Research and Practice

These Kujenga Amani essays explore the future of African peacebuilding research and practice.

Research and Practice | May 2, 2016

“If I Die, Let Me Be the Last”: Reflecting on Dr. Lukwiya and Uganda’s Efforts Against Ebola

“Promoting public awareness about the disease and developing mechanisms of social support to victims and affected communities is extremely critical because the outbreaks of virus diseases such as Ebola are social issues inasmuch they are medical issues, and go beyond biomedical concerns alone. None of these tactics, however, are possible without good governance and effective leadership, which we as Africans must advocate for and hold our leaders accountable.”

Photo credit to UN Photo/Martine Perret. Taken January 17, 2015. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo:
A burial team volunteer disinfects their personal protective equipment after carrying the body of a woman who died from the Ebola virus.
Research and Practice | April 13, 2016

Congolese Soldiers as Victims: Military Prosecution and Punishment

“Some soldiers are victimized by the very military they serve through court martial proceedings that often delay prosecution and then serve up an unfair and tedious process. What is needed at the policy level is independent civilian jurisdiction to prosecute soldiers who commit offenses.”

Photo credit to UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti via Flickr user United Nations Photo. Taken on June 5, 2014. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo:
A member of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC).
Research and Practice | January 11, 2016

Human Rights Abuses against the Bakassi People: Are Nigeria and Cameroon Liable?

“For the Nigeria–Cameroon border conflict, however—deemed settled between the contesting parties by the Greentree Agreement in 2006—the continuing violation by one or both parties of the rights of the people living in the disputed Bakassi Peninsula raises questions with regard to the functionality of the settlement and the processes that brought it about.”

Photo credit to EC/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie via Flickr user European Commission DG ECHO. Taken on Taken on December 7, 2014. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Image cropped to fit frame. Original photo:
Photo credit to EC/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie via Flickr user European Commission DG ECHO.
Research and Practice | October 11, 2015

Development and Justice in the Polluted Waterscape of the Niger Delta

“Narratives of resource control and ownership in the Niger Delta have not adequately addressed its water crises, especially with respect to a newly emergent neoliberal water market, social justice, and development; instead, most studies of the region have focused on oil. This essay, therefore, draws on a four-year ethnographic study in the region to examine how the emergent water market, driven by an ‘invisible hand,’ reconfigures contours of social justice and development in the affected communities.”

Photo credit to Victor Ogbonnaya Okorie (2014). Used with author's permission.
A polluted well in the Niger Delta that has been sealed off by the government.
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