Viewpoint | August 11, 2017

Peacebuilding and the Academy in Africa

It is becoming increasingly clear that the effectiveness of peacebuilding in Africa is intertwined with the health of African higher education. Long-term peace in Africa will not be possible without greater African involvement, but African contributions will only be successful when they are grounded in strong research. In May 2017, Carnegie Corporation of New York […]

Photo of a university building at the University of the Witwatersrand with grass in front and blue sky above.
Viewpoint | May 10, 2017

Meet the APN’s New Advisory Board Chair: Professor Ismail Rashid

Last week, Professor Ismail Rashid officially began his tenure as the African Peacebuilding Network’s Advisory Board chair. The following interview with Professor Ismail Rashid was conducted during an event on “Peacebuilding in Africa: Sustaining Inclusive Civil Society Engagement,” hosted by the APN in collaboration with Wilton Park and the African Leadership Centre (ALC), at Wiston […]

Professor Ismail Rashid
Zimbabwe | February 17, 2017

Silence and Denial as Impediments to Peace in Post-Colonial Zimbabwe, 1980-2016

Introduction This appraisal is an interlocution of the twin cultures of silence and denial inherent in Zimbabwe’s post-colonial peacebuilding praxis. It evokes the exigency of placing victimhood, rather than political expediency, at the center of the country’s post-conflict architecture. Zimbabwe’s episodic cycles of violence are customarily resolved through state-mediated reconciliation pronouncements (1980), amnesty ordinances (1979, […]

A participant at an International Citizen Service's workshop on eliminating gender-based violence in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo credit to Gyan Gurung, Flickr user International Citizen Service. Taken on November 25, 2015 in Mutare, Zimbabwe. CC BY 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/icsuk/31348744121/in/photolist-dAKkhf-hE5oza-yo5YZa-bsxocA-dAKjME-dyYvBd-hKCsJs-8KENN9-PLbvsi.
A participant at an International Citizen Service's workshop on eliminating gender-based violence in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo credit to Gyan Gurung, Flickr user International Citizen Service. Taken on November 25, 2015 in Mutare, Zimbabwe. CC BY 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/icsuk/31348744121/in/photolist-dAKkhf-hE5oza-yo5YZa-bsxocA-dAKjME-dyYvBd-hKCsJs-8KENN9-PLbvsi.
Nigeria | February 9, 2017

Review of Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun offers a heart-wrenching account of the Biafran War (1967-1970), beautifully wrapped in a story of love, loyalty, betrayal, resilience, and hope. She places a human face on a war that has been far removed from historical memory outside of Nigeria. As a result of the massacre of […]

Quotation by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: "The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story."
Photo credit to TEDxTrondheim via Flickr user TEDxTrondheim. Taken September 22, 2012. CC BY 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/69392086@N06/8015865065/in/photolist-eRL5n4-y89BoX-q14sVW-ddkpq6-Hb9CRn.
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