Fritz Nganje is a researcher at the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), focusing on conflict, peace and security in Africa, South-South cooperation, and the diplomacy of sub-national governments. Before joining the IGD, he served as research analyst and manager of the Elections and Democracy Unit at Consultancy Africa Intelligence (CAI). Fritz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon, and a Master’s degree in Peace Studies and International Relations from the North-West University in South Africa. He recently submitted his doctoral thesis to the University of Johannesburg. The thesis analysed the foreign relations of South Africa’s Gauteng, North-West and Western Cape provinces.

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Project Summary

The proposed research is part of an on-going effort to explore new policy options for peacebuilding in ‘fragile’ African states, in the context of the current wave of South-South cooperation propelled by the growing international activism of emerging economies in the South. It departs from the premise that South-South cooperation, particularly its decentralized component, comes with new opportunities for deepening statebuilding in ‘fragile’ African states. In a nutshell, the research seeks to understand the conditions under which decentralized South-South and triangular cooperation could contribute to successful statebuilding and peacebuilding interventions in Africa.

Major Publications

  • With Mzukisi Qobo, ‘Emerging Economies and the new Dynamics of South-South Cooperation: What Options for South Africa?’ Africa Institute of South Africa, Occasional Paper No. 65, June 2013
  • ‘Decentralised South-South Cooperation and South Africa’s Post-conflict Support in Africa: What Role for SADPA?’ Africa Institute for South Africa, Briefing No. 87, May 2013.
  • ‘Unlocking the democratic impasse in the DRC: The role of external actors’, Global Insight, Issue 98, June 2012.