Maendeleo Policy Forum kicks off with focus on National Dialogue in BurundiOct 8, 2015
The first monthly Maendeleo Policy Forum “Pulling Back from the Brink: Options for National Dialogue in Burundi” was held on 8 October 2015 at the Regional Service Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Forum brought together Dr. Agostinho Zacarias, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Burundi, and Dr. Yolande Bouka, Researcher at the Institute for Security Studies, and development partners, including the UN office to the AU, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Liaison Office to the AU, a number of embassies including Guinea, Mali, Switzerland, the United States of America among other missions, representatives of other UN agencies and civil society representatives to discuss and reflect on the current situation in Burundi, including the upcoming national dialogue.
The discussion covered issues related to governance, conflict drivers, the refugees, scenarios, and the role of the international community, including the East African Community (EAC), the Great Lakes region as a whole, the African Union and the UN in supporting a workable solution. The lively discussion generated inputs that will be collated in summary report which will be shared with partners in Burundi and other key stakeholders.
The Maendeleo Policy Forum is set up to provide space for African leaders, researchers, policy makers, development practitioners and writers, to dialogue and debate on critical issues of development in Africa. Upcoming forums will cover diverse issues including countering violent extremism, among others.