What is the value of the International Criminal Court?
According to the Society for International Development, “Al-Bashir's supporters are presenting his re-election [in April 2010] as the Sudanese people's response to the ICC’s indictment.” Similarly, the ICC case against Lords Resistance Army rebel leader Joseph Kony and his top command in October 2005 are frought with complications.
Sources:Society for International Development, April 2010, pg. 6
Are flawed elections vital? To what end?
Sudan held presidential elections in April of 2010, the first in 10 years. President Omar al-Bashir came to power in 1989 after a bloodless coup and has managed to stay in power. Since then the 2010 election will have been his 3rd. The first held in 1996 took place with 40 candidates and zero political parties. Incumbent al-Bashir won with more than 70% of the vote. The next election in 2000 lead al-Bashir to victory as the main opposition parties dropped out. The recent election lead al-bashir to victory with about 68% of the vote.
Sources:Society for International Development, April 2010, pgs. 4-5
Foreign Direct Investment in Greater Horn of East Africa
Many economists are leaning towards Foreign Direct Investment as the next stepping stone in development due to the increased employment, investment, and transfer of technology and skills that are associated with FDI. The Greater Horn of East Africa (Somalia, Sudan Ethiopia, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Eritrea, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo), is seeing some worrying asymmetries in FDI.
Sources:Society for International Development, July 2010 pg. 6
MacDougall on FDI:
MacDougall, G. D. A. (1960), THE BENEFITS and COSTS OF PRIVATE INVESTMENT FROM ABROAD: A THEORETICAL APPROACH. Economic Record, 36: 13–35. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4932.1960.tb00491.x
From Society for International Development July 2010 Newsletter