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Preventing Conflict in Central Africa ECCAS caught Between Ambitions, Challenges and Reality

The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) has a long way to go in preventing regional crises. Many challenges remain in making the infrastructure (especially the Central African Early Warning Mechanism and the Central African Multi…

Balancing Extractive Activities and Biodiversity Conservation in the Congo Basin: Opportunities for Green Growth

"The Congo Basin forest is the second largest intact tropical rainforest in the world and also contains mineral deposits of economic importance. This paper discuss challenges and opportunities for balancing extractive sector activities and biodivers…

Policy Axes that can Uphold Agricultural Innovations for Climate Change Adaptations & Food Security in Central Africa: Case of Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Central Republic of Africa

"This paper sought to find policies that can promote agricultural innovations for climate change adaptation and food security in Central Africa. Given the characteristics of climate change and policy gaps as shown above, it is imperative to pursue p…

Peace Building in Africa: Bridging Theory and Practice

"Peacebuilding in Africa: Bridging Theory and Practice took place in Bujumbura, Burundi, at the end of November 2012. Over the course of three days, the conference gathered together peacebuilding practitioners and scholars from the Great Lakes and H…

The Peace Process in the DRC: A Transformation Quagmire

"Since the 1990s the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has continued to be mired in intractable conflicts. Despite the establishment of an elected government in 2006 following the implementation of a series of peace agreements, the country stil…

Other Facets no 34

‘New mineral certification scheme launched’ shows that as the navel grazing and vacillation over Zimbabwe has shown a range of new mineral certification and conflict prevention initiatives are rapidly overtaking the KP – in thought and substance. ‘Z…

Exploring the Post Gaddafi Repercussions in the Sahel

"The Arab Spring that greeted North Africa and resulted in the fall of the Gadaffi regime has brought in its wake consequences that transcend national boundaries. One region in Africa that is grappling with the post Gaddafi repercussions, is the Sah…

Preparing for Peace: The AU Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the LRA in Central Africa

"After more than 27 years of protracted atrocities instigated by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which has marauded and pillaged communities and abducted, maimed, displaced and killed civilians, the African Union (AU) regional cooperation strategy…

Exploring Strategic Priorities for Regional Agricultural R&D Investments in East and Central Africa

"Agriculture plays a dominant role in nearly all the countries of East and Central Africa, and many face similar agroecological, climatic, and development challenges. As a result, significant scale economies can be made through the regionalization o…

Political Economy of Regionalisation in Central Africa

"This monograph argues that until there is a positive alignment between political security and human security, the region will continue to face a human security crisis. In attempting to explain the absence of deep integration, the monograph borrows …

Research on Small Arms in Central Africa

"By the end of the seminar a number of things had become apparent. Most research in Central Africa has been conducted by foreign researchers, with very limited direct participation by locals. One consequence of this is that local people, including t…

Armed Conflict and Disarmament Selected Central African Case Studies

"This monograph considers the nature and extent of armed conflict, the misuse and proliferation of small arms, as well as disarmament processes (or the lack thereof) in three Central African states: the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Ce…

Congo At War: A Briefing of the Internal and External Players in the Central African Conflict

On 2 August 1998, barely 14 months after the end of the war initiated by the anti-Mobutu coalition, the emergence of a new armed movement announced the beginning of a further "war of liberation" in the Democratic Republic of Congo, this time against…

The Arusha conference: Moves toward a new grouping of states in Southern and Central Africa

This brief report describes the Southern African Development Co-ordination Conference held at Arusha, Tanzania, on 3 and 4 July 1979. The Conference aims to develop new infrastructure and create a new economic relationship in Southern Africa which…

The Security Challenges of Pastoralism in Central Africa

"Since it began in prehistoric times, pastoralism in Africa has been a story of perpetual movement by cattle and their herders, who have adapted to the region’s climatic and security constraints over thousands of years. In Central Africa, transhuman…

The Rise of Radical and Asymmetric Armed Insurgents in the Central African Sub-Region: A Causal Analysis

This policy brief investigated the recent surge of armed conflict in the central African sub-region. There is a particular focus on the causes of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. Though most post-colonial states on the African continent have e…

Multilateral Economic Development Efforts in Sub Saharan Africa

One can divide the world fairly easily into areas of wealth and poverty. In recent decades – there has been a concerted attempt by wealthier nations to assist poorer nations in becoming more prosperous. Starting with the Bretton Woods institutions…

Strengthening Constitutional Order and Upholding the Rule of Law in Central Africa: Reversing the Descent towards Symbolic Constitutionalism

Some of the challenges were examined in this article that have arisen as part of attempts during the past two decades to entrench a culture of constitutionalism and respect for law in Central Africa. It shows how, from a background of constitutions…

Estimating the Informal Cross-border Trade in Central Africa

Cameroon is the largest trading partner of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) countries. Despite belonging to the same sub-regional organization, the formal trade ties between Cameroon and its neighbours have been hampe…

The Peace-building role of Civil Society in Central Africa

The seminar, which was held from 10 to 12 April 2006 in Douala, Cameroon, brought together about 30 key actors in the peace and security field from civil society organisations; representatives of UN agencies based in central Africa and the Economic …

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