This week’s monitor opens with a piece from Dr. Lina Benabdallah, Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University. Her article is about China’s vaccine diplomacy and health assistance to Africa, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a timely piece reflecting on China’s role in Africa as the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is scheduled to take place next week on 29-30 November.
This is followed by a piece from Dr. Gwinyayi Albert Dzinesa, about the formation, and the processes undertaken in Malawi to establish the country’s National Peace Architecture (NPA). Dzinesa also reflects on the assistance that entities such as the United Nations have played in creating the framework and the potential role that the architecture can play in promoting peace and stability in Malawi.
Finally, the last article in this week’s monitor is from Nothando Maphalala, a policy and advocacy specialist, who writes about the use of communiques and statements issued by intergovernmental organisations and the role that these statements play in shaping the narrative and influencing the trajectory of international involvement in trying to resolve conflicts.