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05 Dec 2019

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READING OF THE WEEK

Africa Development Dynamics Report 2019

African Union Commission

The annual report, Africa’s Development Dynamics, analyses the continent’s development policies. It presents a fresh narrative on Africa’s development, assessing the economic, social and institutional performance in light of targets of the African Union’s Agenda 2063. It is the product of a collaborative approach. It results from a unique, broad partnership between the African Union’s Commission for Economic Affairs and the OECD Development Centre.

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NORTH AFRICA / SAHEL / SUB – SAHARA

Diagnostic Stratégique de l'émergence économique du Maroc

Policy Center for the New South

Le présent document a pour objet de faire l’évaluation de l’état d’avancement du Maroc dans sa marche vers l’émergence économique. Il s’appuie sur l’approche retenue dans l’ouvrage « l’émergence économique des nations : définition et mesure » de Moubarack Lo (2017).

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What is driving Ethiopia's ethnic conflicts?

Institute for Security Studies

The rise in violent ethnic conflict in Ethiopia in recent years can largely be linked to the sharp increase in militant ethnic nationalism against a backdrop of state and party fragility. Decades of exclusivist political arrangements have contributed to a steady rise in ethnic consciousness, with the state and ruling party becoming increasingly incoherent. This has increased ethnic disagreement. High-level negotiations aided by nationwide and inclusive dialogue could help stabilise the country.

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A New Approach for the UN to Stabilise the DR Congo

International Crisis Group

The Security Council has to agree on a new mandate for the two decade-old UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by 20 December. In many ways, this exercise is routine. The Council has passed dozens of resolutions on the DRC since the country descended into civil war in the 1990s. Yet Council diplomats think that this negotiation may be more important than most. There are tentative signs that the Congolese government and regional powers in central Africa could work together to mitigate the DRC’s internal instability.

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MIDDLE-EAST

Iran is Losing Iraq’s Tribes

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Angry over Iranian militia abuses and Baghdad’s sundry failures, a number of powerful tribes are setting aside their traditional sectarian loyalties and pushing to safeguard their basic needs, sometimes violently. Between escalating nationwide protests and this weekend’s resignation of Prime Minister Adil Abdulmahdi, the latest events in Iraq have put a spotlight on the future of Iranian influence over Baghdad.

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Syria New Constitutional Committee

Al Jazeera Centre for Studies

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced recently the successful formation of a 150-member constitutional committee for Syria, which includes representatives of the Syrian regime in Damascus, opposition groups, and civil society organizations to "review the constitution" in order to reach a political solution in Syria. He expressed optimism the new committee could be “the beginning of a political road to a solution".

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TRANSNATIONAL

African Governance Report 2019 - Agendas 2063 & 2030: Is Africa on Track?

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Africa is halfway through the First Ten-year Implementation Plan (FTYIP) (2014-2023) of the African Union’s (AU’s) Agenda 2063, and about to enter the last ten years of the United Nations (UN’s) Agenda 2030 and the completion of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These frameworks contain many overlapping themes, and key to effective implementation is the capacity to monitor progress in order to adapt resources and policies as soon as needed. The African Governance Report outlines the common elements of the Agendas and their relationship with public governance in Africa.

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Humanitarian perspectives 2019-2020

Assessment Capacities Project - ACAPS  

This yearly report provides four different perspectives on the global humanitarian situation. Within these pages you will find a comparative analyses of 14 of the major humanitarian situations with respect to the affected populations, people in need and humanitarian access; an analysis of three highly complex and evolving regional crises the sector grappled with over the year; and a spotlight on three severe crises that did not get sufficient attention in 2019. Finally, as the year comes to a close, ACAPS have identified a number of risks that may lead to a significant deterioration of particular crises in 2020. 

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World malaria report 2019

World Health Organization - WHO

The scourge of malaria continues to strike hardest against pregnant women and children in Africa. The World malaria report 2019 includes a special section focused on the burden and consequences of the disease among these two most at-risk groups. It delivers a clear message: we must all do more to protect the most vulnerable in the fight against a disease that continues to claim more than 400 000 lives every year. The report provides a comprehensive update on global and regional malaria data and trends. It tracks investments in malaria programmes and research as well as progress across all intervention areas: prevention, diagnosis, treatment, elimination and surveillance.

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