Research and Practice

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

Research and Practice | April 25, 2014

Replacing Boko Haram with an “Attractive Revolution”

“Restarting this process of building mass literacy could be a good way to revitalize all of NEAZDP’s components, rebuild trust, resurrect peace, and open the door to other community-driven integrated development initiatives …. Carried out by and for the people, such initiatives would replace the slogan ‘education is bad’ with ‘education is good,’ and thereby begin to address the integrated problems of generations going back to the 1970s.”

Kaduna, Nigeria
Man walking down street in Kaduna, northern Nigeria.
Research and Practice | September 26, 2013

Transnational Threats to Peace in Africa

This article illustrates the scope and magnitude of threats within Africa by focusing on drug- trafficking, the proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW), and terrorism and will offer suggestions for effectively combating them and promoting peace and security within the continent.

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UFDR soldier protecting airstrip in Sam Ouandja
Research and Practice | April 29, 2013

Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission: The Importance of Documentation in Postwar Education and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRCs) are temporarily established to investigate and document war atrocities committed against civilian populations1 They promote reconciliation between erstwhile enemies, as well as victims and perpetrators, and make recommendations to the post-conflict governments that have supported their establishment on how to avoid any recurrence of abuses. Despite the engagement of national […]

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TRC sign near Monrovia
Research and Practice | February 11, 2013

From Ethnic Violence to Seeds of Peace: Pastoralists, Youth, and Intercommunity Peacebuilding in Northwestern Kenya

Introduction Northwestern Kenya has been a theatre of violent conflict pitting the Pokot, Samburu, and Turkana communities against one another in a fierce and deadly competition. This has been catalyzed by diminishing pasture and water resources, the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, political incitement, disputes over land and ethnic boundaries, the absence of […]

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Pokot and Samburu Morans symbolically shake hands at the Amaya Peace Monument in December 2010.
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