Mediation & Reconciliation | May 28, 2015

Women’s Involvement in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution among the Igbo of Southeastern Nigeria

“As the Igbo case demonstrates, governments and international organizations—in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa—have to ensure a narrative that extends beyond the usual stories of women as victims to how they use their agency and mobilize themselves to work for peace at home and within the community, and how those efforts may be formally recognized, documented, and scaled up on a continent striving for peace.”

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A Nigerian woman shares a smile.
Featured | May 11, 2015

Press Freedoms and the Need to Repeal Draconian Media Legislation in Tanzania

“Press freedom is an important element of the democratization process. The freedom to report critically and question decisions promotes transparency and accountability and helps build robust, open, and democratic institutions …. Increased media freedoms and citizens’ access to information are essential to attaining these goals and consolidating democratic governance and political stability.”

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Newspaper journalists in Tanzania discuss online multi-platform strategies.
Research and Practice | April 23, 2015

Journeys of Peace: Ex-combatants from Azania People’s Liberation Army in South Africa

“This essay summarizes the conclusions drawn from a study funded by the African Peacebuilding Network of the Social Science Research Council. It seeks to explore the ways in which ex-combatants make the transition from the use of violence to peace. These conclusions challenge the view that ex-combatants have continued to be violent in post-apartheid South Africa, and they establish that, even though ex-combatants have held onto their military skills, they are peaceful citizens.”

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Soldiers walk at dusk under a rising crescent moon.
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