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Elissa Jobson

Director of Global Advocacy

Crisis Group Role

As Director of Global Advocacy, Elissa Jobson provides strategic direction and oversight for Crisis Group’s advocacy and is responsible for developing strategies to maximise the organisation’s policy impact.

Professional Background

Elissa previously served as Director of Africa Regional Advocacy and was the organisation's main liaison with the African Union. Prior to joining Crisis Group, she was a media relations specialist with UNICEF in New York, where she helped co-ordinate public advocacy around the Sustainable Development Goals. Between 2012 and 2014, she was a freelance journalist based in Addis Ababa working for The Guardian, Africa Confidential, The Africa Report and Business Day.

In The News

27 Feb 2020
While it's good to see that African Union leaders are showing real concern about the conflict in the Sahel, the deployment of troops isn't necessarily the right answer. AFP

Elissa Jobson

Director of Global Advocacy
10 Feb 2020
The [African Union] is trying to be more self-sufficient, less reliant on donors. Reuters

Elissa Jobson

Director of Global Advocacy
12 Oct 2018
Seeking the leadership of the Francophonie is clearly part of Rwanda's goal for a greater continental and global role. France 24

Elissa Jobson

Director of Global Advocacy
15 Mar 2018
At the moment, 60% of the [African Union] budget comes from the five biggest economies. So that means that even if you’ve got the other 50 countries on board, you still haven’t met even 50% of the budget. The Africa Report

Elissa Jobson

Director of Global Advocacy
14 Mar 2017
Building coalitions at the regional level and ... at the international level will be how [the head of the AU] can make an impact on many of the crises that the continent is facing. RFI

Elissa Jobson

Director of Global Advocacy
31 Jan 2017
If there is one thing that will in the longer term lead to a more peaceful Africa it will be an Africa trading more freely with itself. The Washington Post

Elissa Jobson

Director of Global Advocacy

Latest Updates

Op-Ed / Africa

AU Heads of State Summit needs to whip Nkurunziza back into line

African heads of state should press Burundi to open the political space, in particular letting opposition politicians campaign freely and safely and allowing in international observers, in order to prevent a reprise of past violence or worse.

Originally published in The East African

Op-Ed / Africa

AU Must Re-engage in Burundi to Push for Inclusivity as a Way out of Violence

The constitutional changes, if passed, could reset the clock on term limits for President Pierre Nkurunziza — potentially giving him an additional 14 years in power — and paving the way for the dismantling of ethnic balances embedded in the 2000 Arusha Agreement, which brought an end to Burundi’s protracted civil war. 

Originally published in The East African

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Op-Ed / Africa

How Europe’s Panic over Migration and Terrorism Is a Big Opportunity for Africa

This week’s summit of African and European leaders in Abidjan is a chance to find a win-win solution.

Originally published in IRIN

Op-Ed / Africa

EU’s Desire to Contain Migration Is Africa’s Opportunity

To calm citizens’ fears, Europe is ready to invest in better governance in Africa.

Originally published in POLITICO

Op-Ed / Africa

Tripartite Changing of the Guard

With leadership transitions at the United Nations, African Union and in the United States creating uncertainty, Crisis Group's Africa Program Director Comfort Ero and African Union Relations Adviser Elissa Jobson spotlight the three main challenges to Africa's peace and security in the coming months.

Originally published in The Africa Report