Books Addressing African Issues

Famine Crimes: Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in AfricaFAMINE CRIMES
Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa

Alex de Waal, 2009

Famine is preventable. In this book, Alex de Waal argues that the persistence of famine reflects political failings by African governments, western donors and international relief agencies. He addresses such questions as:

– Can Africa avoid famine?
– Who is responsible for the failures?
– What is the role of international relief agencies?
– What is the way forward?

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Who Fights? Who Cares? Who and Humanitarian Action in AfricaWho Fights? Who Cares?
Who and Humanitarian Action in Africa

Alex de Waal

Africa faces huge political and humanitarian challenges. Sixteen countries are stricken by war or serious instability; the shadow of genocide looms over central Africa; while natural and man-made disasters threaten the lives and livelihoods of millions of Africans. International structures for peace and security and the delivery of humanitarian assistance have so far failed to prevent enduring crisis across the continent. Hopes of new models for ‘African solutions to African problems’ have suffered severe setbacks in the last few years. The essays in this collection address this range of challenges…

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demiltDemilitarizing the Mind:
African Agendas for Peace and Security

Alex de Waal

Africa’s wars are hideous, complicated and intractable. Long-running wars have defied the best efforts of African and international mediators. Demilitarizing the Mind develops fresh approaches to these challenges, based on new research and discussion among some of the key actors in Africa’s conflicts. The book highlights a central theme: the pervasive role of militarism in African political life. Across the continent, militarized political parties and liberation fronts create ‘militaristic governance’ and a propensity for leaders to resort to violence-plunging countries into conflict and turmoil once again.

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Young Africa: Realising the Rights of Children and YouthYOUNG AFRICA: Realising the Rights of Children and Youth
Alex de Waal and Nicolar Argenti, 2002

In Africa, children and young people face crisis. Child death rates are rising and educational enrolment is falling. Children are victims in every war. Millions of young Africans are contracting HIV and AIDS. Neglected by society, Africa’s youth are attracted to militarism and militant religion. YOUNG AFRICA pioneers new thinking on the rights of children and young people in Africa, and offers new approaches to tackling the violation of the rights of young Africans, and arguing that the world will benefit from investing in Africa’s children.

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Why Peacekeeping FailsWhy Peacekeeping Fails
Dennis C. Jett, 1999

Dennis C. Jett examines why peacekeeping operations fail by comparing the unsuccessful attempt at peacekeeping in Angola with the successful effort in Mozambique, alongside a wide range of other peacekeeping experiences. The book argues that while the causes of past peacekeeping failures can be identified, the chances for success will be difficult to improve because of the way such operations are initiated and conducted, and the way the United Nations operates as an organization. Jett reviews the history of peacekeeping and the evolution in the number, size, scope, and cost of peacekeeping missions. He also explains why peacekeeping has become more necessary, possible, and desired and yet, at the same time, more complex, more difficult, and less frequently used. The book takes a hard look at the UN’s actions and provides useful information for understanding current conflicts.

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Prisoners of Freedom: Human Rights and the African PoorPrisoners of Freedom: Human Rights and the African Poor
Harri Englund, 2006

In this vivid ethnography, Harri Englund investigates how ideas of freedom impede struggles against poverty and injustice in emerging democracies. Reaching beyond a narrow focus on the national elite, Prisoners of Freedom shows how foreign aid and human rights activism hamper the pursuit of democratic citizenship in Africa. The book explores how activists’ aspirations of self-improvement, pursued under harsh economic conditions, find in the human rights discourse a new means to distinguish oneself from the poor masses. Among expatriates, the emphasis on abstract human rights avoids confrontations with the political and business elites. Drawing on long-term research among the Malawian poor, Englund brings to life the personal circumstances of Malawian human rights activists, their expatriate benefactors, and the urban and rural poor as he develops a fresh perspective on freedom—one that recognizes the significance of debt, obligation, and civil virtues.

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Regional Security in the post-Cold War Horn of AfricaRegional Security in the post-Cold War Horn of Africa
Roba Sharamo and Berouk Mesfin, 2011

Africa still faces numerous security issues that continue to challenge its political viability, stability, prosperity and sustainable peace. This monograph attempts to uncover the complexity of the most salient security issues facing the Horn of Africa. It provides in-depth analysis on intra-state conflicts and insurgencies and their consequences on and beyond the region. It also investigates the root causes of several inter-state conflicts in the Horn of Africa as well as the possibilities of their effective management. The monograph also assesses the performance of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development in terms of its contribution to regional security, as well as the involvement of the African Union in the region.

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The Power of the Media: A Handbook for Peacebuilders The Power of the Media: A Handbook for Peacebuilders
European Centre for Conflict Prevention, 2003

The purpose of this book is to build on an existing body of research and experience of the role that media can play in peacebuilding. The book also aims to provide a set of guidelines on the processes, which make media interventions in a conflict effective and sustainable. The report includes an operational framework that has been tested on several projects worldwide. Best practices from each project are shown, as well as the lessons learnt and an illustration of the dangers and constraints are brought out for the benefit of others working in this evolving field. The publication also includes a directory at the end that provides a more extensive overview of 69 key organisations working with media and peacebuilding.

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From Soldiers to Politicians: Transforming Rebel Movements after Civil WarFrom Soldiers to Politicians: Transforming Rebel Movements after Civil War
Jeroen De Zeeuw, 2008

In the transition from war-torn societies to stable multiparty democracies, what is the role of former rebel leaders? Can rebel movements effectively transform themselves from military to political organizations? “From Soldiers to Politicians” explores when and how militias succeed in reorienting their goals and practices toward legitimate political activities, and how external actors can support that practice. The authors present eight theoretically grounded country studies, focusing in each on the historical background of the rebel movement, its (attempted or successful) transformation into a political party, and the factors explaining success or failure. Bridging the academic-policy divide, they identify concrete lessons from previous transformations processes, as well as options for future international involvement.

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