On March 21-24, 2016, the Wilson Center Africa Program, in partnership with the Institute for Security Studies, the Human Science Research Council, the Institute for Global Dialogue, and the University of Pretoria Department of Political Science, hosted the annual Southern Voices Network conference in Pretoria, South Africa.

The theme of the conference was “Building Peace through Inclusivity: Strengthening Economic, Social, and Political Inclusion in Africa.” The report and papers presented at the conference are available here and at the bottom of this page.

Papers presented include:

  • “Talent Mobility: Catalyst for Economic Growth and Competitiveness “ by Dr. Edward K. Brown, Mr. Richmond Commodore, and Ms. Benedicta Amenyo
  • “Women’s Peacebuilding Efforts in South Sudan” by Ms. Helen Kezie-Nwoha
  • “Security, Regional Integration, and Development in Africa “ by Rev. Eugène Goussikindey
  • “Nurturing Youth Capacity for Leadership Knowledge and Skills for Agenda 2063 “ by Dr. Sylvester Maphosa
  • “Youth as Drivers of Rural Economic Development in Africa “ by Ms. Dorothy Njagi and Dr. Nicholas Ozor
  • “Embodying Youth Deradicalization in Kenya: Rethinking State Relations, Foreign Policy, and Mediatized Peacebuilding in the Context of the “War on Terror” as a Newfound Democratic Principle” by Dr. Fredrick Ogenga
  • “The Role and Evolution of Peacebuilding Engagement by the AU in Africa and ECOWAS in West Africa” by Ms. Oury Traore


The Southern Voices Network (SVN) is a continent-wide network of African policy and research organizations that works with the Africa Program to bring African analyses and perspectives to key issues in U.S.-Africa relations. Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York since 2011, the project provides avenues for African researchers to engage with, inform, and exchange perspectives with U.S. and international policymakers in order to develop the most appropriate, cohesive, and inclusive policy frameworks for the issues of peacebuilding and state-building in Africa. For more information about the Southern Voices Network, see here.