Severine Rugumama

Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow 

September 2006 - May 2007

Affiliation
Professor, University of Dar es Salaam

Expertise
North-South relations; African politics, African conflicts and conflict management

Experience

  • Professor, University of Dar es Salaam 1997-2007
  • Executive Secretary, African Association of Political Science
  • Visiting Associate Professor, University of North Carolina 1993-95
  • Senior Lecturer, University Of Dar es Salaam 1990-93

Wilson Center Project

"Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Africa: Toward A Paradigm Shift"

Major Publications

  • Globalization Demystified: Africa’s Possible Futures (Dar es Salaam University Press, 2005)
  • Lethal Aid: The Illusion of Socialism and Self-Reliance in Tanzania (Africa World Press, 1997)
  • Leading Issues in Development Studies: A Reader (Dar es Salaam University Press, 1997)

Project Summary
Africa’s political and economic future squarely depends on its capacity to prevent, manage and resolve conflict. While the number of conflicts is on the increase, the Continents capacity to prevent them has remained underdeveloped. Additionally, its record on post-conflict reconstruction is not only weak but the existing peace accords are poorly designed and implemented. Sadly, this has led to growing cynicism, mistrust and resistance to future efforts. This study seeks to analyze the lessons and best practices of four African countries, to interrogate the efficacy of intervention models used, and to propose an inclusive and participatory policy framework.

Biography
I was previously Executive Secretary, African Association of Political Science (AAPS), Pretoria, South Africa and am Professor of Development Studies at the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Born in Bukoba, Tanzania, 1950, I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Before taking up the job as Executive Secretary, I was both professor, at the University of Dar es Salaam, and Director, University of Dar Es Salaam Consultancy Bureau. Previously, I served also as visiting professor, University of Maryland, College Park; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and at Bennett College in the United States. 

My interest in peace and conflict studies dates from my graduate studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. After graduation I published a number of journal articles on the Cold War and the role of big powers in the Southern African sub-region. For one year and half (2000-2001) I served as advisor to the Conflict Management Center of the then Organization of African Unity. I was responsible for carrying out studies on conflict prevention, management and resolution in Africa. I also participated in high-level meetings aimed at building a culture of democracy, justice and tolerance on the continent.

Education
B.A. University of Dar es Salaam; M.A. University of Dar es Salaam; M.A. and Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park

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