Popular uprisings, protests and unconstitutional regime changes are common characteristics of political change and political life in Africa. The decade 2011–2021 has seen a wave of popular uprisings slamming against the bedrock of long-established autocratic regimes. Put together, and to varying degrees, the uprisings of the last decade have especially occasioned peculiar but complex political transitions at the helm of affected African countries, eliciting varying responses from the African Union, and testing the relevance and applicability of existing normative frameworks at the continental and subregional levels.

This Report undertakes a broad reflection of the regional responses to popular uprisings in Africa over the last decade.
 

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Publication date
08 April 2024
Language(s)
English
Author(s)
Melvis Ndiloseh
Number of pages
62
ISBN
978-91-7671-746-2 (PDF)

Contents

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

Executive summary

Introduction

1. Overview of the challenge

2. The AU’s framework for addressing UCGs: Do popular uprisings fit in the normative mould?

3. Triggers of popular uprisings in Africa (2011–2021)

4. A decade of AU and REC policy responses to popular uprisings

5. Conclusions

6. Policy recommendations

References

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A Decade of Popular Uprisings in Africa (2011–2021)

Lessons Learned for Regional Bodies on Managing Transitions
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