In this month’s Conflict and Resilience Monitor, we offer analyses on some of the most topical issues facing the continent this month.
We begin with a piece from Asha Ali, Anne Funnemark and Elisabeth Rosvold, who are from NUPI on how Violent conflict exacerbates Ethiopia’s vulnerability to climate change based on existing research related to climate change, peace and security. The research highlights the impact of climate change on livelihoods and migration in the context of a violent conflict. Staying in East Africa, Halima Ahmed describes the electoral atmosphere ahead of Kenya’s 2022 General Elections in her piece on How the nomination of the iron lady has altered Kenya’s 2022 General Elections. In particular, she discusses the inclusion of Martha Karua as the running mate of Raila Odinga – Kenya’s first presidential female running mate.
Our third piece focusses on, Diplomatic tensions between the DRC and Rwanda: A Call for Mediation. Dr Anslem Adunimay explains the background to the renewed conflict involving the M23 armed group and calls for a broad based regional approach which involves the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
Finally, we turn our focus to Southern Africa where Katharine Bebington discusses the role of SADC in Eswatini: lessons from Lesotho. In this piece, she outlines the possible opportunities and challenges around the regional economic community’s intervention in the Kingdom’s ongoing conflict.