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Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Annual Conferences

The Africa Program hosts annual conferences to promote dialogue and collaboration within the network and share important recommendations and ideas with a wider audience. The conferences occur on a rotating basis between Washington, D.C. and on the continent with the goal of enhancing peacebuilding-related policy dialogue among and between the Global North and the Global South.

2019 SVNP Annual Conference: "Youth and Peacebuilding in Africa"

From July 15 to 18, 2019 the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Africa Program, the Centre de Recherche et d’Action pour la Paix (CERAP), and the Centre Ivoirien de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (CIRES) will co-host the 2019 annual Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding conference in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. This year's theme "Youth and Peacebuilding in Africa," will take stock of key questions, gaps, challenges, and opportunities regarding youth and peacebuilding in Africa. The conference will also share lessons learned, best practices, and policy options from policymakers, experts, and practitioners on transforming and advancing the agenda for youth and peacebuilding in Africa.

2018 SVNP Annual Conference: "National, Regional, and Global Infrastructures for Peace in Africa: Challenges, Prospects, and Opportunities"

From July 16 to 19, 2018 the Wilson Center Africa Program and the Institute for Peace and Security Studies at the Addis Ababa University co-hosted the 2018 annual Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This year's theme, “National, Regional, and Global Infrastructures for Peace in Africa," engaged on key issues related to peacebuilding in Africa. More information, the conference report, and the webcasts and summaries of conference events are available here.

2017 SVNP Annual Conference: “Peacebuilding in Africa - What Works?”

From July 10 to 13, 2017 the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted the 2017 annual Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding conference. Building on the previous year’s conference in Pretoria, South Africa, the theme of this conference was “Peacebuilding in Africa - What Works?” More information, the conference report, and the webcasts and summaries of conference events are available here.

2016 SVNP Annual Conference: “Building Peace through Inclusivity: Strengthening Economic, Social, and Political Inclusion in Africa”

From March 21 to 24, 2016 the Wilson Center Africa Program, in partnership with the Institute for Security Studies, the Human Science Research Council, the Institute for Global Dialogue, and the University of Pretoria Department of Political Science, hosted the annual Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding conference in Pretoria, South Africa. More information, the conference report, and the papers presented at the conference are available here.

2015 SVNP Annual Conference: "Peacebuilding, Development, and the New Economic Paradigm in Africa"

From May 26 to 29, 2015 the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted the annual Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding conference in Washington, D.C. The conference theme "Peacebuilding, Development, and the New Economic Paradigm in Africa," centered on contemporary issues in Africa including peacebuilding, health care, technology, women's rights, democracy, and governance. More information and the conference report can be found here.