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. The goal of the network is to support the development of informed and mutually-beneficial U.S.-Africa policy. The SVNP achieves this by:

  • Producing best-in-class policy analysis through briefs, reports, and posts on the Africa Program blog, Africa Up Close

 

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 Annual Conferences

Wilson Center SVN Conference 2015 Group Photo

Participants at the 2015 SVNP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Africa Program hosts annual conferences both in Washington, D.C. and on the continent to promote dialogue within the network and share important recommendations and ideas with a wider audience. It is our hope that such collaborations will be a positive contribution to Global North and Global South policy debate.

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”

On March 21-24, 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 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"

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From May 26 to 29, 2015, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted the annual Southern Voices Network conference in Washington, D.C. More information and the conference report can be found here.

Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholarship Program

Photo of Maame Esi Eshun, SVNP Scholar

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 a list of publications by SVNP Scholars, please see here.

Past SVNP Scholars include:

Tasew Tafese Gashaw | Fall 2017

Emmaculate Asige Liaga | Fall 2017

Francis Abebrese | Summer 2017

Sharon Anyango Odhiambo | Spring 2017

Benjamin Adeniran Aluko | Fall 2016

Fredrick Ogenga | Fall 2016

François Pazisnewende Kaboré | Spring 2016

Maame Esi Eshun | Spring 2016

George Boateng | Spring 2016

Eunice Mueni Williams | Spring 2016

Isaac Ofosu Debrah | Fall 2015

Arsène Brice Bado | Fall 2015

Getachew Zeru Gebrekidan | Summer 2015

Ayodotun Oluwafemi Bobadoye | Summer 2015

Rhoda Osei-Afful | Spring 2014

Ludovic Lado | Spring 2014

Ernest Nti Acheampong | Spring 2014

Fana Gebresenbet Erda | Winter 2014

Paul Aborampah Mensah | Winter 2014

Fritz Nganje | Fall 2013

Daniel Kebede | Fall 2013