Africa Publications, June 2011

5 07 2011

A list of recent reports on Africa that were highlighted in the June issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Political Trends in the African Great Lakes Region
http://www.usip.org/publications/political-trends-in-the-african-great-lakes-region
Despite recent elections in Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda and upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Great Lakes region shows worrying trends toward electoral authoritarianism and political fragmentation, with new divisions that intensify the potential for confrontation. Source: U.S. Institute of Peace

Second-Order Effects in Sub-Saharan Africa
http://csis.org/publication/second-order-effects-sub-saharan-africa
The crisis in Libya has raised fears among security analysts that the ongoing conflict will destabilize the already fragile states of the Sahel and strengthen the hand of affiliates of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) operating in Mauritania, Mali, and Niger. There is good reason for these fears. Source: Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.

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Africa Publications, May 2011

1 06 2011

A list of recent reports on Africa that were highlighted in the May issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Congo: The Electoral Dilemma
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/africa/central-africa/dr-congo/175-congo-the-electoral-dilemma.aspx
Faced with the dilemma of respecting the constitutional deadline and organising botched elections, or ignoring that deadline and sliding into a situation of unconstitutional power, the Congolese authorities have chosen the first option. Source: International Crisis Group

Silencing the New Front: the Emergence of Widespread Torture against the Youth Movement
http://bit.ly/l7hDBv
The report documents the continued arrest and torture of students and youth at universities throughout Sudan, and in Abu Shouk and Al Salaam IDP Camps in El Fashir, North Darfur. Source: African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Africa Publications, April 2011

6 05 2011

A list of recent reports on Africa that were highlighted in the April issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Elections and Violence in Nigeria: The Question of Citizenship in Sub-Saharan Africa
http://bit.ly/mxqMx4
Since its independence in 1960, Nigeria’s ruling civilian and military elites have never engaged their fellow citizens in the type of robust civil discourse that would have allowed them to confront the critical issue of citizenship. Source: Brookings.

Politics and Transition in the New South Sudan
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/africa/horn-of-africa/sudan/172-politics-and-transition-in-the-new-south-sudan.aspx
Now that South Sudan’s referendum is complete and its independence from the North all but formalised, focus must increasingly shift to the political agenda at home. Source: International Crisis Group

Zimbabwe: The Road to Reform or Another Dead End?
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/africa/southern-africa/zimbabwe/173-zimbabwe-the-road-to-reform-or-another-dead-end.aspx
The situation in Zimbabwe is deteriorating again under a new wave of political violence organised by Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party, and the country faces another illegitimate election and crisis unless credible, enforceable reforms can first be implemented. Source: International Crisis Group

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Africa Publications, March 2011

4 04 2011

A list of recent reports on Africa that were highlighted in the March issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Challenges faced by women in Civil Society in Africa
http://www.civicus.org/images/stories/civicus/Challenges_Faced_by_Women_in_Civil_Society_in_Africa.pdf
The report’s conclusion argues that while advancements have been made in acknowledging the role and rights of women in recent years, there remain deeply rooted cultural, religious and patriarchal perceptions that continue to inhibit the work of women human rights defenders across the continent. Source: CIVICUS.

Côte d’Ivoire: Is War the Only Option?
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/africa/west-africa/cote-divoire/171-cote-divoire-is-war-the-only-option.aspx
Côte d’Ivoire is on the verge of a new civil war. This tragedy can only be avoided if Africans and the wider international community stand firm behind the democratically elected president, Alassane Ouattara, and he launches an initiative for reconciliation and a transitional government of national unity. Source: International Crisis Group.

International Law and the Right to Nationality in Sudan
http://www.soros.org/initiatives/justice/articles_publications/publications/sudan-nationality-20110218
In the aftermath of the referendums on the status of South Sudan and Abyei, questions surrounding nationality and citizenship loom especially large in Sudan. This report, published by the Open Society Foundations, weighs in on the debate and offers specific recommendations on the criteria that should be used to determine citizenship in the new entities. Source: Open Society Foundations.

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Africa publications, Feb 2011

8 03 2011

A list of recent reports on Africa that were highlighted in the February issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.  

Burundi: From Electoral Boycott to Political Impasse
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/africa/central-africa/burundi/169-burundi-from-electoral-boycott-to-political-impasse.aspx
Burundi risks reversing the decade of progress it has enjoyed since its civil war ended unless the government resumes political dialogue with the opposition.  Source: International Crisis Group.

 Militias, Rebels and Islamist Militants: Human Insecurity and State Crises in Africa
http://www.issafrica.org/pgcontent.php?UID=30496
Explores how armed non-state groups have emerged as key players in African politics and armed conflicts since the 1990s. Source: Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

Somalia: The Transitional Government on Life Support
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/africa/horn-of-africa/somalia/170-somalia-the-transitional-government-on-life-support.aspx
If Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) – incompetent, corrupt and hobbled by weak leadership – does not reform within six months, the international community should withdraw support and concentrate on more effective local administrations. Source: International Crisis Group 

 Understanding Africa’s Contemporary Conflicts: Origins, Challenges and Peacebuilding Source
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/lib.nsf/db900SID/ASAZ-8B4JCA?OpenDocument
This monograph is a collection of papers that were presented at the African Human Security Initiative conference that was held in Addis Ababa in February 2008. Source: Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

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Annual Report from Journaliste en danger (JED)

6 01 2011

Journaliste en danger (JED) published its 2010 report about the state of press freedom in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Read the press release and report recommendations at IFEX:
http://www.ifex.org/democratic_republic_of_congo/2010/12/14/2010_report/

Download the report summary in French from the JED website:
 http://www.jed-afrique.org/fr/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=69&Itemid=52





New Report on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

4 10 2010

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights released a report listing 617 of the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law over a ten-year period by both state and non-state actors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Tens of thousands of people were killed, and numerous others were raped, mutilated or otherwise victimized during the decade…

Read the full report: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Countries/AfricaRegion/Pages/RDCProjetMapping.aspx