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13 January 2022

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READING OF THE WEEK

Africa's COVID-19 Recovery Challenge How the G20 can Bridge the Development Financing Gap

South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

African countries need substantially more development finance to tackle current and future economic challenges. However, up until COVID-19, flows of donor finance to Africa had been on the decline for some years. Borrowing from international capital markets is not always a cost-effective route for African countries to follow. Many African governments have been calling for debt cancellation and other forms of relief, but to no avail.

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NORTH AFRICA / SAHEL / SUB – SAHARA

Report of the Secretary-General: The Situation in Mali 

United Nations Security Council (UNSC)

By its resolution 2584 (2021), the Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) until 30 June 2022 and requested the Secretary-General to report to the Council every three months on the implementation of the resolution. The present report covers major developments in Mali since the previous report (S/2021/844) dated 1 October 2021. 

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Peace and Security Council Report 142

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

This PSC issue will discuss how 2021 show the need for greater focus on governance; the upcoming African Union summit; the African elections to watch in 2022; Bumpy political 'transitions' in store for Africa; Conflict hotbeds to watch in 2022 and the global trends set to influence Africa in the new year.

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Identifying Challenges and Solutions to Enhance Public-Private Collaboration for Universal Health Coverage An Assessment Tool for Countries in Africa

African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

This publication will facilitate effective engagement between governments and non-government actors committed to improving Africa's health service delivery, and provides an assessment tool to assist countries to systematically explore potential collaboration, identify related constraints and conduct necessary constructive dialogue towards enhanced public-private collaboration in health.

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The Gulf of Guinea (GoG) and Maritime Security

ACT - Open Publications

The purpose of this paper is to assess: "Understand the anatomy of insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea and its security and development implications in the region in order to propose solutions to NATO". To achieve the aforementioned aim, a review of the blue crimes history in the GoG and the implications of blue crime in the GoG security and development are demonstrated. The regional/local capacity to cope with blue crimes in the GoG and a review of the external actors and their support to regional maritime capacity-building. 

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MIDDLE-EAST

Four Scenarios for the Iran Nuclear Deal

Joint Project (EU)

This Policy Paper explores what can be done in the short term to address some of the key challenges confronting Iraq and Lebanon. In contexts where the political elites' grip on the political system remains tight, every possible opportunity for reform must be grasped. In the first half of 2021, the Biden administration and the other E3/EU+3 negotiated with Iran the terms for a US re-entry into the JCPOA and for Iran to return to full compliance.

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Israel's Moment of Truth in Dealing with Hamas?

Institue for National Security Studies

Since Operation Guardian of the Walls, the Israeli pledge that "what was is not what will be" indeed appears validated, although not in the sense that the Israeli leadership intended. The strategic positioning of Hamas after the last round of fighting is better than before, and while Israel succeeded in restoring calm along the Gaza Strip, the price in strategic terms is greater than what Israel can afford.

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TRANSNATIONAL

A Time of Great Intensity The Pandemic Effect on Work Care Work and Subjective Wellbeing in MENA Countries

Economic Research Forum

In 2020, a global pandemic and its ripple effects swept through the world and disrupted every economy worldwide. We study the effect of this pandemic on employment, care work, and subjective wellbeing (SWB), particularly for women, in four countries in one of the most under-studied regions, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

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United Nations Resolution 2616 (2021)

United Nations Security Council (UNSC)

Adopting resolution 2616 (2021), the Council resolved to consider, on a case-by-case basis and when appropriate, during the renewal of mandates of peace operations that coincide with Council-mandated arms embargoes, whether and how the peace operations could support relevant national authorities in combating the illicit transfer and diversion of arms in violation of the arms embargoes in their respective areas of operation.

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Development Assistance and Root Causes of Migration A Risky Road to Unsustainable Solutions

Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

In the aftermath of the 2015 migration-management crisis, both the European Union and several European states declared that they would be using development aid more strategically to address root causes of migration.

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