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2017 Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Conference

From July 10 to 13, 2017 the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted the 2017 annual Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding conference at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC. The theme of this year's conference, “Peacebuilding in Africa - What Works?,” engaged SVNP members, U.S. policymakers, researchers, and practitioners on the key issues, challenges, lessons learned, and best practices for peacebuilding in Africa.

2017 Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Conference

From July 10 to 13, 2017, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted the 2017 annual Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP) conference at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.  Under the theme, “Peacebuilding in Africa - What Works?” the conference served as a forum for substantive, productive, and enlightening discussions on major issues for peacebuilding in Africa, as well as an opportunity for sharing the work of the 21 SVNP member organizations. Through sixteen internal sessions, workshops, and public events, representatives from the member organizations of the SVNP, U.S. policymakers, researchers, and practitioners engaged on and discussed the key issues, challenges, lessons learned, and best practices for peacebuilding in Africa.

Find further details on the conversations held during the conference’s three public events, including webcasts and photos, below:

1.       Peacebuilding Architectures and Institutions - What Works? 

2.       Elections and Peacebuilding - Key Issues, Challenges, Lessons Learned, and Best Practices  

3.       Post-Conflict Peacebuilding - Key Issues, Challenges, Lessons Learned, and Best Practices

A conference report will be published in the coming weeks. If you have any questions about the conference, please email africa@wilsoncenter.org.

The Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP) 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.

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Contributors

Monde Muyangwa image

Monde Muyangwa

Africa Program Director
Hannah Beckett Akuiyibo

Hannah Akuiyibo

Program Associate
Hayley Elszasz

Hayley Elszasz

Program Assistant
Getachew Zeru Gebrekidan

Getachew Zeru Gebrekidan

Southern Voices Network Scholar;
Lecturer, Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University

Olusegun Sotola

Senior Researcher, Initiative for Public Policy Analysis

Reverend Eugene Goussikindey

Director General, Centre de Recherche et d’Action pour la Paix

Ibrahima Hathie

Institute Prospective Agricole et Rurale
Jok Madut Jok

Jok Madut Jok

Fellow;
Assistant Professor of History, Loyola Marymount University

Helen Kezie-Nwoha

Executive Director, Isis-Women's International Cross Cultural Exchange

Francis Kornegay

Global Fellow, Wilson Center

Ludovic Lado

Southern Voices African Research Scholar;
Director of Institute of Human Rights and Dignity, Center of Research and Action for Peace
Fritz Nganje

Fritz Nganje

Former Public Policy Scholar;
SARCHi Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Fredrick Ogenga

Fredrick Ogenga

Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar;
Professor of Communications, Rongo University and Founding Director, Center for Media, Democracy, Peace & Security (CMDPS)

Dr. Kidane Kiros Bitsue

Executive Director, Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS)

Narnia Bohler-Muller

Executive Director, Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery Research Programme, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

Dr. Edward Brown

Director, Policy Advisory Service, African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET)

Dr. Ibrahim Diarra

Director, Centre Ivoirien de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (CIRES)

Dr. Nicholas Ozor

Executive Director, African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS)

Franklin Oduro

Head of Research and Programs/Deputy Director, Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD)

Fr. Alain Nzadi-a-Nzadi

Director, Centre d'Etudes pour l'Action Sociale (CEPAS)

Prof. Francois Masabo

Acting Director, Centre for Conflict Management (CCM), University of Rwanda

Mr. Chukwuemeka Eze

Executive Director, West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP)

Mr. Gustavo de Carvalho

Senior Researcher, Peace Operations and Peacebuilding, Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
Alexandra Fairbend

Alexandra Fairbend

Africa Program Intern
Allison Elkman

Allison Elkman

Africa Program Communications Intern

Africa Program

The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more