What is the focus of this GGA Programme?
Articles from this programme
Many of Africa’s most significant challenges today are at their core political in nature, with policies developed in response centering on the incentives and priorities of the elite political class at the geopolitical, national and subnational level. The Sahel is a cruel microcosm of these dynamics.
Traditional security thinking places the State as the primary entity which needs to be protected from external military threats. Territorial integrity is considered a fundamental value and any threats to it endanger national sovereignty.
The Robert Mugabe-led government’s response to the Willowgate scandal in Zimbabwe will go down in history as a missed opportunity for setting a precedent of combatting malfeasance. Although there...
Amid a spiralling economic and political crisis, President Emmerson Mnangagwa addressed the people of Zimbabwe on Tuesday 4 August. His speech, although sudden – four days after his government’s...
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Human Security and Climate Change
Our Human Security and Climate Change (HSCC) team explores the nexus between climate change and conflict, along with other emerging security challenges facing the continent. Climate change-induced landscape changes, along with other degradations of the natural environment, combined with poor governance, are a perfect storm for exacerbating insecurity on the continent, especially in already-fragile contexts. For instance, climate change is already driving migration, which places pressure on available resources, which in turn can generate conflict. Given that conflict systems are increasingly regional in nature and thus require an unprecedented level of coordination and collaboration between states, the programme:
- Generates timely strategic insights and analyses for policymakers and practitioners on Africa’s exigent security challenges by conducting and drawing on evidence-based research, new datasets, and emerging analytical tools;
- Aids in the development and implementation of policies through strategic partnerships, advocacy, and utilizing effective monitoring and evaluation practises.
The HSCC team is also the custodian of our Conflict in Africa Monitor (CAM), which ingests real-time data to indicate geographically where conflict risks are apparent and growing, and what might be done to mitigate them.