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Opinion - Indonesia and Jokowi: Right place, right time
22 November 2014 by Michael Vatikiotis

First published on 21 November 2014 in the Straits Times

The political transition under way as a result of Mr Joko Widodo's election victory in July is breaking new political ground in Indonesia and showing just how far the country has developed as a democracy in 17 years.

One month into his tenure, the Jakarta establishment is still trying to digest the fact that Mr Joko - known popularly as Jokowi - a complete outsider who doesn't own a house or have friends or family in the capital, won the presidential election.

The political and business elite is coming to terms with a president who doesn't know who the main players are, nor care what they think as he sets out to serve the people who elected him...

From the Nakuru County peace accord (2010-2012) to lasting peace
26 October 2014 by Alice Wairimu Nderitu

This case study provides a first analysis of the successful mediation process which took place in 2012 between two Kenyan communities who had taken up arms against each in the wake of the disputed Kenyan 2007 General Elections. The Nakuru County Peace Accord signed in August 2012 and which resulted from this mediation process, ensured that, for the first time since 1992, a peaceful election took place in 2013. Written by Alice Nderitu, one of the mediators in the peace process and member of the Kenyan National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), the case study examines the post-election violence of 2007-2008 within a wider historical context of ethnic-based conflict. It highlights the critical role of four groups – male Elders from the Gikuyu and the Kalenjin communities, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) working with the National Steering Committee on Conflict Management and Peace Building (NSC), and the HD Centre – who collaborated for a period of 16 months between 2010 and 2012 on this peace process. The publication concludes with some lessons drawn from the process, including the challenge of securing peace and justice, as well as recommendations for ensuring the durability of the Peace Accord.

Africa Mediators' Retreat 2013 - Meeting Report
24 October 2014 by Paul Dziatkowiec, Sabina Avasiloae & Till Papenfuss

The fourth Africa Mediators’ Retreat, which brings together experienced peacemaking actors to discuss conflict-related issues relevant to Africa today, took place in Zanzibar, Tanzania in November 2013. More than 40 senior conflict mediators and peace process actors attended, together with key decision-makers, eminent thinkers and government representatives with significant experience in peacemaking across the African continent. The event was co-hosted by the HD Centre, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation.

Three days of lively discussions covered a broad range of complex issues and peacemaking challenges across the continent including the role of the International Criminal Court in Africa; the role of religion in African politics: the mediator’s potential bridging role between religious and secular political stakeholders; assessing the potential for dialogue with extremist groups; the interplay between elections and conflicts in Africa; the role of the mediator in developing models for governance; and the utility of force during peacemaking.
This meeting report provides a summary of the discussions and highlights the issues which emerged during the retreat.

Annual Report 2013
04 July 2014 by HD Centre

2013 was a defining year for the organisation as it formally set out its principles and operational standards in a new Charter. The ten-point list, which is included in this Annual Report, reflects the role the HD Centre has developed over more than a decade in international peacemaking and provides a ‘moral compass’ to steer the organisation’s work in the future. The Annual Report also highlights the HD Centre’s progress in the difficult task of defining the impact of its operational work. In addition, it captures the organisation’s contribution to some significant successes including steps towards peace in the Philippines, peaceful elections in Kenya and a local peace agreement in Libya.