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: