Conflict prevention: what’s in it for the AU?

isslogoThe APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is pleased to share with you a policy briefing by Gustavo de Carvalho, Senior Researcher in the Peace Operations and Peacebuilding Division at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), titled “Conflict prevention: what’s in it for the AU?”.  The brief provides an overview of the AU’s current and expected roles regarding conflict prevention, and recommends possible entry points for strengthening these roles.

Among others, the policy brief emphasises the following key points;

=> Defining success: The AU’s conflict prevention activities and the definition of successful conflict prevention must be better understood.

=> Funding: Predictable and increased AU funding should enable more consistent approaches to prevention.

=> Realistic planning: The AU can strengthen its efficiency by restructuring certain working methods and reinforcing synergies.

=> Reflection on AU engagements: The AU must reflect on engagements on structural prevention, beyond developing vulnerability assessments, particularly when conflict prevention links to governance, development and human rights.

=> Operationalising subsidiarity and complementarity: The AU must provide guidance and frameworks for coordinating conflict prevention efforts with Regional Economic Communities, Regional Mechanisms and civil society organisations.

To download or read the full briefing from ISS website, click here

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