The State of Peacebuilding in Africa: Lessons Learned for Policymakers and Practitioners
Peacebuilding has been near the top of the global agenda for a quarter of a century. Funding for peacebuilding activities has grown year after year, decision makers and practitioners can access a vast literature on peacebuilding policy and experiences, and the reasons why societies relapse into conflict are well known. Despite this, the challenge of how to rebuild societies following conflict has not become easier.
The State of Peacebuilding in Africa: Lessons Learned for Policymakers and Practitioners analyzes the last 30 years of peacebuilding in Africa and brings together the work of distinguished scholars, practitioners, and decision makers to analyze critically the evolution and current state of peacebuilding in Africa. The book features key lessons learned, best practices, and creative solutions that address varying dimensions of peacebuilding, including conflict prevention, mediation, management, and post-conflict reconstruction. In addition to six country and regional case studies on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan/South Sudan, Mozambique, and the Sahel/Mali complement the analysis. Each chapter concludes with a set of key recommendations to inform the building of a more sustainable peace in Africa.
The book is available via Open Access.
The State of Peacebuilding in Africawas born out of the activities of the Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP). The SVNP is a continent-wide network of African policy, research and academic organizations that works with the Wilson Center’s Africa Program to bring African knowledge and perspectives to U.S., African, and international policy on peacebuilding in Africa. Established in 2011 and supported by the generous financial support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the project provides avenues for African researchers and practitioners to engage with and exchange analyses and perspectives with U.S., African, and international policymakers in order to develop the most appropriate, cohesive, and inclusive policy frameworks and approaches to achieving sustainable peace in Africa.
Paul D. Williams
Director of Institute of Human Rights and Dignity, Center of Research and Action for Peace
Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace; Formerly served as Ugandan Minister of State, Deputy Minister and Project Manager for the African Development Bank
Researcher, Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa
Osei Baffour Frimpong
Lead Regional Researcher and Conflict Analyst, West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), Ghana
Jok Madut Jok
Professor, Syracuse University and Senior Researcher, The Sudd Institute
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