Dialogue with the Next Generation of African Peacebuilders

The 2018 Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP) Conference will be held from 16-19 July at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. This year, the theme of the conference is “National, Regional, and Global Infrastructures for Peace in Africa.” Participants in the conference will comprise mostly heads of organizations and senior officials from the SVNP, along with external stakeholders and practitioners from Africa and beyond. The conference will include both private and public sessions on topics related to the overall theme. Panel discussions will explore the nature, scale, and scope of the infrastructures in place for peacebuilding at the national, regional, and global levels; evaluate the extent to which they are functioning; and, provide best practices and ways forward for building off of or reforming current infrastructures.

On Thursday, 19 July, the Wilson Center Africa Program and IPSS will partner on an event, “Dialogue with the Next Generation of African Peacebuilders,” which will feature IPSS fellows from their MAPSA and SVNP fellowship alumni based in Addis Ababa. This partnership event will seek to share the perspectives of scholars and practitioners working on peacebuilding issues in Africa. Fellows on the panel will share lessons learned and best practices from their work, as well as recommendations for key areas for study for future fellows.

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. 

 

Speakers

  • Tasew Tafese Gashaw

    Short-term Scholar, Southern Voices African Research Scholar
    PhD Candidate, Addis Ababa University; Institute for Peace and Security Studies
  • Getachew Zeru Gebrekidan

    Southern Voices Network Scholar
    Lecturer, Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University
  • Daniel Kebede

    Southern Voices African Research Scholar
    Addis Adaba University
  • Fana Gebresenbet Erda

    Southern Voices African Research Scholar
    Lecturer, Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia