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COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 18 August 2021

During the COVID-19 crisis ACCORD's analysis is focused on the impact of the pandemic on conflict and resilience in Africa.

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References: AfricaCDC, ACLED and African Arguments

In this week’s Monitor we feature a piece by Ambassador François Louncény Fall, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Office for Central Africa (UNOCA). He reflects on the challenges and key objectives of UNOCA over the next three years following the three-year renewal of the Office’s Mandate. Ambassador Fall touches on the impact of COVID-19 on the region as well as other issues facing Central Africa such as insurgencies and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.. 

We also have an article from ACCORD’s senior programme officer, Marisha Ramdeen, who discusses the causes of the recent unrest in Eswatini and what the local and regional responses have been to the situation.

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UNOCA’s new mandate covering four key objectives geared towards preventing and resolving conflicts and sustaining peace in Central Africa will begin in September for a three-year period. The Office will leverage its achievements and lessons learnt from its mandate, which is coming to a close, to address the regional and transnational challenges in the context of which the upcoming mandate will be implemented.

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References: World Bank and Worldometer

For well over a decade, the Kingdom of Eswatini saw continuous and persistent pro-democracy activism taking place in the country. Political parties, trade unions and civil society groups consistently called for democratic reforms due to political restrictions and other human right violations. These pro-democracy protests over the years have been largely peaceful. However, the protests that emerged in the second quarter of 2021 were less peaceful, causing heightened tensions between the citizens, and security agencies, resulting in several incidents of violence, all of which posed a serious threat to Eswatini’s stability. This article reflects on the unrest that unfolded in the country and responses at the national and regional level to mitigate the crisis, and thus possibly restore order.

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