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The Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding

The Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP) is a consortium of research and policy organizations from across Africa. The network seeks to foster dialogue and increase the visibility of African perspectives within the U.S. policy arena.

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The SVNP is a continent-wide network of African policy, research and academic organizations that works with the Wilson Center’s Africa Program to bring African knowledge and perspectives to U.S., African, and international policy on peacebuilding in Africa. Established in 2011 and supported by the generous financial support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the project provides avenues for African researchers and practitioners to engage with, inform, and exchange analyses and perspectives with U.S., African, and international policymakers in order to develop the most appropriate, cohesive, and inclusive policy frameworks and approaches to achieving sustainable peace in Africa.

The Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding was established in 2011 with the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

*The Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding was previously known as the Southern Voices Network.

Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Members

The Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding includes many top policy research organizations in Africa, with a focus on peacebuilding and state-building throughout the continent. Current members include:

Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholarship Program

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Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar Maame Esi Eshun presents her research on women artisanal miners and peacebuilding alongside Cristina Villegas of Pact.

As a critical component of the Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosts scholars from member organizations for a 3-month resident scholar program in Washington, D.C. The scholarship program creates the opportunity for select individuals to complete a policy-oriented research project and engage with U.S. policymakers and practitioners, increasing the visibility and influence of their work.

The program specifically aims to bring local context and knowledge to bear on promoting sustainable peace in fragile states in Africa. Research conducted through the SVNP Scholarship Program must relate to the topics of peace-building and state-building in Africa, including governance; human security; economic development and trade; science, technology, and innovation; youth empowerment; gender; and Africa’s evolving role in the global arena.

For questions about the Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding, please contact africa@wilsoncenter.org

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SVNP 2017 Conference

SVNP 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.

ANNUAL REPORTS