Viewpoint provides readers with unique perspectives of African peacebuilding from both leading and emerging scholars and practitioners working in the field. Inspired by attendance at various workshops, conferences, and events involving African Peacebuilding Network staff, these candid conversations offer alternative views and opinions to some of the most pressing issues facing Africa today. Meant to encourage further dialogue, these entries also seek to stimulate future research and necessary collaboration between all actors who continue to shape the continent’s ever-evolving peacebuilding agenda.

Viewpoint | March 8, 2017

Ignored Heroine? Maimuna Siraj, Social Media Activist, Strives for Peace and Women’s Empowerment in Mombasa, Kenya

Peace is costly, but it’s worth the expense. – Kenyan Proverb Kenya is currently in a volatile period heading towards its general elections. Election periods in Kenya and around the world are often characterized by very active social media participation discussing a wide range of topics, including politics, religion, economy, tribal profiling, and geopolitical marginalization. […]

Maimuna Siraj at a peer education event talking to girls about women and leadership, drug use, and HIV/AIDS. Photo courtesy of Joyce Omwoha.
Viewpoint | October 6, 2016

The Response to Epidemics in Africa Should be Gender Sensitive

Governance and  Health in Africa During the launch of the Report of the High Level Roundtable on the Governance Issues in the Multi-Stakeholder Response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on August 26, 2016, the APN team sat down with 2016 APN grantee from University of Khartoum, Sudan, Dr. […]

Viewpoint | August 27, 2016

My APN Experience: Aloysius Ngalim

The following is an interview with Aloysius Ngalim, a 2013 APN grantee.  It explores his experience as a grantee, including the impact of APN training workshops and networking opportunities on his work as an African researcher and teacher.  Dr. Ngalim explains how the program has also contributed to his capacity to introduce new research methods […]

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Viewpoint | July 12, 2016

An Insight into the Race for the Position of Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission

The elections of the 10-member African Union Commission (AUC) have dominated the discourse around the 27th African Union Summit holding from July 10 to 18, 2016 in Rwanda. Analyses, speculations, commentaries and gossip within diplomatic circles have mainly focused on the selection of the replacement of Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is not seeking re-election. The […]

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The 27th African Union Summit started in Kigali, Rwanda, Sunday.
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