Last night, the BBC ran a documentary on its flagship channel BBC Two seeking to provide some insight into the vast central African country’s history, its colonial legacy, post-independence chaos, and endemic corruption.
In assessing the DRC’s present day troubles, historian Dan Snow looked beneath the symptoms, apportioning blame largely to colonialism, slaving and corruption.
The Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have agreed a peacebuilding framework that will guide the next critical parts in the negotiations for a genuine and lasting peace in Mindanao. While the framework agreement itself does not declare a permanent end to hostilities and the demobilization and disarmament of combatants, it represents a very significant step indeed, and generates momentum for a definitive peace agreement that is expected to be signed in a year’s time.
Foreign Secretary William Hague announced this week a UK initiative on preventing sexual violence in conflict. This initiative, which forms part of the UK’s forthcoming Presidency of the G8 in 2013, will include the establishment of a dedicated UK team devoted to combating and preventing sexual violence in conflict.
A permanent memorial for Jean Charles de Menezes was recently unveiled to a small crowd at Stockwell underground station in south London, near International Alert’s office. Mis-identified as a terrorist suspect, he was killed by London police officers on 22 July 2005.
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We are pleased to launch two new practice notes in the Peacebuilding Essentials for Economic Development Practitioners series. This forms part of International Alert’s project Strengthening the Economic Dimensions of Peacebuilding.