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“Back from the Brink: the 2008 mediation process and reforms in Kenya”

In April, the African Union Panel of Eminent Personalities released their final report: “Back from the Brink: The 2008 mediation process and reforms in Kenya.” The report describes the Panel’s mediation between the political parties following the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007-2008, and the resulting reforms that were proposed to sustain peace, mend Kenya’s failing institutions and reduce its profound inequalities.

The report draws on new material to inject fresh perspectives into the mediation process and its implementation between 2008 and 2013. It also draws out lessons learned from that period with a view to making them accessible to students, academics and practitioners alike, and for possible replication in other situations where mediation is being undertaken.