• Governance


    An African Elected Head of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

    by  • March 21, 2014 • Africa, General Assembly, Governance • 

    Martin Chungong of IPU

    The Inter-Parliamentary Union has elected Martin Chungong of Cameroon as its secretary-general, the first African and the first non-European to lead the organization in its 125-year history. Chungong, a former member of the Cameroonian parliament, has been the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s deputy secretary-general under Anders Johnsson, of Sweden, who officially retires on June 30. Chungong has also been director of programs [...]

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    Parliamentary Group Warns of Political Perils as 2014 Elections Loom

    by  • January 23, 2014 • Africa, Asia, Governance, Middle East • 

    Bangkok demonstration November 2013

      A committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union met in mid-January, as a busy year of elections globally was beginning, to confront the human-rights violations and sometimes lethal abuse suffered by 262 members of national legislatures in countries that often call themselves democracies. From Jan. 13 to 17, the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s committee on the human rights [...]

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    Malians Produce a Smooth Election, Desperate for Stability

    by  • August 15, 2013 • Africa, Governance, Peace and Security • 

    Bert Koenders of the UN in Kidal, Mali

      Malians elected their first president since an interim president was installed after the 2012 coup and French military action in 2013 against incursions by Islamic jihadists. In a run-off vote on Aug. 11, amid blanket rain and rampant mud in Bamako, the capital, Malians there and beyond put Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 68, a former [...]

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    A Tale of Sierra Leone and Striving for Transparency

    by  • June 26, 2013 • Africa, Development, Governance, Humanitarian Aid, Peace and Security, Security Council • 

    Sierra Leone is abundant in such natural resources as diamonds, gold and iron ore, but it is making a long comeback from its civil war, in which civilians' limbs were cut off, among other atrocities. Here, Sierra Leonean soccer players.

    Britain, the world’s major center for investment in the extractive industries, is reviving the international debate on how open management of mining can prevent conflicts. The issue was raised in a Security Council meeting on June 19, after a seven-year hiatus on the subject in that setting. It was also discussed at the Group of [...]

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    The Real Test of Mali? Holding a Presidential Election in July

    by  • June 18, 2013 • Africa, Governance, Humanitarian Aid, Peace and Security, WORLDVIEWS • 


    BAMAKO, Mali — Here in the capital, far from the fight against the Al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in the north of the country, people are still overwhelmingly supportive of the French military intervention, which began early this year to oust the jihadists. They are also still comfortable with the presence of French and African-led troops [...]

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    The Stanley Foundation’s New Venture in Digital Publishing

    by  • May 6, 2013 • Governance, Peace and Security • 

    USAID Kenya

    A new bimonthly newsletter, called The Latest, has made its debut from the Stanley Foundation, the nonprofit group based in Muscatine, Iowa, that works on peace and security issues through the promotion of good governance and justice worldwide. Keith Porter is also the new president of the organization, having been promoted from director of policy [...]

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    Giving Parliaments a Bigger Role in Good Governance

    by  • February 25, 2013 • General Assembly, Governance, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment

    Ireland's representatives at IPU Main Assembly meeting 2012

    Armed with a five-year strategy to strengthen the influence of national legislatures around the world, the Inter-Parliamentary Union is supporting international gatherings of legislators to discuss their role in fostering democracy, good government and effective development policies beyond the 2015 target date of the Millennium Development Goals. The next meeting, with parliamentarians from Asia, Africa [...]

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