Global Infrastructures for Peace in Africa: A Dialogue with International Partners

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.

On Wednesday, 18 July, representatives from some of Africa’s most active international peacebuilding partners will speak at a panel discussion on “Global Infrastructures for Peace in Africa: A Dialogue with International Partners.” Panelists will outline the nature, scale, and scope of their country’s peacebuilding efforts in Africa, and how these engagements fit into and articulate with global and regional peacebuilding efforts. Further areas of discussion will include successes in peacebuilding engagement, challenges, and opportunities for more effective collaboration. The event will seek to establish recommendations for building on and improving current collaborative efforts between Africa and her partners in peacebuilding.

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. 




  • Mr. Christopher Meade

    Political-Public Affairs Officer, United States Mission to the African Union
  • Dr. Inge Baumgarten

    Director, Office to the African Union, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH