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Peacebuilding in Africa

Cambridge/Africa Collaborative Programme 2008-2009

Peacebuilding in Africa

With support from the Leverhulme Trust and the Isaac Newton Trust

Convened by Dr Devon Curtis

Elected Fellows

Dr Adekeye Adebajo
Executive Director, Centre for Conflict Resolution, University of Cape Town, South Africa
To further research and complete the manuscript “Building Peace in Africa after the Cold War”, and to complete a book of essays dealing with a wide variety of peace building issues

Ms Margaret Angucia
Lecturer, Institute of Ethics and Development Studies, Uganda Martyrs University
Further research for her PhD thesis: “Peacebuilding: Towards a Model for Social Reintegration of War Affected Children in Northern Uganda”. Margaret also proposes to have a publishable article by the end of her stay in Cambridge

Dr Martha Cheo
Lecturer, Centre for Foundation Education, Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria
Further research for her paper: “Women in Africa as stakeholders in peace building and their untapped potential”, which deals with the role of Women’s Organisations in rebuilding lives during periods of post-conflict transition

Professor Mwelwa Musambachime
Professor of History, Department of History, University of Zambia
“Zambia’s Mediation in the in the Congolese and Angolan Conflicts: A Peace Dividend, 1996 – 2006”, highlighting the proposed study and its importance to Conflict Resolution in the two countries

Dr Aderoju Oyefusi
Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
To complete and review research for the paper: “Natural Resource Abundance and Civil Conflict in Africa: What Really Matters?”


Peacebuilding in Africa Conference

Gabarone Sun in Botswana, August 2009

A book was published at the end of the conference, to find out more click here.

Programme

25-28 August 2009, Gaborone Sun, Botswana

Keynote address

  • H.E. Dr. Tomáz Augusto Salomão (Executive Secretary, Southern African Development Community SADC, Gaborone), SADC and Peacebuilding in Southern Africa

Seminar Day 1

Welcome opening

  • Dr Adekeye Adebajo (Executive Director, Centre for Conflict Resolution CCR, Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Prof Mpho Molomo (Director, Centre for Strategic Studies, University of Botswana, Gaborone)
  • Dr Devon Curtis (Lecturer, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)


Session I: Politics, Power and Peacebuilding

  • Dr Devon Curtis (Lecturer, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom), Whose Peace? Politics, Power and the Peacebuilding Context

Session II: Strengthening the Security Sector

  • Dr Paul Omach (Senior Lecturer, Makerere University, Uganda), Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration
  • Prof Eboe Hutchful (Executive Director, African Security Dialogue and Research Centre, Accra, Ghana), Security Sector Governance

Session III: Justice and Human Rights

  • Ms Sarah Nouwen (Doctoral Researcher, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom), The International Criminal Court (ICC) and Peacebuilding in Africa
  • Dr Mireille Affa'a Mindzie (Senior Project Officer, Centre for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town, South Africa), Human Rights and Peacebuilding

Book launch: 'From Global Apartheid To Global Village: Africa and the United Nations' (University of KwazuluNatal Press, 2009)

  • Dr Adekeye Adebajo (Executive Director, Centre for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Ambassador James Jonah (Former UN Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs)
  • Dr Mary Chinery-Hesse (Former Deputy Director, International Labour Organisation ILO, Ghana)

Seminar Day 2

Session IV: Gender and Civil Society

  • Dr Sheila Bunwaree (University of Mauritius, Mauritius), Gender and Peacebuilding
  • Ms Josephine Odera (United Nations Development Fund for Women UNIFEM, Rwanda), Civil Society and Peacebuilding

Session V: Institutions and Ideologies

  • Dr Funmi Olonisakin and Ms Ekaette Ikpe (King’s College, London, United Kingdom), The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission: Problems and Prospects
  • Prof David Moore (Anthropology and Development Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Financing Peace: The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund

Session VI: Pan-African Institutions

  • Prof Gilbert Khadiagala (Department of International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa), The African Union and NEPAD Post-Conflict Reconstruction Frameworks and the African Development Bank
  • Prof Chris Landsberg (University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Peacebuilding as State-building: Assessing the Initiatives of the Pan-African Ministers of Public Service

Session VII: The Great Lakes and Central Africa

  • Dr Gérard Prunier (Independent Consultant), Peacebuilding in Central Africa: Chad and Central African Republic
  • Prof Mwelwa Musambachime (University of Zambia and former Permanent Representative of Zambia to the United Nations), Negotiating Peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Seminar Day 3

Session VIII: East Africa and the Horn

  • Dr Musifiky Mwanasali (Senior Political Affairs Officer, UN Mission in Sudan UNMIS), Peacebuilding in the Horn of Africa: Somalia and Sudan
  • Ms Margaret Angucia (Lecturer, Uganda Martyrs University, Kampala), Reintegration of War-Affected Youth in Uganda

Session IX: West Africa

  • Dr Comfort Ero (Deputy Director, International Centre for Transitional Justice ICTJ, Cape Town, South Africa), Statebuilding and Elections in West Africa: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire
  • Dr Aderoju Oyefusi (Lecturer, University of Benin, Nigeria), The Management of Natural Resources and Peacebuilding in the Niger Delta
  • Ms Martha Cheo (Bells University of Technology, Ogun State, Nigeria), Gender and Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone

Session X: Southern Africa

  • Dr Gwinyayi Dzinesa (Senior Researcher, Centre for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town, South Africa), Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration in Southern Africa
  • Prof Mpho Molomo (Director, Centre for Strategic Studies, University of Botswana, Gaborone), Lessons Learned from Security Sector Reform in Botswana

Session XI: Discussion of Edited Volume

  • Dr Devon Curtis (Lecturer, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Dr Gwinyayi Dzinesa (Senior Researcher, Centre for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town, South Africa)

Session XII: Rapporteurs’ Report and Way Forward

  • Dr Gwinyayi Dzinesa (Senior Researcher, Centre for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Ms Elizabeth Myburgh (Researcher, Centre for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town, South Africa)