Female, Focus Group Discussant, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Transition processes can yield lasting transformative change and pave the way for democratic renewal and a reset of the social contract. This potential will only be realized where new conversations are enabled and used to dig deep into national issues and sources of division and alienation. Except for Sudan, all the coup-category countries installed a body acting as the transitional legislative council that, to some degree, reflected the countries’ diversity. All engaged in at least some dialogue with socio-political forces in their respective countries to achieve consensus about the management of the transition. All contexts, however, also subsequently saw increasing criticism from political and civic actors precisely on the issue of inclusivity. There has also been a general sharpening of hostility between junta leadership and opposition voices. Sustaining pressure on military juntas and interim leadership, and identifying platforms for meaningful and continuous engagement of the full spectrum of representative groups in society, are key areas for partners’ attention.
Transitional justice actions are critical in ensuring that processes are elaborated for resolving allegations of human rights violations where these occur.
Performance milestones are critical to measure the level and depth of citizen inclusion and engagement in the transition and related national dialogue processes — including through key groups such as young people, women, rural communities, civil society and the private sector.
The process should be tracked in an ongoing two-way dialogue between military junta and international community. This priority should be as, if not more, important than the timing of an eventual election.
… more young people (18-30-year-olds) in leadership positions?
… more women in leadership positions?