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    The Trial of Thomas Kwoyelo: Opportunity or Spectre – A New Paper by Anna Macdonald and Holly Porter

The Trial of Thomas Kwoyelo: Opportunity or Spectre – A New Paper by Anna Macdonald and Holly Porter

In this blog post, Anna Macdonald and Holly Porter examine the political and social dynamics that shape local perspectives on the first war crimes prosecution of a former Lord’s Resistance Army fighter, Thomas Kwoyelo. This week they published an open-access article in Africa, exploring these issues in depth, based on long-term research on the case since it began in […]


    Development in Pajok is an Investment in the Future of South Sudan

Development in Pajok is an Investment in the Future of South Sudan

Ryan Joseph O’Byrne describes his time in Pajok, South Sudan, and suggests that development interventions may do well to avoid areas under the sway of the national political marketplace. Why Pajok? It is nearly a year since my wife and I left the small and predominantly Acholi-speaking community of Pajok in rural South Sudan. We had spent the better part of […]

South Sudan: A Slow Liberation

By Edward Thomas Twentieth-century Sudan was Africa’s conflicted behemoth: a landmass of one million square miles; societies rich with interconnections and contradictions; and a highly unequal economic and political system that set those societies against each other. The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, signed ten years ago, was supposed to end the armed conflicts born of this economic and political system. […]

  • Permalink Rwandan military personnel with the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) perform a short-range patrol in Northern Darfur while a child plays with a soccer ball. UNAMID began operations in the region in December 2007.
12/Oct/2009. , Sudan. UN Photo/Olivier Chassot.

    The UN’s Darfur “Cover-up” and the Need for Reliable Conflict Data

The UN’s Darfur “Cover-up” and the Need for Reliable Conflict Data

By Alex de Waal International peacekeeping operations are deployed to complicated and troubled places. Often, reliable information is scarce, rumors and poorly-founded allegations are common, and interpretation of events is highly politicized. Recent controversies around what is going on in Darfur illuminate the need for much better data. A former UN official, Aicha Elbasri, has made much-publicized allegations that the […]

Tim Allen on the Importance of Fieldwork

In an interview with The Economist’s Prospero blog, JSRP Research Director Tim Allen underlines the crucial role serious fieldwork should play in underpinning international development policy and practice, arguing that: “There are systems of scholarship and discourses of power that are grounded in ignorance”, but ultimately concluding that “it’s possible to change things by bringing evidence from the ground”.

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Unravelling Public Authority: Paths of Hybrid Governance in Africa

The meaning and policy implications of ‘hybrid governance’ were debated in a recent workshop at the London School of Economics, entitled ‘Unravelling Public Authority: Paths of Hybrid Governance in Africa’.  Held on 6-7 December 2013, this workshop involved international collaboration between the Department of International Development and the Institute of Development Policy Management (IOB, University of Antwerp), with significant […]

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South Sudan: The Limits of Human Rights


In September 2013, Human Rights Watch published a report entitled “They Are Killing Us”: Abuses Against Civilians in South Sudan’s Pibor County.  Pibor County is in Jonglei state, lying in an inaccessible part of South Sudan’s flood plains, near the Ethiopian border.

Pibor people are different from their neighbours – most of them are Murle, and speak a language related […]

South Sudan: Towards Democratization and Development?


London – How has South Sudan’s government reshuffle affected the country in the short term, and its path to elections in 2015?  Chatham House recently hosted JSRP Consortium Director Dr. Mareike Schomerus and James Copnall, BBC Correspondent for Sudan and South Sudan, to discuss the implications of recent changes in-country, on a panel chaired by Thomas Mawan Muortat, political […]

Advocacy in conflict: “half-truths” on behalf of the powerful?

Does contemporary western activism speak truth to power — or half-truths on behalf of the powerful?  These questions were the subject of a recent seminar on Advocacy in Conflict hosted by the World Peace Foundation (WP) at Tufts University.

The WP seminar eschewed the traditional conference format of presentations followed by Q&A in favour of frank discussions among a small […]

UPDATED: Africa in the 2011 Libyan conflict: the inside story

 “[Intervention] is a high and summary procedure which may sometimes snatch a remedy beyond the reach of law. Nevertheless, it must be admitted that in the case of Intervention, as in that of Revolution, its essence is illegality and its justification is its success.’
– Sir William Harcourt, 1862.
From: African roles in the Libyan conflict of 2011.
JSRP Research Director Alex […]