Fractured peacebuilding in the Central African Republic: lessons for African Union engagement

Fractured peacebuilding in the Central African Republic: lessons for African Union engagement

The Central African Republic (CAR) has seen decades of fracturedpeacebuilding processes. after holding elections in 2016, the country can seize the opportunity to reach sustainable peace. This policy brief looks at the role played by the African Union in supporting CAR’s peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction and development processes; and identifies ways for the continental body to enhance its engagements.
 
Key findings:
  • the impact of the African Union (AU) can be seen most clearly in its capacity to convene stakeholders, including
    government, thereby supporting larger peacebuilding initiatives
  • the AU’s mandate to engage on a post-conflict
    reconstruction and development framework can be more clearly defined in order to maximise its impact in this area
  • there is an increased AUinterest in the central african
    Republic (caR), which could provide further opportunities for linking with other AU-led initiatives
  • there are opportunities to strengthen coordination between the AU in CAR and the AU Commission
  • the AU and other international organisations, including the united nations, can enhance coordination on how
    to best to support peacebuilding in CAR
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