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Security Sector Reform in Burundi: Issues and Challenges for Improving Civilian Protection

Reform of the defence and security forces was a major issue in the conflict in Burundi. The Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement and the various ceasefire agreements governing the peace process contain important provisions regarding the modalities of these reforms. However, these are overshadowed by considerations of the balance of power between the Hutu and…

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Security Sector Reform and the Protection of Civilians in Burundi: Accomplishments, Dilemmas and Ideas for International Engagement

This paper focuses on three themes in the area of SSR: police reform, the transformation  of the military and civilian disarmament. Civilian oversight and democratic control are  crosscutting considerations. In addition to providing insight into the Burundi-specific  dimensions of international engagement in SSR, this paper attempts to elucidate opportunities and challenges for implementing a number…

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Empowering Southern Knowledge to Enable Southern Ownership

In 2007, The Wilton Park Conference brought together North-South Institute (NSI) representatives and representatives from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), to discuss the current and changing context for the international development architecture and…

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Migrant Workers in Canada: A Review of the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program

In 2003, The North-South Institute completed an extensive set of studies looking at the multi-faceted aspects of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program — legal, institutional, trade-related, labour, development, community relations and other aspects of the program. With a large number of countries increasingly dependent on foreign migrant workers to meet their agricultural labour needs, the…

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Study of Seasonal Farmworkers from Mexico and the Caribbean Working on Ontario Farms

In 2003, The North-South Institute (NSI) did a major study of the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (CSAWP). Two main goals of that study were to find out what parts of the program worked well and what parts were not working well for both farmworkers and farm owners. Another goal was to suggest ways to…

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Canada’s Whole-of-Government Approach to Fragile States: The Challenge of Gender Equality

On May 3rd 2005, colleagues from the Department of National Defence (DND), Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and CIDA came together with colleagues from civil  society to discuss the gender equality dimensions of Canada’s emerging whole-of-government  fragile states strategy. The workshop opened with presentations by CIDA, DND and DFAIT on  their respective contributions to…

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International Trade in Health Services and the GATS

This book provides analytical tools to policymakers, in both the health and trade ministries, who are involved in the liberalization agenda more widely, and the current GATS (General Agreement on Trade in Services) negotiations more specifically. The book includes an overview of current evidence on the health sector implications of the liberalization of health services…

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Transforming Land-Related Conflict

After years of being relegated to the margins of development debates, land policy and conflict are receiving increased attention in many quarters. From Brazil to the Balkans, from Zimbabwe to Indonesia, there is growing concern among peoples’ organizations, governments, civil society networks, donors and scholars about the linkages between problematic land policies and violent conflicts….

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International Conference on Agragrian Reform and Rural Development

This policy brief focuses on the International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development which took place in Brazil in 2006. Download PDF in Spanish

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Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation’s Experience Negotiating with Mining Companies

This report provides a snapshot of one Canadian First Nation’s experience and strategies in addressing large-scale mining on their ancestral territory. Based on field research guided by, and undertaken together with members of Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation, this case study is a direct response to Lokono Indigenous communities in West Suriname, South America, asking…

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