Research and Practice

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

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.
Research and Practice | July 8, 2015

A Soft Power Approach to Eradicating Extremism in Africa

“Leaders, clerics, and scholars at all levels should devise effective strategies to tackle the root causes of extremism and terrorism. The idea is to cultivate a culture of peace, tolerance, and acceptance of unity in diversity, based on diverse African values.”

Photo credit to Albert Gonzalez Farran via Flickr user UNAMID. Taken on May 30, 2012. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Image cropped to fit frame. Original photo:
A multipronged approach is needed to eradicate extremism.
Research and Practice | June 17, 2015

Engaging Gender, Peace, and Security through the Lens of Terrorism: The Case of Boko Haram

“Evolving security concerns have globally and continentally provided an entry point to discussing gender, peace, and security, mainly by focusing on SGBV in conflict situations. If we look at these issues through the lens of terrorism, what new insights emerge?”

Photo credit to EC/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie via Flickr user European Commission DG ECHO. Taken on December 8, 2014. CC BY-ND 4.0. Image cropped to fit frame. Original photo:
A Nigerian refugee from Damassak.
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.”

Photo credit to UN Photo/Stuart Price via Flickr user United Nations Photo. Taken on May 24, 2012. This photo is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Image was cropped to fit frame. Original photo:
Soldiers walk at dusk under a rising crescent moon.
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