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Studies in Reconstruction and Capacity Building in Post-conflict Countries in Africa: Some Lessons of Experience from Mozambique

"The purpose of this study is to document how Mozambique, a country that suffered catastrophic civil war, has addressed some critical capacity building challenges in the post-conflict reconstruction period, and to suggest some lessons and/or options…

Informal Taxation in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone: Taxpayers’ Experiences and Perceptions

Citizens often pay a range of ‘taxes’ that differ substantially from statutory policies, in low-income and post-conflict countries and particularly in rural areas. These ‘informal taxes’, paid to a variety of state and non-state actors, are frequent…

Reconstruction and Capacity Building in Post-Conflict Countries in Africa: a Summary of Lessons of Experience from Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Uganda

The main objective of the study has been to draw lessons of experience that could provide a guide to policies, strategies and instruments for post-conflict capacity-building initiatives. The four country studies highlighted the fact that root cau…

Studies in Reconstruction and Capacity Building in Post-conflict Countries in Africa: Some Lessons of Experience from Uganda

Post-colonial events in Uganda are easily divided into four periods corresponding to the dominant political regimes: the newly independent government under Milton Obote from 1963-71; the Amin era 1971-79; Obote 11 1980-85, the National Resistance Mo…

Studies in Reconstruction and Capacity Building in Post-conflict Countries in Africa: Some Lessons of Experience from Rwanda

"The Report is thematically organized. It starts with a theoretical presentation that informs the explanation of the nature of conflicts and their costs in the African settings. A short historical background of the Rwandan political economy follows …

Post Conflict Reconstruction in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

This report deals with the policy advisory group seminar, which was held in Cape Town on 19 and 20 April 2010 on the theme “Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)”. The meeting, which was held in response to a r…

Peacebuilding in Post Cold War Africa: Problems, Progress and Prospects

The research and policy seminar, discussed in this report, was held in Gaborone, Botswana from 25 to 28 August 2009 on the theme “Peace building in Africa”. The meeting discussed the interplay between local, regional and global forces in relation t…

War and Peace in the Great Lakes Region

This policy research seminar was held in Cape Town, from 19 to 20 March 2016 and convened about 30 prominent African and Western policymakers, scholars, and civil society activists to assess the major obstacles to peace and security in the Great Lak…

Towards a New Pax Africana: Making, Keeping and Building Peace in Post-Cold War Africa

The main objective of the Stellenbosch seminar was to assess the progress being made in peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peace building by the African Union (AU) and Africa’s regional economic communities (RECs) – the Southern African Development Co…

Peace versus Justice? Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and War Crime Tribunals in Africa

Whether moving from armed conflict; the end of authoritarian rule; or systematic state repression, there is often a demand in Africa’s post-conflict societies for justice that is often counter-balanced by the need for reconciliation. A key focus of…

Women in Post-Conflict Societies in Africa

The objective of the seminar was to discuss and identify concrete avenues for engendering reconstruction and peace processes in African societies emerging from conflict through a thorough and effective use of the Protocol to the African Charter on H…

Rebuilding after Conflict and Strengthening Fragile States: A View from Rwanda

Post-conflict states face more difficulties than others to develop. This is not surprising considering the many challenges associated with ensuring peace and stability, reconstructing the state, re-building infrastructure, etc. Africa indeed has a…

Post Conflict Reconstruction in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

This seminar report with the theme “Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)”, was held in response to a request from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) secretariat in Botswana and assessed the cha…

Activating Africa’s National Youth Policies for Successful PCRD

The risk of a resumption of violence in Africa’s post conflict countries will be significantly greater if states do not set in place inclusive, youth-focused policies and frameworks during the transition from conflict to peace. This policy brief, fo…

SA’s Post-Conflict Development and Peacebuilding Experiences in the DRC Lessons Learnt

"This policy brief analyses South Africa’s post-conflict development and peacebuilding engagements in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It identifies lessons learnt that could inform the policy and programming development of the envisaged Sou…

South Africa and South Sudan Lessons for Post-Conflict Development and Peacebuilding Partnerships

"This policy brief analyses South Africa’s post-conflict development and peacebuilding in South Sudan. South Africa has fraternal relations with South Sudan stemming from the ties of the liberation struggles of the African National Congress (ANC) a…

Debates in Post-Conflict Development in Africa Lessons for Development Agencies

"Post-conflict societies face enormous challenges and international development agencies work in complex and volatile contexts. This brief has argued that in order to do justice to the role that international assistance could play in supporting deve…

Enhancing South Africa’s Post-Conflict Development Role in the Africa Union

"This paper examines South Africa’s engagement in the AU, both broadly and more specifically in terms of PCRD and peacebuilding. It draws on desktop and field research to make observations about South Africa’s engagements to date. During March 2014…

Opportunities for Gender Justice and Reconciliation in South Sudan

"This Policy Brief explores the nexus of gender justice and reconciliation in South Sudan. It addresses women’s historical engagement in reconciliation processes in South Sudan at the grassroots and national levels and highlights their achievements …

Restive Jonglei From the Conflict's Roots to Reconciliation

"This working paper analyses the roots of the conflict in Jonglei state and the role of ethnic divisions in perpetuating the conflict, and interrogates the 2012 Jonglei peace processes to determine effective pathways towards authentic and sustainabl…

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