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Perspectives on the Role of Key Stakeholders in the DRC's Political Transition

"Does the DRC have the capacity, the visionary leadership, political will and resources to move towards a democratic society? This work attempts to answer these critical questions by reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of key stakeholders in …

Governance Quality and Government Commitment to the NEPAD African Peer Review Mechanism

"This paper investigates the relationship between the existing quality of a country’s political and economic governance and its government’s decision whether or not to participate in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) of the New Partnership fo…

Dialogue on Political Parties and Governance in the SADC Region: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia

"In this, the second of two workshops, eight countries are covered – Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. The workshops allowed researchers to present their findings and brough…

Election Update 2006 Republique Democratique du Congo No 1

This paper examines the pre electoral political setting of the July 2006 elections in the DRC. Some of the key issues discussed are as follows: Transition to Democracy, The Peace Process,History of Elections,Preparedness of the EMB, Preparedness of…

EISA Annual Report 2005

" The executive director stated that: in 2005 EISA opened a short term field office in Burundi to support the electoral process in this central African country which went through more than a decade long civil war. EISA successfully provided technica…

Zaire: The current state of play

This part of the briefing deals with recent domestic developments in Zaire, and covers major foreign policy issues. It also describes Mobutu's rise to power and the problems Zaire experienced under his rule.

Zaire: the Continuing Anarchy

This paper discusses the effects of post colonialism in Zaire and the tyrannic rule of President Mobutu.President Mobutu easily outclasses the most grasping of his counterparts. He rules over a state that has all but vanished while amassing a person…

The International Criminal Court and its work in Africa: Confronting the myths

"This paper is an attempt to grapple with certain myths that have recently been propagated by a number of individuals, including government officials, political leaders and civil society members (including the media), regarding the world’s first pe…

The challenge of building sustainable peace in the DRC

"Over the last ten years, the Democratic Republic of Congo has witnessed an extraordinary number of attempts by both regional and international actors to solve what is considered Africa's largest conflict. As we are about to celebrate the tenth anni…

Mediation efforts in Africa’s Great Lakes Region

"This paper reviews the mediation experiences by presenting a chronology that starts from Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi's intervention in Uganda's civil war in 1985 and ends with Botswana's former President Ketumile Masire's mediation of the conf…

The State of the Region Security Sector Governance in Southern Africa

"The aim of this conference was to explore dynamics that influence the democratic governance of the security sector in Southern Africa. The 1990s was a period of democratic transition for many states in Southern Africa. These transitions often enta…

Seminar report: Reconstructing fragility? The Post-Conflict State in the DRC

"The two-day seminar comprised seven sessions, as listed below. The seven main sessions included presentations of three to four experts, followed by a discussion: Session I: Evaluating the post-conflict state Session II: Management of natural reso…

HIV and AIDS and the African Military Towards a Common and Comprehensive Approach

"The Security Sector Governance (SSG) Programme hosts a number of projects including MilAIDS, which focuses on the mitigation of the impact of HIV and AIDS on armed forces in Africa. The purpose of the project is to inform and support the developme…

The Security Sector in Southern Africa

"The case studies in this monograph begin to close the gap by sketching the political environments that are operative in the selected countries; outlining the constitutional clauses and policy and legal frameworks that govern the security sector; p…

How long can Zaire survive?

This brief report deals with three topics: President Mobuto’s attempts to rescue Zaire’s troubled economy in order to receive further Western aid; the failure of communism in the People’s Republic of the Congo, which is turning to the capitalist wor…

Between Rhetoric and Action The Politics, Processes and Practice of the ICC’s Work in the DRC

"This monograph attempts to respond to some of the questions raised in respect of the work of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In this regard, it has three main objectives. First, by focusing on a…

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 …

Corruption and Governance in the DRC During the Transition Period (2003-2006)

"This study makes a modest contribution to a review of the transition period. It assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the anti-corruption institutions and laws that were in force during that time, evaluates the degree of their success or failure…

Private Security Sector in Africa: Country series

"As the debate around the private security industry continues, Africa in principle should not be isolated from it, because, if not properly understood, let alone effectively regulated, the industry could cause a major security threat to Africa. As t…

Completing the Demobilisation, Disarmament and Reintegration Process of Armed Groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Link to Security Sector Reform of FARDC

"This situation report examines the demo- bilisation process in the DRC, including the factors impacting on the process, the new Army Reform plan, the role of the STAREC and UNSSSS plans, challenges,recommendations and the way forward. Demobilisati…

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