Fit for Purpose?: National, Regional, and Global Infrastructures for Sustainable Peace in Africa

This event will take place at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. 

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.

In the Keynote address of the conference, “Fit for Purpose?: National, Regional, and Global Infrastructures for Sustainable Peace in Africa, ” we will explore how well the current architectures at the national, regional, and global levels are working to build a sustainable peace in Africa, and identify key areas where the infrastructures in place at these three levels have been successful in Africa, and locate where there are shortcomings. The session will offer recommendations for modifying, transforming, or starting anew to build on successes and address gaps. This keynote discussion will set the stage for ensuing conference sessions, which will delve deeper into specific issues in peace architectures.

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.