challenge in Africa. Many have sought a structural solution to this problem in the form of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) whose judgements would be indisputably bi…

African Journal on Conflict Resolution vol. 13, no. 2, 2013

The first article “Conflict and conflict resolution in Africa: Engaging the colonial factor” seeks to understand the ineffectiveness of efforts at conflict management in overcoming the disasters that brought the conflicts to the African continent. “…

Conflict Trends Issue 4 2013

In ‘Africa’s Concept of Unconstitutional Change of Government – How Appropriate?’ Egypt is the latest example of the African Union’s (AU) decision to declare events as an “unconstitutional change of government”, and to suspend Egypt’s AU membership …

Supporting International Climate Negotiators: A Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

"The poorest and most climate vulnerable countries have the most to lose from climate change, but are often unable to fully represent their interests in international climate negotiations. Since July 2011, CDKN’s Negotiations Support programme has …

Assessing Long-Term State Fragility in Africa: Prospects for 26 ‘more fragile’ Countries

"This monograph has presented a model of fragility drawn from the contemporary scholarly and practice-oriented literature, provided a long-term, ‘structural’ forecast on the future of Africa’s more fragile countries, and developed various alterna…

Universalising International Criminal Law The ICC, Africa and the Problem of Political Perceptions

"The aim of this paper is to discuss the universal reach and aspirations of the world’s first permanent International Criminal Court (ICC), why the ICC’s reach thus far has been focused exclusively on the African continent, and how this geographic …

Towards a Green Energy Revolution in Africa: Reflections on Waste-to-Energy Projects

"The twin processes of urbanisation and industrialisation are positively correlated with waste generation and energy consumption. Sadly, the global reliance on fossil fuels has contributed not only to new challenges of global warming, but also to pr…

Why Africa needs its private sector

"A key question for anyone thinking about Africa relates to whether and how its economies will expand. For most of the last decade or so, the global context has been benign for Africa because of the rise in commodities prices and falling global pric…

Africa's Job Challenge

"It is evident that Africa has much potential to achieve the long-term growth that is necessary for reducing inequality and alleviating poverty across the region. In order to do this, there are key pitfalls that need to be addressed, most importantl…

Backlash Against Democracy: The Regulation of Civil Society in Africa

"Among the many forces which contributed to the political liberalization of African nations, civil society formations played a pivotal role in dismantling authoritarian one-party rule and opening public space for wider political participation. Howe…

Sharing the Spoils

"Africa is struggling to come to grips with the concept of power sharing. Along with the return of military intervention and the abuse of religion, power sharing arrangements seem to be growing in popularity. Whether they are called unity government…

Climate and Development Outlook: Stories of Change from CDKN Issue No 1

In this document the first article “Towards action in the Caribbean” discusses this island nation’s vulnerability to extreme weather events and sea level rise. Their economies are also heavily dependent on imported fossil fuels. That’s why climate c…

Climate Change and Poverty Reduction

"Climate change will make it increasingly difficult to achieve and sustain development goals. This is largely because climate effects on poverty remain poorly understood, and poverty reduction strategies do not adequately support climate resilience.…

Planning Climate Compatible Development: Lessons from Experience

"Effective planning can both help make development resilient to the impacts of climate change and help policymakers identify opportunities to harness development benefits from lowering emissions. In developing countries, such planning requires the s…

Shaping the Durban Platform: Latin America and the Caribbean in a future High Ambition Deal

"After the longest session on record, governments at the COP17 in Durban in December 2011 agreed to negotiate by 2015 a climate deal to enter into force in 2020. The Durban Platform for enhanced Action defied predictions that the meeting in South…

Strengthening Climate Resilience in African Cities A Framework for Working with Informality

"The aim of this framework document is to provide guidance on how to build the resilience and sustainability of African cities by collaboratively working to reduce the vulnerability of residents, local businesses and public infrastructure and servic…

Managing Climate Extremes and Disasters in Africa: Lessons from the IPCC SREX Report

"This summary highlights the key findings of the SREX report from an African perspective, including an assessment of the science and the implications of this for society and sustainable development. The SREX report considers the effects of climate…

Strengthening Peer Learning in the African Peer Review Mechanism: The Case for Best Practices

"This policy briefing argues that best practices remain an underutilised output of the APRM, although they have the potential to stimulate and enhance robust engagement by all stakeholders. The best practices already identified in the 15 published …

Funding a More Equal Future: Philanthropy and Social Justice in Africa

"There is no doubt that philanthropy plays an important role in society whether it involves humanitarian assistance, advocacy or grant making. However, I want to focus on an element that is often ignored in discussions about philanthropy in Afr…

Whose Agenda? Power and Philanthropy in Africa

"Any discussion of power has to be situated within context. In Africa, there are glaring power imbalances at all levels of society and they take many different forms – gender relations, asset ownership and resource rights, patriarchal systems, polit…

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