New research report on UN Peace Operations in Africa
The report provides new systematic data on two decades of UN rule of law assistance in Africa, covering a total of 36 UN peace operations.
The report provides a birds-eye view on how rule of law assistance has evolved over time, the volume of rule of law assistance, what areas or sectors receive the most assistance, the methods employed for implementation, and differences between peacekeeping and peace-building missions.
There have been many positive developments in the UN’s rule of law system over the past decade both in terms of policy and learning from, and adjusting to, practical experience and competencies gained on the ground.
Despite these encouraging changes, when the UN’s rule of law assistance in Africa is examined as a whole certain questions arise on the organisation’s flexibility with regard to post-conflict reality, the ability to provide a context-adjusted response, and the coherence and use of policy and practical guidance. If these questions are carefully and properly considered, they can inform and inspire debate and discussion on the UN’s commitment to the rule of law, enhance and extend good practices, innovations and accumulated experience in order to bridge critical capacity-gaps and encompass a broader range of rule of law areas.
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