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Tackling the triggers of violence-induced displacement

The contribution of the African Peace and Security Architecture and African Governance Architecture


Anna Knoll and Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw, ECDPM paper, September 2018

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Displacement induced by violence affects the African continent disproportionately.The African Union (AU) has developed two key continental instruments to potentially address this issue. The first is the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), for the prevention and management of conflicts. The second is the African Governance Architecture (AGA), that promotes democratic governance in the continent. The AU makes use of these two instruments to tackle governance, peace and security challenges, which are often at the heart of violence-induced displacement.

The links between APSA and AGA activities and how these can reduce or alter the triggers of violence-induced displacement have not yet been explored in-depth. With this paper, we try to understand whether and how the interventions by the AU and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) contribute to addressing the triggers of violence-induced displacement.

We clarify the concept of triggers of violence-induced displacement and look at selected case studies. We also share lessons learned on those factors that seem to contribute positively to reducing triggers of violence-
induced displacement and we offer some suggestions on how the APSA and the AGA could better respond in the future.

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Ernest Toochi Aniche


2018-09-28 15:12:49

Very insightful and profound paper but I would want it to address what AU's APSA/AGA is doing to address separatist and secessionist movements in the Southeast Nigeria and Anglophone Southwestern Cameroon.

Cross-cutting TopicsMigrationSecurity and resilienceAfrican Governance InitiativesResponses to violent conflict and crisis in AfricaDiscussion Papers (series)African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA)Africa