Ethiopia is facing a very important election; the election of a new Patriarch which is currently being discussed in the high ranks of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Who it will be and what the implications might be is still unclear, but the outcome could have an effect not only on Ethiopia but the entire horn of Africa.
Line Ramstad has lived in the small village of Noh Bo the last five years and has a unique perspective on the situation in the border area between Thailand and Burma. She tells us that the surge of development aid in Burma the last year is problematic for her organization.
In the early hours Tuesday came reports of a loud explosion by the Somali prime minister’s office. Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon Said emerged unscathed from the attack, but an operation like this is a powerful reminder of how fragile the security situation in Somalia is.
Democracy is steadily gaining ground. Democracy is a natural consequence of human dignity: every human being has the right to influence both their own situation and the development of the society they live in. The Oslo Center will contribute to the realization of this right.
Lifting the voice of the youth in politics in South Sudan is most likely the most important contribution we can make.
Optimism prevails in Somalia and thousands of people return to the country every week. After al-Shabaab was driven out of Mogadishu, organizations and institutions have reestablished themself in the city. The Oslo Center will therefor establish an office in the country.
After many years of civil war, Somalia has been seen as a “failed state” – and with good reason. But now the situation seems brighter, and there might be reason for cautious optimism?
You can say many positive things about the EU and peace, but I question the timing of the award, and believe other candidates had been more appropriate, says Kjell Magne Bondevik
How to enhance the relationship between the political parties and the civil society in Somalia was one of the important issues discussed at the Oslo Center’s workshop in Kampala this week.
Sudan and South Sudan recently came to agreements on several issues that have been left unresolved ever since South Sudan became an independent state in June 2011. However, there is still disagreement about the final setting of the borderline between north and south, and about the status of the disputed area Abyei.