Policy and Research Papers

Sahel : soubassements d’un désastre

Économies atones peu créatrices d’emplois, croissances démographiques vigoureuses, aides internationales souvent considérées comme des rentes, appareils de sécurité incapables de sécuriser les espaces nationaux, et surtout de protéger les populations : les États du Sahel sont-ils en train de perdre la main sur leurs propres espaces intérieurs ? La déroute des systèmes militaires, judiciaires et éducatifs n’autorise que peu d’optimisme sur l’avenir de ces pays, et de l’insécurité qui y grandit.

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Guide to Good Governance - On the Needs and Functions of Codes of Ethics

In Guide to Good Governance – “On the Needs and Functions of Codes of Ethics” - the role of ethics in the public sector is discussed, focusing on the concept of ethics and how governments can enhance ethical standards within their bureaucratic systems. Two main modalities of codes of ethics is discussed: 1) codes emerging from a compliance-based cultural approach to ethics , and 2) codes emerging from an integrity-based cultural approach based on aspiration – ethics seeking to inspire the behaviour of civil servants.

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Time to Invest: How to Support Action on SDG16+

Four years into the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 16+ (SDG16+), the picture is not encouraging. Efforts to mobilise action and generate investments for SDG16+ have fallen short and, unless something changes, will fail to achieve the global commitment to building more peaceful, just and inclusive societies by 2030.

Saferworld shows in their latest briefing, with a coherent approach and focused action there is still time to turn the situation around. Although many of the issues that fall under SDG16+ are complex and politically sensitive, there are a number of lessons and successes that will help practitioners better understand how to effectively support action on SDG16+.

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Advancing the Rule of Law Through Executive Measures: The Case of MINUSCA

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has been mandated to implement “urgent temporary measures” in the form of arrests and detentions of individuals. This rather innovative mandate brings about several legal and conceptual consequences that the article addresses, focusing on the compatibility of these measures with UN peacekeeping norms and principles and with past UN practice. In addition, the measures are said to contribute to law and order, public safety, the fight against impunity, and to the rule of law. This sheds light on the UN’s interesting conception of the rule of law in the Central African Republic and in conflict and post-conflict settings in general.

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Electoral Justice System Assessment Guide

Free, fair and trusted elections provide legitimacy to governments and ensure the genuine expression of the will of the people. Electoral justice guarantees electoral processes are conducted with integrity and that mechanisms exist to restore electoral integrity when it has been violated.

Intentionally or unintentionally electoral norms may be violated by those who design, administer or participate in an electoral process. The manner in which these violations are addressed can determine the overall legitimacy of an electoral outcome and the level of trust in the electoral process. The realisation of electoral justice requires a set of institutions, practices, norms and mechanisms that culminate in fair and open processes—not simply on election day but throughout the electoral cycle.

This guide is designed to support users to assess the administration of electoral justice in their country. Inclusivity and accessibility are important elements of electoral justice. The questions in the Assessment Guide reflect key electoral justice principles, drawing on international standards and an analysis of diverse electoral justice practices from many countries around the world.

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