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 28, 2017

Life as an APN Alumnus: An Interview with Dr. Asebe Regassa Debelo

The SSRC’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum and African Peacebuilding Network recently collaborated with the American Friends Service Committee and Quaker United Nations Office to host the China-Africa Knowledge Project’s Peace and Security Fellows for a two-day event to discuss the fellows’ field research and a forthcoming manuscript. Dr. Asebe Regassa Debelo, an APN Individual […]

Dr. Asebe Regassa Debelo (IRG 2015), during a visit to the SSRC on February 13, 2017. Photo by Jennifer Sherys-Rivet.
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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