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Peacebuilding
in Africa

Peacebuilding
in Africa

Our Work in Peacebuilding in Africa

Building on a decade of investments, the Corporation teamed up with multilateral donors to strengthen the field of peacebuilding in Africa through research, training, and networks. This effort responded to the expressed needs of African stakeholders to: improve their international capacity to deal with continental challenges pertaining to peace, security, and development; seek African solutions to Africa’s problems; and bring Africa’s voices to the international discourse concerning these challenges.

In parallel and in collaboration with IPS efforts, the HERA subprogram developed a set of related grants aimed at capacity building on these issues within the African academic communities. The combination and complementarity of IPS and HERA approaches, and the growing attention in Africa on these issues, along with an expanded capacity for research and policy impact within Africa, have led to making Peacebuilding in Africa a special, cross IPS/HERA initiative of IP for the next three years with the overall goal of contributing to improving the practice and effectiveness of peacebuilding in Africa. The objectives for Peacebuilding in Africa are to: 

  • Strengthen the peacebuilding field in Africa, to improve peacebuilding interventions on the continent, including through the creation of a network of dedicated research and training programs, capacity-building efforts, and improved research outputs and dissemination in Africa and beyond. 
  • Connect African experts on peacebuilding to relevant international communities in both the Global North and South, to bring African expert voices to bear on policy choices and policy implementations on the ground in the countries in question, and create a vibrant community of experts.
  • Draw lessons from peacebuilding efforts in other regions of the world, to expand Africa’s expertise and capacity.