29 January 2023 – Mukesh Kapila First released 26 January in The Daily Maverick The Ethiopian Federal Government and Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) confounded the sceptics by signing the 3 November 2022 Pretoria “agreement for lasting peace through a permanent cessation of hostilities”, followed by agreeing to implementation modalities in Nairobi on 12 November 2022. Why didContinue reading “No short cuts to lasting peace in Tigray, but each day of silenced guns is a small victory for humanity”
Mukesh Kapila – 30 December 2022 First published, 28 December in The National News In Munigi, Congo, displaced people wait for food & non-food items for Unicef distribution, 5 Dec, AFP Never has the world been more generous, with UN humanitarian appeals receiving $24.1 billion this year compared to $5.8 billion 10 years ago. ButContinue reading “Why is modern humanitarianism failing, even as we give more and more aid?”
The brutal civil war in Ethiopia’s Tigray region is nearly two years old. South Africa is hosting African Union mediated peace talks in Pretoria this week. What progress can be expected?
Is the United Nations doing too much? No wonder it is always disappointing us. De-cluttering the organisation will rebuild trust and restore its original mandate. A smaller UN will be a better UN.
29 August 2022 – Mukesh Kapila In exposing misconduct and mismanagement at UNOPS through a dozen or so articles in this series, some common themes have emerged to explain how egregious misdeeds including profiteering, fraud, and corruption got embedded at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), enabled by an unaccountable leadership that enjoyedContinue reading “Is the UNOPS reform glass half-full or half-empty?“
24 August 2022 – Mukesh Kapila This article was first released in The National on 22 August; see original here. I ducked under the thin blue string across the dirt track that demarcated Sudan and South Sudan. It was 2013 and I was there to examine the humanitarian situation in the Nuba Mountains. TheContinue reading “Reviving borderless humanitarianism“
The Executive Director of UNOPS, Grete Faremo is thrown out of office in disgrace.