This policy monitoring brief analyzes the process that led to the “Somali New Deal Compact,” the framework’s potential effectiveness as a peacebuilding tool, and potential ways to strengthen it. We find that the New Deal Compact in Somalia appears to have created a paradigm shift in international policy rhetoric around Somali ownership and leadership. However, the process to develop the Compact has also revealed a series of difficult trade-offs (related to process, risk, and implementation) between political and technical imperatives for both Somali and external actors.

Jul 30, 2014
Sarah Hearn, Thomas Zimmerman
Horn of Africa
Fragile States

After a marathon negotiation session, the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals finalized its outcome document.

The UN is currently in poor health but the severity of its condition is not yet clear, Richard Gowan argues in this paper commissioned by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue for the 2014 Oslo Forum for senior mediators. Gowan assesses the impact of events in South Sudan, Syria and Ukraine for the UN, and warns that the organization's operational and political credibility is weakening.

Jul 15, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, Horn of Africa, Middle East

Over the past six months, United Nations peacekeeping has come closer to catastrophe than at any time since the Rwandan genocide and Srebrenica massacre. The UN mission in South Sudan was caught off-guard when the country imploded last December. The crisis has claimed at least 10,000 lives. More then a million civilians have fled their homes, with 80,000 sheltering in UN compounds 

Read the full Chatham House article UN Peacekeepers: Not perfect but just good enough

Jun 06, 2014
Richard Gowan

Dear Prime Minister,

“Now would be a good time to review and overhaul your UN policies – if only to make space for more pressing priorities.”

Read the full Memo to to the Prime Minister in Pragati

May 09, 2014
Richard Gowan

 Somalia has long faced a diverse and daunting set of challenges. Countless political actors have unsuccessfully struggled to build a stable central government capable of holding territory and delivering services. In many ways, the fundaments that have fueled instability and violence for decades remain, but since the September 2012 election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, there has been palpable optimism amongst many Somalis and international actors, and there is a sense that we may be in a window of opportunity to make durable gains in Somalia.

May 07, 2014
Thomas Zimmerman
Horn of Africa

The commander of the rebel movement in South Sudan has agreed to talk peace — if he can make it out of his secret war bunker.

Read the full NPR article Can Africans Do A Better Job Of Peacekeeping In South Sudan?

May 06, 2014
Richard Gowan
Horn of Africa

CIC has initiated a project to study external actors’ peacebuilding frameworks in Somalia. The purpose is to ascertain whether and how the international community is applying recent international learning on peacebuilding, and is able to forge coherent and effective approaches to helping countries pursue peaceful political settlements.

May 06, 2014
Sarah Hearn, Thomas Zimmerman
Horn of Africa

In South Sudan, tens of thousands of civilians are living on fortified U.N. bases.

Read the full Medium article Under Siege in South Sudan.

Apr 11, 2014
Richard Gowan
Horn of Africa

The UN Security Council has approved the deployment of nearly 12,000 peacekeepers to the Central African Republic (CAR). Thousands there have been killed and about a million people (a quater of the population) are in the need of aid.  

Listen to the full BBC interview here.  The CAR discussion with Richard Gowan begins at the 34:18 mark.

Apr 11, 2014
Richard Gowan

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