Talking Peace in the Ogaden

Jun 2014
Talking Peace in the Ogaden
This report outlines the modern history of ethnic Somalis in Ethiopia, from the late 19th century to the present day. As peace talks continue, it assesses prospects for a peaceful settlement between the Ethiopian government and the Ogaden National Liberation Front rebel movement.

Accord - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent (policy brief)

Apr 2014
This 6-page policy brief summarises the findings of Accord 25 - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent. It argues that a legitimacy lens should be applied to peace processes by paying attention to priorities of context, consent and change.

Truthloader extended interview: "The press 'is confused' on the Central African Republic"

Caesar Poblicks, East and Central Africa Projects Manager, talks to ITN's Truthloader about the oversimplification of media coverage of the Central African Republic crisis.

Al-Jazeera English interview: Catherine Samba-Panza sworn in as CAR Interim President

Caesar Poblicks, East and Central Africa Programme Projects Manager, talks to Al-Jazeera English about the nature of the crisis in Central African Republic and the need to support community-based reconciliation and dialogue, as Catherine Samba-Panza is sworn in as interim president.

“We are one people” – Muslims and Christians in Bangui at peace amidst war

A grassroots community initiative in the Central African Republic is rejecting violence and bringing Christians and Muslims together in favour of peace. Nyeko Caesar Poblicks, recently returned from the capital Bangui, explains more.

Can the London conference on Somalia get it right?

Can the London conference on Somalia succeed this time where others have failed? After a year in which large swathes of Somalia have been hit by famine and continued war, and international militarisation has markedly increased, the UK government’s initiative to host an international conference on Somalia on 23 February is welcome. But lessons must be learnt from past mistakes. Ahead of the conference, Mark Bradbury makes the case that support should be given to local Somali-led solutions that promote legitimacy and participation.

Is peace possible in South Sudan?

South Sudan may be the world’s youngest country, but the region has a long and turbulent history of conflict – and of peace. In the absence of formal governance, traditional processes to resolve conflict have held society together.

Talking to armed groups: Ibrahim Abraham

Over the last year, the Central African Republic has seen a dramatic increase in levels of violence.  An estimated two thirds of the country is controlled by armed groups and the province of Hotte Kotto is one of the worst affected.

Radio for peace in South Sudan: Viola

Viola is from Yambio County, South Sudan. Four months ago, she started volunteering with the Self-Help Women Development Association (SHWDA), which works in five counties affected by the Lords Resistance Army.

Helping young people find paths away from violence: Albert Atama

Albert Atama lives in Aru, a territory in Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, bordering Uganda and South Sudan. The region has long been affected by the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), which moves between the porous borders of the three countries.