South Sudanese people continue to suffer

South Sudanese people continue to suffer

South Sudanese are starving as the peace deal continues to be ignored. The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), the body which is observing the implementation of the peace agreement, reported that civilians are starving to death in Mundri county. Former Botswanan president and JMEC chairman, Festus Mogae, stated “I…

UN “should place an arms embargo on South Sudan”

UN “should place an arms embargo on South Sudan”

United Nations sanctions monitors recommended in an annual report that the United Nations Security Council “should place an arms embargo on South Sudan” reported Reuters in an exclusive. According to the news agency the confidential UN report produced by the panel stated that both President Salva Kiir and Reik Machar…

The AU 2016 summit will only renew the opportunities in Agenda 2063 if…

The African Union (AU) is convening its January 2016 under the guiding theme: ‘African year of human rights with a particular focus on the rights of Women’.  As is customary, the AU Heads of States Assembly will assemble last on 30-31st January, after having been preceded by meetings of the…

Dr Tjiurimo Hengari

Dr Tjiurimo Hengari is a senior fellow in the foreign policy programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs.

US “deeply alarmed” over Burundi

The United States State Department said it is “deeply alarmed” regarding the situation in Burundi and has advocated for African leaders to “work behind the scenes” to convince Burundi to receive the deployment of international troops. Ambassadors to the United Nations Security Council addressed the African Union (AU) in Addis…

What’s in store for the African Union in 2016?

News this week of al-Shabaab seizing an AU base in Somalia follows a year of other major challenges particularly in relation to human rights and states with conflicts. With numerous elections coming up on the African continent, actions by governments and the AU to enforce rights and good governance are…

Human capital development in Africa: both simple and complex

More than ever, performance on measures of sustainability – nowadays encompassing everything from environmental impact mitigation to strengthening local supply chains and human capital development – is receiving real scrutiny in Africa. This is reflected in the high profile of COP21 in Africa (see the level of activity under #AfricaCOP21),…

Ghada Hammouda

Ms. Hammouda has more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, business transformation and re-engineering, market development and advocacy, opportunity creation and conflict resolution.

What will 2016 hold for Burundi?

Yesterday, Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza threatened to fight African Union (AU) peacekeepers if they are deployed to the country. “Everyone has to respect Burundi borders,” Nkurunziza said. “In case they violate those principles, they will have attacked the country and every Burundian will stand up and fight against them. “The…

Somalia bans Christmas celebrations

  The Somali government has banned both Christmas and New Year’s celebration saying they are “contrary to Islamic culture” and that such events could be targets of terrorism.  The regime stated that festivities could “damage the faith of the Muslim community.” There are very few Somali Christians however the country contains more…

Burundi – is there the possibility of genocide?

News of continued violence in Burundi keeps spreading and fears are rising about the security situation in the country. The European Union has announced that it plans to pull all staff and their families out for the country due to the violence. Whilst the United Nations has threatened sanctions and…

Valletta Summit on Migration: A booster shot or a new initiative?

Hard hit by the migration crisis, the European Union (EU) in a desperate effort to respond to the crisis has called a summit on migration in Valletta, Malta from 11-12 November 2015.  The African side has been invited to participate in this meeting.  The EU and African Union (AU) have…

Dr. Mehari Taddele Maru

Dr. Mehari Taddele Maru is Member of the African Union High Level Advisory Group on Humanitarian Affairs and Consultant for Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Strategy, Peace and Security and Migration.

Empowering women to aid in food security in Africa

Today the African Union reported that women are key to both helping to produce food in African countries anchoring the rural economies as well as purchasing and preparing the food for their families. However, whilst many women play such a large role in growing the economy and supporting the lives…

Somalia: Al Shabaab attack African Union base

The Islamist militant group, Al Shabaab, have attacked an African Union (AU) base in southern Somalia early on Tuesday. Many were killed and injured during the attack the group reported along with some of the residents of the area. Al Shabaab claim to have killed 70 AU soldiers during the…